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When Jacob left home for a new life, he pretty much forgot all about Maryfield, North Carolina. But Maryfield never forgot him. Or forgave him.

After a failed business venture in Boston, Jacob Logan comes back to the small Southern town of his childhood and takes up residence in the isolated house he grew up in. Here, the air is still. The nights are black. And his parents
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Gallery Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Laura
Jan 03, 2015 Laura rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe it's me... but this book did nothing for me. It seemed like it was trying to be a lot like Stephen King, but never quite got up to speed; I ended up as confused as the hero, who never quite got what was going on until the very, very end (and even then I'm not sure either of us understood). This seems more like "homage to" derivative writing than anyone with a really new, creative idea.
William Bentrim
Jun 04, 2010 William Bentrim rated it really liked it
Firefly Rain by Richard Dansky

I was a bit annoyed to discover that I was second guessed on the cover of the book. I thought that Dansky had a style reminiscent of Pat Conroy and sure enough there was a note on the cover comparing him to Conroy and Stephen King. I think that is an accurate comparison.

The story is of a homecoming that has a decidedly twisted turn. Jacob returns home after some business reverses. He finds that he doesn’t quite fit in the small town lifestyle as well as he once did
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Merryish
May 01, 2010 Merryish rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody on earth
Shelves: 2010, horror
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Laura de Leon
Apr 22, 2010 Laura de Leon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, review-copy
Firefly Rain was the creepiest book I've read in a while, and I mean that in a good way!

A quote on the back cover refers to this book as horror, but this isn't what I think of when I see that label.

The novel has a very gothic feel, with mysterious happenings, a spooky house, a young protagonist at a crossroads in his life (although I tend to think of gothic novels as featuring women), and even a little romance (key to the plot, although not to the storytelling).

The book examines what it mean to
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Wade
Jun 16, 2015 Wade rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book peaked my interest one day when I saw it in a Barnes & Noble. The reason? The front cover said it reads like Pat Conroy and Stephen King, two of my favorite authors. And to top it off, it looked to deal with a haunted house, which seems to be overdone, but I have always been a sucker for that kind of story. So how could I resist! I immediately ordered from faithful Amazon and dove in. To my surprise, this is a book where nothing happens much, nothing is creepy, and the characters a ...more
Christie
Aug 18, 2014 Christie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not to be confused with Firefly Lane, Richard Dansky’s debut novel Firefly Rain is about the prodigal son coming back to his childhood home in some back woods town in North Carolina – although he just calls it ‘Carolina.’ His business in Boston has failed, his parents are dead, but the old homestead is just waiting for him.

So, yeah, Jacob Logan goes home to Maryfield. His childhood isn’t quite as he remembered it. For one thing, the fireflies he used to catch on his property now don’t seem to wa
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Tahieuba Chaudhry
Mar 31, 2016 Tahieuba Chaudhry rated it liked it
After a business bust in Boston, the protagonist Jacob Logan reluctantly returns home to North Carolina. He stays at the house he grew up and his parents’ grave is at the back. Although it should feel like home, it’s far from that. It’s spooky and doesn’t make a lot of sense.
First, upon Jacob’s arrival, his belongings go missing in a highway accident. Then his car is stolen from his driveway, without making a sound. The townspeople seem suspicious and the caretaker Carl has many secrets and is n
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Sandy Benitez
When I bought this book, I hadn't realized it was published back in 2008, oh well. It actually took me about 8 days rather than the usual 3-4 days to finish reading this book, maybe because I forced myself to continue reading it after losing interest within the first few chapters. The story was slow going and seemed to just drag along; the conversation was dull and dry. It took me a while to get a hang of the southern slang but the author definitely ensured you could hear the long drawl of Jacob ...more
Laura
Jan 31, 2009 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, horror, ghost
I had high hopes for this novel, particularly as it started out well and demonstrated that Richard Dansky has some writing talent. In the end, my less than enthusiastic review comes down to two main factors, one of which is entirely my fault: namely that the "paranoia" theme - particularly in a small town where everyone seems to be in on "the secret" and is vaguely hostile to the newcomer - is one of my least favorite plot types.

Leaving my own preferences aside however, I can see that Richard Da
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Cinnamon
Apr 22, 2010 Cinnamon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
Right off the bat I will tell you that I read FIREFLY RAIN by Richard Dansky in one sitting. I never meant to, but once I turned the first page, the rest followed rather quickly. Not only was the writing style easy to follow and pleasant, the story was compelling; always developing new twists and turns to keep the reader hooked.

Jacob Logan is a failed businessman, having lost heart in the business that kept him away from home. Having first left for college, Jacob felt drawn away from home and s
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Wendy Hines
When Jacob Logan left home for college, he promised his mother repeatedly he'd come home. He never did to stay, and now sixteen years later, with both parents deceased, Jacob decides to go home to his small hometown of Maryfield, North Carolina.

When he had come home years earlier for his mom's funeral, he hired a local man and friend of his parents to be caretaker of the home. His name is Carl and Jacob doesn't trust him, but he seems to have done a good job on the house.

Everything is in working
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Jennifer
Jan 10, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery, thriller
From my blog...[return]Jacob Logan's business has failed and he decides to pack up and take a break back at his childhood home in North Carolina, a place he has not been in many years, a place he has tried to forget. Thus begins Firefly Rain by Richard Dansky, a novel were things do more than go bump in the night. One fond memory Jacob holds is of catching fireflies, yet none appear to cross onto his property line. His car refuses to start, then is stolen without a trace while he sleeps, a set o ...more
Jennifer
From My Blog...
Jacob Logan's business has failed and he decides to pack up and take a break back at his childhood home in North Carolina, a place he has not been in many years, a place he has tried to forget. Thus begins Firefly Rain by Richard Dansky, a novel were things do more than go bump in the night. One fond memory Jacob holds is of catching fireflies, yet none appear to cross onto his property line. His car refuses to start, then is stolen without a trace while he sleeps, a set of toy so
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Kathy Jackson
Jan 22, 2012 Kathy Jackson rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: ghosts
Goodreads:

When Jacob left home for a new life, he pretty much forgot all about Maryfield, North Carolina. But Maryfield never forgot him. Or forgave him.

After a failed business venture in Boston, Jacob Logan comes back to the small Southern town of his childhood and takes up residence in the isolated house he grew up in. Here, the air is still. The nights are black. And his parents are buried close by. It should feel like home—but something is terribly wrong.

Jacob loses all his belongings in a h
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J.L. Hilton
Jul 25, 2011 J.L. Hilton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dansky makes the ghosts of the past, those ghosts inside all of us, into real things. It's terrifying, and masterfully done. But don't go into this looking for an action-packed plot. It's a character study, wrapped in an homage to North Carolina. The author did an excellent job of depicting the contrasts between rural and urban, Southern and Northern, and the protagonist Jacob caught in the middle. Jacob did seem a bit of the bumbling idiot, but I think that was by design. He was out of place, o ...more
Cindy Huffman
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Chibineko
Like another reviewer stated, it is easy to see that the author wrote for games. From the beginning of the book I couldn't help but think of other video games out there that this reminded me a little bit of. This isn't a bad thing, but I will caution readers to not expect perfection out of this book. If you do, you'll be disappointed.

The book's plot follows the character of Jacob Logan, a failed businessman who travels back home after years of being away. With all of his family now dead & b
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Bezalel
Mar 05, 2011 Bezalel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up at the supermarket, looking for something in the supernatural/paranormal genre. I've had a run of bad luck lately with fiction. Everything is always so predictable and stale. I thought the title of this book was rather iffy...reminded me too much of that annoying "ten million fireflies" song I hate so much. But WOW was I pleasantly surprised! This is a fresh, original, entertaining, fun-to-read page-turner and is exactly what I was looking for! Reminds me of my early days w ...more
Christine (booktumbling)
Apr 24, 2010 Christine (booktumbling) rated it really liked it
acob Logan is at a crossroads with his life in Boston. Hoping to find a sense of direction, he returns to his small, rural hometown in North Carolina to take up residence in his childhood home years after his parents deaths. He is alone in an isolated house but this is exactly what he needs...

You know this cannot turn out well. There is the odd discovery that fireflies avoid the property - landing on the Logan land is equal to death. Jacob's car is stolen and the strange Officer Hanratty is one
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Moni
Firefly Rain tells the story of Jacob Logan. After going away to college in Boston, and subsequently failing with his own business, Jacob returns to his hometown of Maryfield, North Carolina. Since the death of his parents the mysterious Carl has been caretaker of the Logan family home. Jacob assumes control of the household from Carl only to find out that he's not alone. [return][return]This is the debut novel from Richard Dansky, a video game writer and designer living in North Carolina. The b ...more
Carol
Jun 29, 2010 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Horror is not a genre I'm usually all that much into, but I really enjoyed this book. One of the main factors of my enjoyment is that this was a supernatural/haunted house kind of horror story, which is the kind I prefer. It is about Jacob Logan, who returns to his rural North Carolina hometown and the house he grew up in to gather himself together after a failed business venture in Boston. However, instead of a peaceful regrouping in comforting familiarity, Jacob finds himself in the midst of s ...more
Mark
Oct 11, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-read
I'm not usually a reader of this sort of book, sci-fi being my main genre of reading, but I picked this up while browsing one of my local shops. I couldn't tell you what drew me to it - maybe the title, maybe the cover, maybe even the synopsis - but I just wanted to read it once I saw it. It's nice to have a change every now and then, and Firefly Rain hit that craving I needed for something a little different, and made Richard Dansky an author I'll be reading again.

Jacob Logan returns to Marylan
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Cheryl
Apr 22, 2010 Cheryl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jacob Logan left his home town of Maryfield, North Carolina as soon as he could and never looked back. Now, Jacob is all grown up. Jacob has returned home. Both his parents have passed away. It isn’t long that Jacob has been back before he starts experiencing weird and unexplainable things. There is an evil force in the house and surrounding the property. Jacob can remember chasing after the fireflies that were around his home, when he was a little boy. It appears that the fireflies have somethi ...more
drey
Apr 25, 2010 drey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads, horror
Firefly Rain tells the story of a small town boy who grew up and left that small town, never returning until after both his parents have passed away, and the life he's built for himself starts to crumble. Jacob Logan moves back to his hometown five years after his mother's death, to try and collect himself so that he can start out again. He figures that it would be a nice change of pace, and being home would provide an environment for him to regain his footing.

However, once there, it seems as if
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Molly Amory
Apr 14, 2011 Molly Amory rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody on earth
Shelves: 2010, and, horror
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Donna
May 21, 2008 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
After the failure of his business in Boston, Jacob Logan planned a short stay at his childhood home while he thought about his options. But after returning to his family's land, he was caught up in a series of disturbing events that he couldn't understand until learning more about the town and about his family's past.

This was a surprisingly interesting ghost story with a few good twists. The build-up was excellent and I thought it was paced really well. There were some nicely creepy scenes.

The m
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Jackie
This is the first book in a brand-new imprint meant to showcase new voices in speculative fiction as well as a first novel for the author, who is a video
game writer/designer. This really made for a creepy Halloween read I have to say.

Jacob Logan escaped small town North Carolina life for the big city of Boston. Like we all do, he continually promised his folks he'd come back to visit, and they held the belief that he would return home for good right through to their deaths. Things turn sour for
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MB
Aug 03, 2012 MB rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Warning: Some spoilers

The entire reason I gave this book two stars: If it's billed as horror, it better be scary. At the least, it better be creepy. Or suspenseful.

I just could not get behind this character. I felt like he refused to ever actually do anything or make a decision for himself, and just went in whatever direction fate sent him. Even at the end of the book, I felt as though he was saying, "I'll stay. For a while. Unless I don't. But I might. But I want to leave."

Also missing: a reaso
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Kimberly Yates
This book was almost impossible to put down. I just couldn't stop reading. From the first sentence, I was intrigued, clinging to the story line, just waiting to see what was going to happen, waiting to see where the story would take me. I loved this book. Its the best Ive read in a long time. I keep wanting to say, Intrigue. The suspense will drive you crazy, I would almost expect this book to have been made into a movie it was so good. There were odd moments but later you truly realize why thos ...more
Gaby
Richard Dansky's Firefly Rain doesn't read like a debut novel. The main character, Jacob Logan, draws the reader in from the start. Jacob comes across as intelligent, articulate, and logical. When strange things seem to happen around him, it's hard to tell whether he's succumbed to the pressure or whether his imaginings are real. Richard Dansky handles the uncertainty with considerable skill.

Although hints are dropped throughout the book, the significance of the fireflies is not revealed until n
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By day, Richard Dansky works as a professional video game designer and writer for Red Storm/Ubisoft, with credits on games like Splinter Cell: Blacklist. By night, he writes fiction, with his most recent book being the short fiction collection SNOWBIRD GOTHIC. Richard lives in North Carolina with his wife and their inevitable cats, books, and collection of single malt whiskys.
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