Short Story review ‘Driving in the Dark’

  • Writer: Jack Harding
  • Publisher: independently published
  • Publishing year: 2021
  • Number of pages: 24
  • My rating: 4/5

𝕯𝖗𝖎𝖛𝖎𝖓𝖌 𝖎𝖓 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝕯𝖆𝖗𝖐 by Jack Harding (

‘Keep your eyes on the road, dickhead’

Riley is off from work for 12 days! The only thing separating him from this freedom and from his sweetheart, his Emma, is an hour and a half drive, 70 miles of road! And his only companion is The Boss, Mr. Bruce Springsteen! But why is that one sentence said by Emma ringing constantly in his head?

This is the second short story by Jack I’ve read this year. His other, React, had such a surprising ending while this was a little more predictable. That being said, I loved how Riley’s thoughts in the car along the long drive sound so familiar. Don’t we all just meander when we’re on a long drive, by ourselves? Don’t we all overthink the things in our lives when we’re doing something as monotone as driving in the dark?
If anything, this story does learn us all to not do stuff while driving… leave that phone, don’t go fiddling with the navigation… concentrate and keep your eyes on the road, dickheads! 😉


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