Cal and Billy Chase are brothers who are very different but they are very close until a strange young woman comes to town Cal is a lawyer and works for the local Port Alma District Attorney s office and Billy runs the local newspaper the Sentinel owned by the Chase family Dora March appears in town and keeps to herself she is secretive about her past Billy is in love with her and plans to propose to her but Didn t finish I thought this would be a thriller but it s really of a dramaromance Unlikable cardboard characters all around a naive and overly romantic younger brother sad sack pessimistic narrator and last but not least a psychologically wounded staggeringly beautiful of course female lead They all deserved ach other This book is very well written and is an Dangerous Waters (Cold Case Files engrossing story but OMG it s depressing I ve been disappointed with Thomas H Cook s recent novels but reading this one of hisarlier works I am reminded what a terrific writer he can be The familiar themes of longing and regret the small town setting and the pervasive air of melancholy make for a bittersweet read This is uality crime fiction There is a similarity to these The Husband (Smytheshire, Massachusetts, earlier novels which makes me understand his wanting to broaden his canvas but I think it s a case of less is The newer novels just don t capture the mood character or setting half asffectively This is my second Thomas H Cook book ven better than the first What I most admire about this one is the way the author handles time transitions There are 4 5 different time periods in the narration and I could always tell when I was Less able authors will label their chapters with time and place info or do something ually intrusive The reveal at the nd is a little surprising but not much because plenty of hints are dropped along the way Another masterful work by one of my favorite authors Somewhat dar. In autumn 1937 a mysterious woman appears in Port Alma nestled on the chilly coast of Maine Dora March does not like to talk about her
CHARACTERS Places in the Dark
D points to the tragedy So that in the nd you can trace cause Protecting the Colton Bride Coltons Cowboy Code effect and outcome But not at all gravel into the insight of the original abuser So it left a ominous mood IMHOThis was read on a impulse to read Cook than I had But I see so much darkest in the remaining novels that I stop here It s justxactly a 3 star at the most for me It almost became a 25 star for the way he described Dara s physical reactions to appearances Cook does the men immensely better than he does the women And at times he thinks he can capture their mind set from facial or jerk movements when he my guess only doesn t have a clue In this one he has the women far into a territory of stereotype IMHO He doesn t do that with the men they are all defined and carved individuals down to their toes 4 star or better In total there are multiples of similes metaphors and what I would consider flowery phrases in this one Overwritten Now to some much happier tales Places in the Dark is welldark But a compelling mystery I Look-Alike Lawman (Texas Twins, especially liked how Cook moved seamlessly through the present past and future Many authors attempt these transitions creating a fragmented choppy read Cook handles it uite well I found the characters interesting and well developedxcept for Dora But I believe that was by design Dora as an individual is vague and clothed in secrecy References to a murdered family a child tortured a child rescued from drowning all lead the reader to a conclusion which is in the Daddy Wanted end the wrong one This was anngaging read however it was oftentimes difficult to get through a paragraph without the overwhelming use of similes and metaphors When I didn t get lost in those I found myself reading to see what the outcome would be 455 Heart breaking hypnotic haunting and moving tale Cook gives his readers a story of how gruesome life can be in 300 pages or so Amazing autho. She flees the Town on the same bus she arrived on leaving Billy dead and Cal in pursuit of the woman who has apparently killed is broth.
K yes but with light at the Forbidden Stranger end of the tunnela greatnding No one writes uite like Thomas H Cook This dark and intense novel is written like a Greek tragedy IMHO From the flowery passages of the first chapter you ll get both the negative propensity of the narrator and the stolid and Snowy River Man exact at homenvironment for the placement of this brothers tale Two brothers their mother and father and how opposite Night Moves (Harlequin Blaze eyes of their offspring s spirits and aptitudes were set into concrete within parental grinding oppositions As if the boys were caught between two glaciers scraping away for far than just their childhoods and young men stagesIt s the last years of the Great Depression which were actually worse than all thearly 1930 s and in a small town in New England This is the family that owns prints the local newspaper The Sentinel It s Thomas H Cook in his overblown to poetic lines and 10 adjectives and adverbs a sentence mode Not at all my favorite mood or style of his at all And for me in such a completely tragic tale Succinct and stark in language would probably seem a better fit The opposite of frozen aptitude and feeling in words and the Les brumes d'avalon : roman exactitude of them in the personal realities here within such lyrical length and styles of description Within little ambiance if anything at all that holds a joy uality in this book that doesn t bridge obsession at the same timeThere are crimes and seeking to get answers by Cal the older brother And we are left with 12 a tale of outcomes and no motives for than 23rds of the book And knowledge of somevil abuse records of the past beyond the core family And that leaves Dora our female interchange link severely affected And with an affect of Malakai (Wicked Games, emotion and cognition that isxtremely outlier Maybe seeing things too that others cannot Is she a clairvoyant or an mpathSuch a dark book But with such finely hone. Ackground but she soon settles into Port Alma winning friends and admirers particulary the Brothers Cal and Billy ChaseYet within a year.
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There is than one author with this name on GoodreadsThomas H Cook has been praised by critics for his attention to psychology and the lyrical nature of his prose He is the author of than 30 critically acclaimed fiction books including works of true crime Cook published his first novel Blood Innocents in 1980 Cook published steadily through the 1980s penning such works as the Fra