Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Darlington Woods by Mike Dellosso... Light The Darkness Book Tour

I'm happy and priveleged to be part of Mike Dellosso's Light The Darkness Book Tour. Today, I am posting a review of his newest book, Darlington Woods. Tomorrow, check back here for a guest blog by the author.

Book description:

Something evil is drawing them here . . .

Rob Shields has just lost his wife and son. Battling depression, denial, and an irrational fear of darkness, Rob travels to the small town of Mayfield, MD to check out a house he has inherited from his great aunt Wilda, a woman he has never even met. There in Mayfield strange things begin to happen that lead Rob to believe his son, Jimmy, is not really dead. After a restless night and eerie dream, Rob is convinced the answer to the mystery surrounding Jimmy’s disappearance and alleged death is to be found in a village called Darlington, a town found on no map.

Teaming up with a quirky local waitress who insists she has been there, Shields begins his quest to find the truth about the town—and his son. In Darlington, Rob and Juli come face to face with the town’s secret, creatures called Darklings inhabit the night and instill paralyzing fear in Darlington’s citizens. Their search for Jimmy leads them into the woods surrounding Darlington where, once in, there seems to be no way out.

My review:

This is Mike's third book, and it is also his most riveting and creepiest. But creepy in a good way. In my opinion, this book is similar to Frank Peretti's first couple of books, This Present Darkness and Piercing The Darknesss, but much more suspenseful. This book really lives up to the term "nail-biting.
Darlington Woods is a lot about fears. About letting them rule our lives, and about God being able to help us conquer our fears if we surrender to Him. It is about good versus evil. Light versus darkness, and the fact that light vanquishes the darkness - even the darkness inside of us.  In the book, the main character, Rob, has lost a lot, including his faith. His life is ruled by fear, and he is forced to confront his fears and make the choice to trust God and surrender all, or let the evil win.

I received a galley copy of Darlington Woods over a month ago, but made myself wait a little closer to the review date to read it. I decided today, April 20, was close enough. As I kind of figured would happen, once I started it, I did not want to put it down until I finished it, so yes, it is one of those "read-in-one-sitting books" - allowing for bathroom and drink breaks, of course.

This is a fiction book, but it is a powerful portrayal of good and evil and the battle for man's soul. As I previously stated, the book is creepy, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, and it is not a book for the faint of heart. It has a lot of suspense and spiritual/supernatural elements. And it is definitely Christian. I applaud authors like Mike who can write a riveting and suspenseful novel, yet write a book that has God and His workings all throughout it. I highly recommend this book, and Mike's other two books, Hunted and Scream.

A side note to my friends..... I have a galley copy, and would like a real copy. My birthday is May 26....... ;-)

About the author:

Mike Dellosso writes novels of suspense for both the mind and the soul. He writes to both entertain and challenge. In addition to his novels, Mike is also an adjunct professor at Lancaster Bible College and a faculty member at the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writer's Conference.

Darlington Woods is Mike's third novel, and in my humble opinion, he just keeps getting better with each book he puts out.

Darlington Woods is available from Realms Publishing.

Thanks to Realms Publishing for the review copy.
Check out Mike's blog/website here.