Review by Dr. Paul Dumol, Professor, University of Asia and The Pacific

Keeping Her in the Light (Eternal Press at Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada) is Nicole Fuentes’s first novella. It is pulp fiction without the sex, and at the same time a little more than. It should be judged on its own merits, but I will not do that and call attention instead to the writer’s age—sixteen. She is in fact a high school senior and resides in Metro Manila. Miss Fuentes has a precocious sense of storytelling. She demonstrates early mastery of the intricate skills of writing thrillers: her first work is a page-turner. There is violence in spades. But her main character is sensitive and intelligent and is thankfully not propelled by pop psychology. There are parts that are almost philosophical. We await Miss Fuentes’s blossoming.

pauldumol@gmail.com

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