Book Review: When Night Comes

20 May

Jack Turner comes back to Culpepper to give a series of lectures for his old history professor. Within days, he starts having bizarre experiences at night. Like he’s traveling back in time, experiencing the epic events in his lectures firsthand. He has no control over these experiences and can’t make them stop.

Joe Boyd thought he’d left big city crime back in Pittsburgh when he took a detective job in Culpepper, Georgia, a sleepy southern college town. His peaceful life ends when two students turn up dead in two weeks. The coroner is saying natural causes, but something doesn’t add up.

Rachel Cook, a teaching assistant at Culpepper, can’t believe Jack is back in her life again. She’s had a crush on him since she was fourteen, but Jack never knew. He instantly seems attracted to her, but she can tell . . . something is deeply troubling him.

Watching all this from a distance is Nigel Avery. He’s certain this experiment’s about to unravel. It’ll be his job to tie up all the loose ends when it does.

Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of 21 novels (all available on Amazon), including The Unfinished Gift, Rescuing Finley, When Night Comes, and The Reunion (now being made into a feature film). Over 1 million copies of Dan’s books are in print or downloaded. He’s won both the Carol and Selah Awards multiple times, 4 of his novels have been finalists for RT Reviews Inspirational Novel of the Year.

Reviewers often remark about Dan’s rich, character-driven storylines and page-turning suspense (even with his more inspirational books). He’s been writing full-time since 2010. He and his wife Cindi have been married 43 years, have 2 grown children and 4 grandchildren. They live in the Daytona Beach area, where Dan grew up. You can follow him on Facebook or Twitter, read his blog, or preview all his books by visiting his website at


My Impressions:

Dan Walsh has been a favorite of my book club for years, having read his many novels in which relationships are the focus. My friend Carrie has been urging me to read Walsh’s suspense novels, knowing that is one of my preferred genres. While When Night Comes may be a departure from Walsh’s usual fiction, it captured my imagination from the beginning. Combining his deft storytelling with page-turning action, Walsh has created a book I really loved.

When Night Comes is set in a college town in North Georgia. Known for its military history program, it is no wonder that alumnus and darling of the lecture circuit, Jack Turner has returned to be a guest lecturer. But from the first pages the reader knows there is something very sinister going on in this town. Jack really isn’t much of an amateur sleuth, but he falls into a mind-bending situation which just calls for more investigation. The reader is let in on what is going on before Jack gets a handle on the situation, but surprises still abound. My husband read this book too, and found Jack to be a bit of a doofus. I prefer to think of him as a bit naive as to people’s evil motives and machinations. I overlooked Jack’s shortcomings, because I thought the suspense was spot on. However, my favorite thing about When Night Comes is the way Walsh took Jack and the reader right into the action of historical events. The experiences Jack had were masterfully detailed and researched. You don’t have to be a history buff to appreciate the scenes that were created.

When Night Comes is the first of the Jack Turner novels, and I have already read book 2, Remembering Dresden. I am looking forward to more adventures with Jack.

Highly Recommended. 

Audience: adults.

(I purchased this book from Amazon. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)



2 Responses to “Book Review: When Night Comes”

  1. Red House Reviews May 26, 2020 at 2:16 pm #

    I’m not really a science fiction fan, but I do like time travel, when its done right. Your review has me very intrigued about this book!

    • rbclibrary May 26, 2020 at 5:22 pm #

      Not a sci-fi, and not a time travel either. But it does have that feel at first.

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