Thursday, March 18, 2010

When Night Falls

Margaret Daley

A violent encounter in a deserted parking lot is FBI agent Sam Pierce's only clue to the menace who is stalking child psychologist Jocelyn Gold.  A random event?  Or a client's revenge?  When darkness falls, the danger deepens...

My Take:

What a disappointment.  Although I was totally turned off from the generic title of "When Darkness Falls", when the book started I was immediately intrigued.  The beginning started off with a bang and was quite promising and suspenseful.  However, the further into the story I got, the less I cared about the characters and the less interesting the plot was.  Honestly, the bad guy was so predictable, and there were no twists whatsoever.  Just because it is a short story doesn't mean you can't take the time to build proper suspense.  If you are looking for a suspenseful short story, you've got to check out "The Ravine" by Ray Bradbury, the master of short stories in my ever so humble opinion.  He shows that a well developed short story can be done, it doesn't need to feel rushed, as this one does.  This book was also a Christian book, and I have enjoyed reading many a book from that genre, so long as the religious references feel natural and fluid.  However, those are not the words I would use to describe "When Darkness Falls".  The references felt jerky and forced, along with a lot of the dialogue.  I'm not normally one to totally rip apart a book, but this one was just not good.  I am so glad I got it free on my Kindle, if I had paid for this, I would not be happy at all.  I'm torn between the 2 lowest ratings, but I think I've got to rate this a 5, Don't Even Bother.  Harsh but true.

Do you agree with my review?  Do you think I'm totally off base?  Either way I'd love to hear from you, be sure to leave a comment and tell me how you feel.

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Emidy said...

I loved your review! Too bad this book sucked, though. I'll be staying away from it.

from Une Parole

Kayla said...

I'm enjoying reading your book reviews. I am a book junkie but not surrounded by them. I like having a blog to help me get something I can sink my teeth into.

Carl said...

Hi Kate,
this is the first time visiting your site and I liked it very much.Thank you for your little introduction on WWB as well.I look forward to reading you in the future.

Jana said...

Hi Kate, I know it feels terrible to say anything bad about a book but you owe it to your readers to do an honest a review of a book as possible. Hoping to read many more useful and interesting reviews from you…

Lina said...

Thanks for the honest review. I just finished reading a not-so-great book too. It's frustrating when the story starts out promising, but leaves you disappointed in the end.


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