Friday, December 19, 2014

When Night Comes by Dan Walsh

Jack Turner comes back to Culpepper to give a series of lectures for his old history professor. Within days, he starts having bizarre experiences at night. Like he's traveling back in time, experiencing the epic events in his lectures firsthand. He has no control over these experiences and can't make them stop.

Joe Boyd thought he'd left big city crime back in Pittsburgh when he took a detective job in Culpepper, Georgia, a sleepy southern college town. His peaceful life ends when two students turn up dead in two weeks. The coroner is saying natural causes, but something doesn't add up.

Rachel Cook, a teaching assistant at Culpepper, can't believe Jack is back in her life again. She's had a crush on him since she was fourteen, but Jack never knew. He instantly seems attracted to her, but she can tell...something is deeply troubling him.

Watching all this from a distance is Nigel Avery. He's certain this experiment's about to unravel. It'll be his job to tie up all the loose ends when it does.

Bestselling author Dan Walsh is known for page-turning story lines. Fans of his novels The Discovery and What Follows After will especially love...When Night Comes.

My review:
  I had the chance to get a free e-book version of this book from  the author to review, but I don't like e-books, and he being a favorite author of mine, wanted a real copy of the book, so I passed and told him I'd buy a hard copy of the book and leave a review. This is me keeping my promise.

  Dan Walsh is one of my favorite authors, and normally writes non-suspense. He has been compared to Nicholas Sparks, and I would also say he is comparable to Karen Kingsbury. He has done two novels that leaned toward suspense, and wanted to also get into that genre'. Since his publisher wouldn't let him write two genre's, he self-published this, his first actual suspense novel. And I loved it. I hope he still writes the genre' he has become known for, but also keeps up with suspense.

   I have read a lot of suspense novels, that being my favorite genre', and I can honestly say Dan held his own with authors who have been writing it for years. When the book started, there seemed to be two plots going on and I wondered what they had to do with each other, but it soon became obvious what they had in common. I thought the plot was genius. People dying mysterious deaths that seemed natural and not connected, yet they were.

 I made the mistake of starting the book one evening when I didn't have time to finish it, and didn't get very far. I did finish it the next night, though I had to stay up a little past my bed time to do so, but it was so worth it. This was a book worth reading. Great plot and characters, and though it was a lighter on Christian content than Dan's other books, it would still classify as Christian. The book had a satisfying conclusion, though I was sad to see it end. I highly recommend it to suspense readers, though  people who don't read suspense and like Dan's other books, may not enjoy this one.

About the author:

Dan Walsh's debut novel, The Unfinished Gift, won 2 Carol Awards and has been published in several editions and different languages. It continues to be an Amazon bestseller during the Christmas season 5 years later and has sold over 50,000 copies. 

With the sequel, The Homecoming, book reviewers began to liken Dan's writing to Nicholas Sparks. Dan's 3rd novel, The Deepest Waters, earned his 3rd Carol Award for Best Short Historical. His 4th novel, Remembering Christmas became his first national bestseller and was a finalist for Inspirational Book of the Year. 

Since then, Dan has written 10 more novels, including a 4-book fiction series with Gary Smalley. The Discovery and The Reunion, both stand-alones, were also named finalists for RT's Inspirational Book of the Year and both have over 250 5-Star reviews on Amazon. The Reunion has also been optioned for a movie by Team Two Entertainment.

Dan released his first indie-published suspense novel, When Night Comes, Nov 1st.

He lives in the Daytona Beach area with his wife, Cindi, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel. They've been married for 38 years and have 2 grown children and 3 grandchildren.

Check out his website