Wednesday, July 1, 2015

As Night Falls by Jenny Milchman

As Night Falls

As Night Falls by Jenny Milchman
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published: June 30th 2015 by Ballantine Books

From the acclaimed author of Ruin Falls and Cover of Snow comes a breathless new novel of psychological suspense about a dark, twisted turn of events that could shatter a family—a read perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, Chris Bohjalian, and Nancy Pickard.

Sandy Tremont has always tried to give her family everything. But, as the sky darkens over the Adirondacks and a heavy snowfall looms, an escaped murderer with the power to take it all away draws close.

In her isolated home in the shadowy woods, Sandy prepares dinner after a fight with her daughter, Ivy. Upstairs, the fifteen-year-old—smart, brave, and with every reason to be angry tonight—keeps her distance from her mother. Sandy’s husband, Ben, a wilderness guide, arrives late to find a home simmering with unease.

Nearby, two desperate men on the run make their way through the fading light, bloodstained and determined to leave no loose ends or witnesses. After almost twenty years as prison cellmates, they have become a deadly team: Harlan the muscle, Nick the mind and will. As they approach a secluded house and look through its windows to see a cozy domestic scene, Nick knows that here he will find what he’s looking for . . . before he disappears forever.

Opening the door to the Tremont home, Nick brings not only a legacy of terror but a secret that threatens to drag Sandy with him into the darkness.

My thoughts about As Night Falls ~~ 

Oh man, what a wonderfully intense, dark, captivating story! As Night Falls kept me on the edge of my seat. Seriously, how can someone be so utterly evil? There are some really messed up characters in this story. And secrets. Lots of secrets. 
'"I don't know when or why or what you're lying about, Mom." Ivy took in a breath deep enough to make her chest swell. "I just know that you are."'
Just when I thought things might start looking up for Sandy and her family and everything was going to be okay, the author threw in more evil. It just took my breath away. This is 'psychological thriller' at it's best! 

Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

About the author

Jenny Milchman is a suspense writer from New York State, who lived for eleven months on the road with her family on what Shelf Awareness called “the world’s longest book tour.”

After a thirteen year journey/trek/slog toward publication, Jenny’s debut novel, Cover of Snow, was acquired by Random House. It won the Mary Higgins Clark award, was praised by the New York Times, and chosen as an Indie Next and Target Pick. Ruin Falls, was published the next year, and chosen as an Indie Next Pick and a Top Ten of 2014 by Suspense Magazine. Jenny’s third novel, As Night Falls, will be released this June.

Jenny speaks nationwide about the publishing industry and the importance of sticking to a dream. She is Vice President of Author Programming for International Thriller Writers, and the founder of Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day. Jenny led the literary series Writing Matters, which covered the publishing industry during the upheaval of 2009, attracted guests coast-to-coast, and received national media attention. She teaches writing and publishing for New York Writers Workshop.

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  1. Thank YOU, Susan, for this very kind review of my third Wedeskyull novel. I love the place, and its people, and their triumphs--and yes, even their evil too, which you point to. I appreciate your sharing your thoughts more than a comment can say.

    1. You are so welcome, Jenny. I loved this book and am going to have to read more. Happy reading and writing!


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