Wood . . . the forest near the park; fall leaves on the ground; the hedgerow boardering your house. It's all alive.
Rose finally gets out of the facility and returns home to see Nana, but what she finds there is not happiness. The man following her becomes her friend, sort of, and the monster they fight is growing and developing. It will return.
Well written and extremely descriptive, Wood by Robert Dunbar is an enjoyable short read, for the most part. The characters have full backgrounds and easily spring to life off the page. The writing, while flowing with descriptive prose and packed with information, reads easily and simply pulls the reader along. The ending is, probably, as it should be. If there is to be one "partially negative" comment to make, it would have to be that the final few scenes of this very good book, do not hold as much tension as the build-up hints at.
This can be easily overlooked, though, with prose as strong as it is and characters as well defined as they are, in so few words, and Wood therefore becomes a novella worth reading.