I both loved and hated this one... loved it because it was engrossing from the beginning, and hated it because the author gave up on it... and had quite a few other faults.
Good way to start a novel, open it up with a bang. The story itself has plenty of potential, but sadly it looks like the author gave up on it.
The grammar is... barely passable in this one, but I'm going to assume English isn't their first language so they still did well with it. The author gave up on it I think though... I also can't get a picture of what the world looks like at all. I mean, 8 chapters and I feel like all of it is a gray blob with a SUV and a barn, which feels really out of place for the location they are supposedly in.
Just because you aren't going to win doesn't mean you should drop. What you should do is keep working at it, build up your readers, and then try again later. It's not a contest of quality, it's a contest of popularity remember.