Monday, 1 May 2017

When Darkness Falls by Chanda Stafford

I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to Kindle Scout.
When Darkness Falls
Blurb (from Goodreads):
A missing father.

A mysterious lighthouse.

A girl willing to risk it all to learn the truth.

The last thing seventeen-year-old Austen Gillet expected to find on her way home from work was her dad’s car on the side of the road, empty except for the dead woman inside.

Determined to discover the truth about what happened to her father, Austen enlists the help of Ezra, a newcomer with secrets of his own, and Ian, an eccentric lighthouse keeper. Delving deeper into her town's dark history, Austen uncovers reports of missing people, mysterious monsters, portals to other worlds, and mayhem stretching back well over a century.

While coming to terms with her new, nightmarish reality, Austen has to figure out who she can trust, who wants her father dead, and what’s really going on underneath the surface of her small town before it costs her her life.


When Darkness Falls by Chanda Stafford

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


When Darkness Falls “Not all monsters have fangs, or teeth, or claws. Some walk on two legs, and they all came out when darkness falls.”


This was an okay story, but it wasn’t what I was expecting.

Austen was an okay character, but I struggled to connect with her. I found her mother to be a little odd the way she didn’t seem all that concerned that about her missing husband, and seemed like he was just popping down the shop rather than missing.

The storyline in this started out with Austen and her mother finding her dad’s car at the side of the road with a murdered woman inside, but then went on to a girl who had gone missing from a local camp. Even stranger though, the storyline then went on to a portal to another dimension, pirates, and dinosaurs which was totally unexpected! I found the way that the mystery over Austen’s father was lost a bit to be a little strange, but I was glad when the storyline finally came back to it. We did get a bit of a love triangle thrown in as well, with Austen kissing two different guys. This was quite an odd story overall though.

The ending to this was a cliff-hanger.



6 out of 10

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