Risa is married to a local politican and has a teenage son from a previous marriage. She owns a local diner and she seems to have it all. Turns out though that her first husband disappeared years ago and has been declared legally dead. Risa has no idea what has really happened to him. Until the local high school’s Scrimmage Day when he shows up again.
Sean comes back out of the blue. A recovering alcoholic, he is now in recovery and has come back to his small hometown to confess to the murder of his and Risa’s high school friend Carol, who was killed years ago. Sean is having flashbacks of her dead body and he is convinced he is the killer, but Risa cannot fathom her former husband committing such an atrocity.
Darkness all Around was good but not great. The mystery in itself was interesting enough but I felt like Magee didn’t go into the initial murder enough. There was a chapter at the beginning of the book detailing the discovery of Carol’s body, but I never felt that there was a picture painted for the reader of the actual murder, which is kind of important when you’re talking about a murder mystery.
I also had issues with the characters. They seemed a little two dimensional to me. I was able to understand who they were and what they were about, but I never really ended up caring about them or drawing a connection with any of them. It was unfortunate because I liked Sean and Risa and I was intrigued by their story, especially that of Sean, but it just never panned out.
My two main concerns made this book just an ok read for me. I am glad I read it. It kept me involved for the most part. I just don’t think I’ll remember much of it in a few weeks time.
Doug Magee has been a photojournalist, screenplay writer, children’s book author, death penalty activist, film producer and director, war protestor, college football player, amateur musician, and the basis of the Aidan Quinn character in Meryl Streep’s “Music of the Heart.” This is his first novel. He lives in Spanish Harlem with his wife and two teenaged children.
Learn more about Doug and his work at his website, dougmagee.com.
Doug Magee’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Tuesday, June 19th: Crime Fiction Lover
Thursday, June 21st: You’ve GOTTA read this!
Monday, June 25th: Bewitched Bookworms
Tuesday, June 26th: Life in Review
Wednesday, June 27th: House of Crime and Mystery
Thursday, June 28th: Inside of a Dog
Monday, July 2nd: Mockingbird Hill Cottage
Tuesday, July 3rd: Reviews by Lola
Thursday, July 5th: Chaotic Compendiums
Monday, July 9th: Man of La Book
Tuesday, July 10th: Wordsmithonia
Thursday, July 12th: Well Read Wife
Monday, July 16th: A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, July 17th: Unabridged Chick
Wednesday, July 18th: Reviews by Elizabeth A. White
Thursday, July 19th: Drey’s Library
TBD: Murder by Type
TBD: Raging Bibliomania