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Closed at Dark: A Novella (The Soren Chase Series) Kindle Edition
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This is a masterfully written series. I’m honestly surprised Blackwell hasn’t been snapped up by a major house already. I’m a very experienced reader (not to mention someone with a post grad degree in literature) and he still managed to misdirect me time and again, pulling tropes in right and left, only to twist them just when I’d thought I knew what was coming.
At the same time, Blackwell manages to create characters I easily got invested in, something too many writers forget to do. Not just the protagonist, either, but the entire leading cast. You alternately cheer for them and want to strangle them, but in the end you don’t want them to die. Do any? That would be telling…
If you like supernatural thrillers, or even if you simply like mysteries with a supernatural element, I think every novel and novella in the Soren Chase series will be an engaging read, probably one that, like me, you’ll want to read again just to see what Blackwell did when and where to get things to the point he does.
One thing to bear in mind: it’s better to read these in order. It makes much more sense. So, being the nice fellow that I am, I’m providing the list:
The Forest of Forever
Closed at Dark
Carnival of Stone
The Woman in the White Mask
Chronologically, Closed at Dark comes first, followed by Carnival of Stone, but I think the books are more effective read in the above order.
This urban fantasy/horror series really is perfect for me. I am lily livered so the fact that this is much more a fantasy/mystery than horror is ideal. In addition, it has three really big pluses- the wonderful Soren Chase who echoes the damaged heroes in noir mysteries, a really good mystery of its own and an unapologetically strong female character. This is urban/horror so of course there is a fair amount of paranormal violence and some foul language. As might be expected in this shorter format, the mystery isn’t as complex and I suspected early on and then knew “who done it” at about the 66% mark but in a testament to the writing, I wasn’t disappointed at all. It actually surprises me just how good this is- I always expect earlier works to show less polish. This flowed perfectly with “Forest” and makes it clear that the author had the Chase universe and storyline clear from the beginning.
While it is VERY important to read the Soren Chase full length novels in order starting with “Forest”, “Closed at Dark” can serve as either a wonderful introduction for new readers or a pleasant reminder fans.
The nature of the monster neatly dovetails with the nature of the characters’ internal struggles, and for those who have read Forest of Forever, the first full-length novel, there are some interesting hints that will jump out at you. Not a book to miss.
For walking into the middle of a story world I knew nothing about I had no problems settling in. Rob Blackwell tells a fine tale, I stayed on the edge of my seat til the end. I highly recommend this novella it reminded me of some of Ray Bradbury's stories.
This is my review and I'm sticking with it.
I like Soren Chase and the way he handled himself and the various levels of his own emotions. Sarah was a beautiful and strong mother, and her little boy Alex was so cute and totally got what was happening when he needed to.
I’m going back to read the first Soren Chase book, so I can continue with the rest of the series.
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