Jeremy Finley’s The Darkest Time of Night opens with the young grandson of an influential senator going missing in the woods outside of his parents house. The only witness to the possible abduction is his older brother who has become catatonic and can only say that ‘the lights took him…’ The narrative is told from the perspective of Lynn Roseworth, the boy’s grandmother. The reader soon finds out that forty years prior Lynn had worked with a group of UFO researchers. Themes of the past regrets, personal loyalties, and government conspiracy permeate this mystery.
Lynn knows that ‘the truth is out there,’ and Finley does a good job setting up an investigation riddled with cover ups, half truths, and family secrets. His action sequences, especially in the raucous climax, are well done. The components for a good story are present, yet the atmosphere wasn’t developed enough throughout and the characters don’t feel convincing. It was continually difficult at times to suspend disbelief and accept the many coincidences.
Overall, The Darkest Time of Night is a solid debut. I would recommend this book, with some reservations, and I look forward to more of Finley’s writing.
3 out of 5 stars
Comes out on June 26th, 2018.
Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, and the author for an advanced copy for review.