Book Review: Darkness Follows

22 Jun

Sam Travis is a man on the brink of despair . . .

Sam Travis awakens one morning to find an old journal with an entry by a Union soldier…written in Sam’s own handwriting. When this happens several more times, both at night and during waking “trances,” Sam begins to question his own sanity while becoming obsessed with the bone-chilling journal entries. As the entries begin to mimic Sam’s own life, he is drawn into an evil plot that could cost many lives, including his own. Can the unconditional love of Sam’s daughter, Eva, break through his hardened heart before a killer on the loose catches up with them and Sam’s past spurs him to do the unthinkable?

My Impressions:

Mike Dellosso’s newest book, Darkness Follows, is a dark, tense and suspenseful read with lots of supernatural elements.  I had a hard time putting it down and a hard time continuing my reading.  Sounds contradictory, well, that was my experience.

I liked the main characters:  Travis, Molly and Eva, and cared about what was happening to them.  I was worried for them.  But some of the things they had to go through made me want to look away.  It was kind of like when I watch Criminal Minds.  I was fascinated and revolted at the same time.  There were some scenes involving animal torture that I found especially hard to read.

One thing that struck me was the amount of denial among the various characters. At one point I turned to my husband and said, “we do have mental health care professionals in this country”.  But besides the reluctance of the troubled characters to receive any intense therapy, the denial of the supernatural world and the spiritual warfare around us was troubling.  The main characters were very reluctant to accept that God really could or would get involved in their lives. Many Christians in the West deny that the supernatural even exists.  We can accept demons and God’s miraculous intervention in the context of the Bible but not in 21st century America.  We believe in angels and miracles only when they happen to people named Daniel or Joseph or Mary. Mike Dellosso puts the spiritual right in your face and dares you to look away or rationalize it.

Would I recommend this book to everyone?  No.  It is way too dark and deep for many readers.  I wouldn’t want young teens to read it – it is definitely an adult novel.  My light romance friends would never get through it.  But I would definitely recommend it to those who enjoy a dark tale and are not afraid to turn the lights off at night!

(I received Darkness Follows in conjunction with the  CSSF Blog Tour in return for an honest review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Check out what others on the tour are saying:

Noah Arsenault
Red Bissell
Thomas Clayton Booher
Melissa Carswell
Karri Compton
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Cynthia Dyer
Nikole Hahn
Katie Hart
Ryan Heart
Bruce Hennigan
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Carol Keen
Inae Kyo
Shannon McDermott
Allen McGraw
Shannon McNear
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Joan Nienhuis
Sarah Sawyer
Kathleen Smith
Jessica Thomas
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler

4 Responses to “Book Review: Darkness Follows”

  1. Rebecca LuElla Miller June 22, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    What an excellent review, Beckie. Really well said.

  2. mikedellosso June 22, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    Thank you, Beckie, for your great review of DF. You’re right, the story isn’t for everyone and that’s true of most genre fiction, but I’d hope the message is. You put your thoughts in a very succinct and well-written way. Thanks for participating!

    • rbclibrary June 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by Mike. Just wondering, were we supposed to believe the woman on the radio talk show? I figured that was a good “cover” for the real explanation.


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