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Darkness All Around by Doug Magee
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Darkness All Around

By Doug Magee

This book grips the reader right from the first page and keeps that grip tight until the last page. The plot is stronger than the character which feel a bit stereotyped. This is not a police procedural or an amateur detective mystery, just a woman trying to understand what happened to her life and her love. She lost her true love to drink and disappearance, but she married her second-best friend and has had a good marriage. He is good to her and good to her son.

She is consciously disturbed by the violence she sees in her son as he plays football and wonders if it is learned behavior or something more sinister. She learns her first love and former husband has returned and he is sober and claiming he killed her best friend before he disappeared. Her current husband, Mr Second Best, is a politician in the midst of an important campaign and the last thing he wants is the reappearance of the long declared dead husband who thinks he is a murderer. This plot line continues through the book, with twists and turns, complete with gun-happy crazies, chase scenes and unrequited love.

The climactic end is a little implausible, but it does not spoil the fun getting there. This is an especially good book to have along if you are on a long flight or sitting in the doctor’s office because once you start, you won’t want to put it down.

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