Book Review: “The Shock of Night” by Patrick W. Carr

December 30, 2015 at 4:30 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Patrick W. Carr in his new book, “Shock of Night book coverThe Shock of Night” Book One in The Darkwater Saga series published by Bethany House introduces us to Willet Dura.

From the back cover:  The Darkwater Claims All Who Enter It.
All But One.

When one man is brutally murdered and the priest he works for mortally wounded, Willet Dura, reeve to the king of Bunard, is called to investigate. As he begins to question the dying priest, the man pulls Willet close and screams in a foreign tongue. Then he dies without another word.

Willet returns to his task, but the clues to the crime lead to contradictions and questions without answers, and his senses are skewed. People he touches appear to have a subtle shift, as though he can divine their deepest thoughts. In a world divided between haves and have-nots, gifted and common, Willet soon learns he’s been passed the rarest gift of all–a gift that’s not supposed to exist.

Now Willet must pursue the murderer still on the loose in Bunard even as he’s pulled into a dangerous conflict that threatens not only his city, but his entire world–a conflict  that will force him to come to terms with his inability to remember how he escaped the Darkwater Forest–and what happened to him inside it.

This is a murder mystery however this is also Christian Fantasy. Welcome to Darkwater, a land that we have never visited before. Willet Dura is a very complex person with his own problems. Then there are the possible motive for the murder which, I must say, is unique. Mr. Carr has given us a strange land with strange customs that we have to adapt ourselves to. Once we do that then the book really takes off. This is grand storytelling that has many facets to it and is meant to be enjoyed and savored.  Don’t hurry through the reading, even though you will want to, as there are many levels of story to take in. Make yourself a large bowl of popcorn and pour yourself a beverage you are going to be here reading for quite a while. Patrick W. Carr is an amazing writer and, in “The Shock of Night”, has given us a work that will have us thinking long after we have finished reading the book.  I am so looking forward to the next book in this wonderful series.

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Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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