1979. Jimmy Carter is elected America's 39th President. New York police apprehend the "Son of Sam," and the King of Rock n' Roll has permanently left the building. In a town called Midnight, North Carolina, twelve-year-old Kyle Mackey couldn't care less about any of that. He has his own problems to deal with, as he vent ...more
A young boy, Kyle, witnesses a murder. ( Very Boy's Life-ish so far.) " Do you remember the exact moment when your childhood ended? I do."
So begins the mystery and the rain. This is a fine tale of growing up the hard way. Kyle is discovering that all is not what it seems to be. Not the sheriff, not his mother, and not even his older brother, Dan. He's trying to do the right thing, but that isn't ...more
One day in August of 77 Kyle Mackey witnessed an event t ...more
I couldn't help it. It's an easy comparison. The Body and Summer of Night also come to mind. Midnight Rain was less a horror novel and more of a coming of age story blended with mystery/crime elements. All in all, very well done and the tension really builds near the end. "Gripping" is a word I'll use for the last 15%.
I also want to note that I believe this is one of the first books published by the author (2004.) I've read three of h ...more
Midnight Rain is a coming-of-age story about twelve-year-old, Kyle Mackey. Kyle, a kid who loves his bike, loves his older brother, and lives with his alcoholic mother, has a spot in the woods that he loves to hang out in away from the rest of the world. The ...more
The story is interesting and well-paced, the characters fleshed-out, and the ...more
Kyle must wrestle with his desire to hold onto his childhood and his desire to do the rig ...more
Review 1: Listen it's by James Newman - no review needed - just buy the thing!
Review 2: Midnight Rain was Mr Newman's first full novel. After a quick conversation with him on Facebook a couple of nights ago (give that a go by the way - he is one of the most approachable and friendly authors I know of) he told me he was rather proud of it. I think I have to agree that he should be immensely proud of it. For a debut n ...more
I want to say thank you, Mr. Newman; thank you for writing Midnight Rain. I absolutely loved this book. The prose was smooth, the story-telling personal, and the pace was perfect. It's been a long time since I felt for a character as much as I did for Kyle. Fantastic read.
Definitely a page-turner!
Midnight Rain is a book that flew way under my radar, and if it wasn't for a friend of mine picking up a print copy and sending it old school, snail mail style, there's a chance I never would have discovered it.
An absolute must read for fans of Robert M ...more
James Newman comes damn close with MIDNIGHT RAIN. He gives it to us with both barrels on the first line: “Do you remember the exact moment your childhood ended? I do.” Haunting and lyric. Kyle is twelve years old, and the book opens with him wit ...more
James Newman’s first book is the story of Kyle Mackey, a twelve year old boy living in Midnight, North Carolina. One night he witnesses something terrible and it changes the course of the rest of his life...
This is Newman’s coming-of-age tale but it is not like other episodic tales of that genre. This is a tale of growing horror, of secrets around every corner, and of the true nature...more