The shadowy character known as the Driver arrives at the weary town of Halgraeve with little more than a reluctant sense of duty. As he observes five people connected by a flurry of revenge-fueled arson, a secret unravels that will prompt him to step in and alter the course of their lives.
Book two in the experimental Driver series.
About the Author
Ian Lewis prefers not to be bound by a particular genre. Though the inspiration for his work varies, it often finds roots in something he dreamt. He strives for a gritty realism and maintains an interest in the humanity of his characters. His hope is that readers find themselves haunted by his stories in the sense that the narrative sticks with them long after they've finished reading, leaving them with a subtle restlessness for more. Mr. Lewis is the author of The Camaro Murders, Lady in Flames, Beacon Road Bedlam, Power in the Hands of One, and Godspeed, Carry My Bullet. He has been writing since 2002.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Well-written 3.5 *Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. A series of events are told from multiple POVs in this tale about a small town named Halgraeve. Several residents and a mysterious otherworldly figure called The Driver tell the tale leading up to the unexpected conclusion. The town of Halgraeve is so depressing in this tale. The writing is so good that I felt like I was there and I just wanted to get the hell out. To run far and fast. To get away from what appeared to be a dead end place in a rundown tiny corner of the world. The different POVs were interesting, but the most interesting character is The Driver of the black Camaro. I didn’t quite understand the world in which he existed most of the time or what his role in the real world was exactly, but I still found him fascinating. It’s not quite my type of book, but it’s a good read all the same.
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Caro Lady in Flames, follows the lives of several people good, bad and lost of Halgraeve, a forgotten place as the ‘Driver’ calls it. The Driver in his Camaro turns up at this place that seems to be in great need of help, looking for one of his lost souls. As the Driver passes through town, we get to see the difficulties of the people that live here; such as a father waiting for his long gone daughter, a preacher trying to change the world with his words, a girl doing the best for her family, a lost boy trying to find his way in life and several others with same or even bigger problems trying to do justice in their own ways. As much as I would like to make it free of spoilers, I feel that I can’t. This short novel is as good as any long book. The author shows us the world just as it is: cold, ugly and violent, through the people that live in this forgotten town, that can easily be anywhere in our real world. While reading through the authors words I just couldn’t help but compare it to what we live nowadays. Every sentence kept me thinking and reflecting on our way of living and how the author is right in seeing the world out of this fictional story. Parents worry more about their kids and the environment they’re trying to raise them in, with the hopes that they don’t smoke, drink or even worse. But at the same time there’s parents like the ones Johnny has, a kid who enjoys playing with fire and is in need of some good advice, but the only person he really trusted is now dead. What more hope does this kid have? Then, we have those who ruin peoples’ lives, like Buck Armstrong a powerful man in a small town who doesn’t mind hurting people until he sees the consequences in front of him. I have to say that his turn out at the end was quite unexpected, A Simple Maniac, definitely played a good role in this story. “I feel I’ve arrived to find life so deadened as to never see the light of the sun again. The primary reason for us to exist, to fellowship with the Lord in all of our being, is lost in the hearts of nearly all. The fire of our souls needs stoking. I just don’t know if I’m the man to do it.” This was definitely my favorite phrase of all, everyone can lose hope easily now, especially if there is no one to help us out. This is, in my opinion, why the Night Drivers need to appear in this fictional world. The author introduces them as those who come in the rescue of the ones in need, and I just loved the idea of these entities that cross over to the human world when needed, but not in a Superman way of justice but a more dark punishing way. It has good background stories for every character that appears just as it makes you wonder what will be there next move in each new chapter and even the Driver tells you an interesting story to explain things. I feel that I’ve read too many fantasy books and I’ve kept myself in them but Lady in Flames gave me a good refresh of the mind, a good deserved dose of reality to keep me wanting for more Night Drivers. I definitely recommend this book if you’re looking for something to keep you thinking at night and if you want more the author recently released The Camaro Murders. Oh, but let me tell you, there is no LADY in the flames. This review and more at openbooksociety dot com