Title: The Dark Above
Author: Jeremy Finley
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: July 23, 2019
Page Count: 329
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
In this sequel to the critically-acclaimed novel that grabbed fans of X-Files and Stranger Things, Jeremy Finley returns with another thriller full of aliens and government cover-ups.
For most of his life, William Chance has been the living proof that his grandmother and her fellow researchers into missing people were right all along about the terror from the stars. Now, he’s avoiding the limelight and hiding out from everyone, including his family. He knows he can avoid everything, except for the nightmares: fires, storms, disease and violence – he dreams of it all.
When he’s suddenly exposed, he finds that the media, government operatives and renegade true believers are desperate to find him, but he has another mission. Joined by a girl with terrifying abilities, he begins a desperate journey across the United States to find the others who share his dreams to stop what could be the final days of the world.
Jeremy Finley’s debut The Darkest Time of Night was called “outstanding” in a starred review from Publishers Weekly and was a June 2018 SIBA Okra Selection. Now, he continues the story of Lynn and William, fifteen years later in a new fast-paced novel full of suspense and government cover-ups, perfect for thriller and supernatural fans alike.
The Dark Above by Jeremy Finley is the second book in the science fiction thriller William Chance & Lynn Roseworth series. This second book picks up the story fifteen years after the end of the first and continues on so it is definitely a series that is best read in order from the beginning.
The Darkest Time of Night, the first book of the series, featured Lynn Roseworth who had her grandson, William, camping in her backyard when he went missing. The only witness was his older brother who could only say “The lights took him.” That one sentence awakened something Lynn had buried for forty years as she spent as the wife of a U.S. Senator, a mother and now grandmother. Before she began her family life Lynn had been 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.
Now, fifteen years have passed since Lynn did everything she could to find her grandson, William. Since that time when William was found he has gone into hiding moving about whenever it seems someone is getting close to finding him. When it becomes clear this time that the media is onto him yet again William plans to run but suddenly finds himself with a young girl that seems to have the terrifying abilities that have haunted William’s dreams and now they need to stop what could be the end of the world.
The Darkest Time of Night was one of my favorite reads of 2018 so I was quite looking forward to seeing what would happen in The Dark Above. This second book of the series seemed to be even more intense and ran at an even quicker speed than the first with non-stop action from the start. I think for me though one of the biggest selling points of the first was having Lynn as the main character so while this was still excellent I couldn’t help but miss Lynn at the forefront making it not quite as good in my opinion but I still definitely recommend the series as a whole.
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.