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Darkness All Around by Doug Magee
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Jul 14, 12

bookshelves: 2012
Read from June 22 to 25, 2012

Dark­ness All Around by Doug Magee is a mys­tery novel tak­ing place in a small town. Besides the mys­tery which the story cen­ters around, the book also cap­tures the neu­ro­sis feel of small town pol­i­tics.

Eleven years after Risa’s best friend was mur­dered, her hus­band Sean comes back to town claim­ing he is the mur­derer. He was con­sid­ered dead and the mur­derer has been caught, but such small details don’t stop Sean from try­ing to prove his guilt.

The small Penn­syl­va­nia town is set ablaze when vio­lent forces react to Sean’s out­ra­geous claims and mys­te­ri­ous return. Risa thinks some­thing is not right with Sean’s claim, but she is will­ing to help him out but doesn’t real­ize the price she might have to pay.

Dark­ness All Around by Doug Magee is a dif­fer­ent kind of thriller which will keep you guess­ing until the end. The book would make a great selec­tion for a book club because of all that’s hap­pen­ing, not only in the mys­tery arena, but also the psy­chol­ogy of the char­ac­ters, their rela­tion­ships and how they han­dle the chal­lenges which con­stantly come up.

The pace of the book changes often, some­times it’s slow, the oth­ers light­ning fast but the nar­ra­tive kept up my inter­est regard­less. Parts of the novel has an almost small-town claus­tro­pho­bic feel to them, grow­ing up in small towns and places where every­one knows your busi­ness within a few moments, I can appre­ci­ate the notion.

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