Closed at Dark by Rob Blackwell
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Publisher’s Description: When a mysterious white-haired man tries to kidnap Sara Ignatius’ son and then vanishes before her eyes, Sara knows there’s only one person who can help her: Soren Chase, one of the country’s best supernatural investigators.
For Soren, the case is personal. Sara’s fiancé was John Townes, Soren’s best friend who died in a supernatural attack several years earlier. Soren will do anything to save Sara’s son, but he must act fast. Because the kidnapper has a mission of his own, and he’s willing to destroy anyone who gets in his way…
A prequel to the full-length novel The Forest of Forever, Closed at Dark is a self-contained novella that can be enjoyed by anyone who loves urban fantasy, mystery and suspense.
Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel (in other words, SPOILERS!).
Soren Chase is a paranormal detective. That, in itself, was enough to pull me in. The protagonist is a self tortured, broody man (just my type) that needs redemption. This story is a prequel to the series and it probably answers some questions, but since I haven’t read the series, I haven’t many questions……..yet.
The story is well written and it kept me flipping pages as quick as I could. The world is modern day where children are stolen and sold except the bad guy is a literally a horrible monster. There was a strong mystery that came together fairly quickly, but in a novella you would expect no less. Mr. Blackwell had me guessing right up til the end.
The characters were good. I would have liked a little more description of them so I could picture them in my head. The only two that I got a clear picture was Sarah, her son Alex and his dad, John. Peter was well described because he gave me the creepy crawlies.
Overall, I rate the story a 4. I am looking forward to the first book in the series. This is a good read for an hours worth of waiting time, but just be warned that once you pick up, you won’t be able to stop.
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