Monday, October 1, 2012

Book Review: Darkness Rising

Darkness Rising, Lis Wiehl’s sequel to Waking Hours, is a fascinating read. A supernatural thriller set in East Salem, it picks up where Waking Hours left off. Though the main characters, Dani and Tommy, solved the mystery of the first book, they quickly discover there is a mystery behind the mystery yet unsolved. Further, the fate of the world may depend on them, with the help of friends and relatives unwittingly drawn into the quest, stopping events being put into motion by the forces of darkness rising. As Darkness Rising is Book Two of a trilogy, this book also concludes at a satisfying moment, while leaving the reader eager to get hold of the final book, Final Tide, due out in September of 2013.

Oh, dear! That’s a long way away!

In case you can’t tell, I am really enjoying this series. The characters, both new and old, are fascinating and unexpected. I liked how Wiehl and her co-author, Pete Nelson, chose to have them come together and how they related in positive ways under extreme circumstances. Discussions between Dani and Quinn about how people’s brains work and how chemicals can affect them and how these relate to autism, teenage hormones, and brain tumors were intriguing and clearly explained. I also appreciated the subtle historical thread--with an obvious fictional bent. Wiehl and Nelson researched quite a variety of non-fiction topics to enhance this great fictional book.

I thank Thomas Nelson Publishers for sending a complimentary copy for this honest review. I recommend this book to fans of supernatural mysteries.

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