- File Size: 462 KB
- Print Length: 253 pages
- Publisher: Troubador (April 12, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 12, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06ZYXJ1KL
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #781,476 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A Burning in The Darkness Kindle Edition
"Bones Don't Lie" by Melinda Leigh
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This book ended up being one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read in some time. I don’t read a lot of thrillers because I often find myself disappointed with how un-thrilling they turned out to be, but that was not a problem I had with A Burning In The Darkness. I was drawn in from the very first page, finding myself looking for stolen moments to sneak in a few more.
One quirk of the book is that it appears to have been written by a non-native English speaker, which left behind some stilted English. The first time I encountered it in the book I worried it was a bad sign, but on the contrary, I found that the mistakes in English made it quite charming, like listening to someone with an accent telling a story. Though there were some grammatical mistakes in it, on the flip side, much of the language was beautiful and parts of the writing were almost poetic. I found myself, more than once, reflecting on a beautiful turn of phrase.
I felt all of the characters in the book were well developed, and Father Michael was both sympathetic and borderline heroic. I had some strong feelings about nearly every character that appears in the story, and that’s not always an easy task to accomplish. A.P. McGrath did a wonderful job breathing life into each person in the novel, giving them their own personalities and making them deeply likable, or deeply detestable, driving the story forward with strong character development.
If I have one complaint about the story itself, it’s that everyone was perhaps a little too charmed by Father Michael. It seemed that everyone he met fell under his spell right away, and that seems rather too neat for me. I felt as though it was too easy for him to convince the right people to trust him and to help him.
All in all, I found this to be an addictive book. So much so that I was sad to say goodbye to the characters at the end and wish there was a sequel. This is my first exposure to A.P. McGrath’s work, but I will definitely be keeping my eye out for the next novel!
As for the characterisation, you could see who is Father Michael at the beginning of the book as a priest but when you read further, you get the idea and knowledge of why he decided to be a priest and what incident that made him who he is in the present. The author provides enough backstory of the character and you could also see how his character developed throughout the years from Liberia.
Overall, for the 250+ pages, I think this book is amazing. It is not too long to be draggy and it is not too short to feel that the story is being rushed. It is just perfect and the resolution part just wraps every loose end.