Book Review: Darkness Before Dawn

4 Apr

714674_w185On the same night she discovers she is pregnant, twenty-eight-year-old nurse Meg Richards’ husband is killed in an auto accident caused by a drunken teen. James Thomas, the teen, comes from one of the most influential families in the community. He’s a star athlete and glamour boy at the local high school. Angered by her senseless loss, Meg blames God for what has happened and considers a decision that could change her life even further—until the D.A. intervenes.

The results of the brutal trial enrage Meg, leading her down a frightening path of retribution. When the opportunity for revenge comes unexpectedly, will Meg follow through? Or will the remnants of her faith lead her in a different direction?



Ace-Collins-199x300Bestselling author Ace Collins has written more than fifty books including novels Farraday RoadSwope’s Ridgeand Words of the Father, as well as the nonfiction Stories Behind The Best-Loved Songs of ChristmasgrAttitudes, and Lassie A Dog’s Life. His books have become movies and network television specials.  He has appeared on Good Morning America, the NBC Nightly Newsand The Today Show and has been featured in the Distinguished Lecture Series at the National Archives in Washington D.C.  Ace Collins has sold more than 1.5 million books during his career.

His latest book is the Christian fiction, Darkness Before Dawn.

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My Impressions:

Ace Collins has written a novel that explores the dark depths of a soul immersed in grief, anger and revenge. Darkness Before Dawn is not  an easy read. The main character, Meg, is both sympathetic and repugnant. But when faced with tragedy, loss, and a uphill road for justice, how would any of us react? That is the main thing I took away from this novel.

Meg is a young, happily married woman when she receives the call that stopped her heart and her life as she knew it. Her husband Steve has been killed by a drunk teenaged driver. Her loss is incredible and the promises of God that come from the lips of family, friends and the church ring hollow for her. What she finds to sustain her is the promise of revenge on Jim Thomas, the golden-boy son of a wealthy family. But revenge cannot fill the void that she faces. Faced with the culmination of her pursuit, Meg has to make a choice.

Meg’s journey is troubling to watch. A woman who was once known for her compassion and love is driven by her need for revenge and fueled by her anger. All of her relationships disintegrate, especially the one she had with God. Even the life of her unborn baby becomes merely a tool for her quest. The one person that has the power to reach into the dark depths is Nancy, a terminally ill patient at the hospital where Meg works. It is Nancy’s witness and her dogged love of Meg that finally breaks into Meg’s calloused heart. Nancy’s character spoke to me as well. Faced with someone in Meg’s shoes would I spout platitudes or live out the promises of God for them to see.

Powerful and disturbing, Darkness Before Dawn is a novel for those who like to think while they read and even long after the final page is turned.


(Thanks to the publisher and Pump Up Your Book for a copy of this book. All opinions are mine.)

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