I received this book as part of NetGalley in exchange for a review. Quite different from the kind of books I usually read. But that’s all right, reading a book that makes you step out of your comfortzone. Enter, Night by Michael Rowe is that kind of a book to me. Not entirely true, because I’ve read Black Swan Rising by Lee Carroll as one of the books in the Transworld Book Challenge. Yet, this is a completely different, much more creepy novel. A horror-novel with vampire-type creatures. And, believe it or not, I really liked it. It’s Michael Rowe’s first novel and he can be proud of it.
The novel is about Christine Parr, her daughter Morgan and her brother-in-law Jeremy Parr. Christine and Jeremy left Parr’s Landing years ago for different reasons but mainly to escape from Adeline, the dominating mother of Jack and Jeremy. After Jack, Christine’s husband was killed in an accident, Christine and Jeremy have no other choice then to return to Parr’s Landing. They’re forced to beg Adeline for help, who is unfortunately still the same the unbearable, hate-filled woman she used to be. Billy Lightning is also returning to Parr’s Landing. A professor who seeks answers to the recent killing of his father and believes the killing is connected with the history of murder and madness associated with the land Adeline Parr owns.
The novel is creepy, violent and terrifying. It’s extremely well written with fabulous characters. My favorite character in the novel is Finn, the 12 year old boy with his dog Sadie. I really enjoyed reading Rowe’s description of the relationship between Finn and his dog. Yet, it’s also the part of the book that is sometimes so scary that you have to put down the book. What I like about the book is that there are a lot of characters to sympathize with, Finn and his dog, Christine, Morgan Jeremy, Billy, they’re all very lovable characters.
The prose is outstanding. Consider Rowe’s description of the images Finn has: “the gift of a glimpse of the world as experienced from Sadie’s perspective – a mosaic of smell no human nose would ever experience; the literature of light on grass and snow; the secret language of birds and squirrels and cats; the true meaning of unconditional love, something no human being would ever truly understandl the perfect ecstasy of Finn’s fingers combing through her soft black fur, the utter completion of falling asleep at the foot of his bed. Pure and uncomplicated gratitude for every affection ever shown to her. Vigilance for Finn’s safety. Selfsacrifice”. A quote to remember “when she was sure she could see the beauty, she allowed herself to feel hope”. It’s not what I expected to find in a vampire fiction novel.
I’m very curious about the next novel by Michael Rowe. This one deserves four stars. Here you can find the website of Michael Rowe.