Go Fish - by Ian Rogers - book review.

Updated: Jul 14, 2021

To start things off, here’s the official blurb:

A team of psychic investigators are assigned to examine the grisly death of a night watchman in an abandoned fish processing plant.

Yeah, that’s about it. Short, but to the point. Speaking of which, Go Fish runs in at only 44 pages and doesn’t waste any time with superfluous fluff. Ian Rogers has a story to tell, and he gets on with it. Just like the blurb - short but to the point.

Something that drew me to the story was the mention of a night watchman. I’ve worked security detail on buildings before, including patrolling a (mostly) empty mental health facility. One thing I’ve never done is patrol an abandoned fish processing plant, nor have I encountered anything spooky, so I was intrigued to see how the story was going to progress.

Yes, a security guard certainly does meet a grisly end. So grisly, that I’m pretty sure someone had to use a mop to clean up most of his remains.

You see, something spooky is indeed lurking in the building, something that the owners are aware of and something that warrants a trio of investigators to examine further. Good job that a couple of them are psychics. Although, they could be in for a spot of bother when they tangle with a ghostly underwater creature.

I’ll admit that what amounts to ‘psychics vs ghost shark’ does sound like another movie made by The Asylum and aired on the Syfy channel, but it’s nowhere near as cheesy as it sounds. It’s probably why the blurb is so short because otherwise, it could sound a little ridiculous and more like a tongue in cheek homage to those aforementioned flicks. Instead, it’s a serious and well crafted little tale. The characters are well presented and believable, even though given the short page count there is little exposition. Characters are written in such a way that the reader can instantly tell what sort of people they are, based on a few choice words linked to our memories of similar people we’ve met - albeit probably without the psychic powers.

There might not be a lot of story here in terms of size, but what there is works well. It was an enjoyable tale that left me wanting more from the characters and the world they inhabit, which is always a double-edged sword in a way. It’s a testament to the writer’s skill at creating lore that I want to delve into further, but it's also disappointing that the short page count means that it’s over very quickly. That’s probably my only negative with the story. The fact that it could well have been the intro to a much larger tale rather than a short story that was over just as I was getting into it.

There is one other thing that I didn’t like, and that is the cover. Well, that’s not strictly true. I like the artwork and think it looks great; I just don’t think it suits the story. It appears more suited to a shojo manga than it does a story about a killer ghost fish.

Not that any of that detracted from my enjoyment of the story, and I’m looking forward to picking up more of Ian Rogers’ work based on this brief glimpse into what he can do. Go Fish mixes the supernatural with realistic characters to deliver an entertaining read.

You can find it here on amazon kindle in the UK for the (at the time of printing) super low price of £0.72

And here for kindle in the US where it (again at the time of printing) only costs $0.99