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Posted November 7, 2013
5 1/2 stars
Did I enjoy this book: I loved it. I couldn’t put it down!
The Dark Before Dawn is a complex, engaging murder mystery. It is written in a classic 3rd person style throughout. I like that Laurie Stevens avoids some of the trends of many contemporary authors where each chapter speaks from a different character’s point of view (think – Jodi Picoult style).
I also like that she didn’t follow the trend of murder mysteries being so over the top sexually perverse and gruesome that it gives you nightmares. In my humble opinion an example would be Stieg Larson with his popular The Girl with the Golden Tatoo like books.
Laurie Stevens sticks to the basics allowing her story to engage the reader with suspense and plot twists that keep you guessing until the last page.
The main character, Gabriel, is an LA cop on the edge. His psychiatrist suspects PTSD stemming from some repressed memory. Gabriel’s psychological mysteries are juxtaposed against the murder mystery he’s investigating. The two become intertwined leaving us with chapter after chapter of “whodunit” moments.
Overall, the suspense is as high as the California mountains. The plot twists and winds like the streets of San Francisco. And finally, the climax is hits you like a splash of ice cold northern Pacific water. (If you’re wondering, “What was she drinking when she wrote this?” Read the book, it’ll all make sense.)
Would I recommend it: Absolutely. It’s a great book.
Will I read it again: I will not. Once you know the ending of a murder mystery, it kind of ruins the prospect of a second reading.
As reviewed by Belinda at Every Free Chance Book Reviews.
Posted August 29, 2011
This book grabs you quickly and is almost impossible to put down. I took it camping with me and finished in 2 days. I had to make an effort to put it down and make dinner for my hungry crew. A must read! Can't wait until the next one. I am hookedWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 15, 2011
If you like a great murder mystery, then this book is a perfect read. The author combines all of the elements to create a story that is suspenseful and chilling. The main character, Gabriel, has to overcome many demons - not only the sick and twisted criminals that is his duty to catch but fight his own demons that surface from his past. I cannot wait to read the second book to see what the future has in store for Gabriel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.