Title: The Darkest Time of Night
Author: Jeremy Finley
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: June 26, 2018
Page Count: 336
My rating: 5 stars
About the book:
“The lights took him.”
When the five-year-old grandson of U.S. Senator vanishes in the woods behind his home, the only witness is his older brother who whispers, “The lights took him,” and then never speaks again.
As the FBI and National Guard launch a massive search,the boys’ grandmother Lynn Roseworth fears only she knows the truth. But coming forward would ruin her family and her husband’s political career.
In the late 1960s, before she became the quiet wife of a politician, Lynn was a secretary in the astronomy department at the University of Illinois. It was there where she began taking mysterious messages for one of the professors; messages from people desperate to find their missing loved ones who vanished into beams of light.
Determined to find her beloved grandson and expose the truth, she must return to the work she once abandoned to unravel the existence of a place long forgotten by the world. It is there, buried deep beneath the bitter snow and the absent memories of its inhabitants, where her grandson may finally be found.
But there are forces that wish to silence her. And Lynn will find how far they will go to stop her, and how the truth about her own forgotten childhood could reveal the greatest mystery of all time.
The Darkest Time of Night is fast-paced debut full of suspense and government cover-ups, perfect for thriller and supernatural fans alike.
Lynn Roseworth has always had a fear of the woods and has always warned her family to stay away but now as a grandmother her fears are beginning to become real. Lynn’s grandchildren were camping out behind their home when the youngest was dared to go into the woods. The next thing the family knows little William has disappeared with the only witness his older brother who can only say “The lights took him.“
That one sentence awakens something Lynn has buried for the last forty years she’s spent as the wife of a U.S. Senator, a mother and now grandmother. Before she began her family life she was a secretary in the astronomy department at the University of Illinois working for a professor who was looking into the disappearance of many missing people, people who were thought to have been taken by U.F.O.s.
Picking up The Darkest Time of Night by Jeremy Finley I honestly thought I was going to be reading another thriller about a missing child. Little did I know this is actually a science fiction read or speculative fiction. The intense thrill of a missing child is still there to get the pages turning but the story unfolds into so much more.
As much as I appreciated that this story was certainly going to be different I think what I loved the most was the main character Lynn and her friend Roxy. These two ladies are seventy-ish and best friends who obviously will go to the ends of the world for one another and made for one strong female team to go kick some butt and find that poor grandbaby and that made the surrounding story that much better.
Now this one might not be for everyone with the science fiction side to it but if you’ve ever wondered even a slight bit if the government is covering up aliens or if there is an area 51 then you just might want to check this one out. With great writing Jeremy Finley has written one heck of a tale about those strange lights in the sky. Definitely a great read that I’d recommend checking out.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Jeremy Finley’s investigative reporting has resulted in guilty pleas, legislative hearings before the U.S. Congress, the payout of more than a million dollars to scam victims and the discovery of missing girls. The winner of more than sixteen Emmys and Edward R. Murrow awards, he is also the two-time recipient of the IRE award, a top national honor given out by Investigative Reporters and Editors. He lives in Nashville, TN with his wife and daughters. THE DARKEST TIME OF NIGHT is his first work of fiction.