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Official Review: Darkest Before the Dawn by Mike Martin

Post by Supergirl1 » 20 Sep 2018, 13:46

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Darkest Before the Dawn" by Mike Martin.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Winston Windflower has it all: Adorable mayor wife, the most beautiful newborn, a dog and the best job ever. Since he’s been serving as one of the RCMP officers in the Grand Bank area of Newfoundland, the area has hardly witnessed any major crimes. Now they’ve got not just one, but two murders. Add to that drug running, ghosts and a deserted house, and the RCMP have just had their work cut out for them. But one good thing is that the people know that the “Mounties,” as they’re fondly called, always get their man.

Darkest Before the Dawn is set in Canada, and each chapter is infused with a love for all things Canadian. Most of the events take place in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Mike Martin weaves a tale rich in culture, treating us to detailed scenes depicting local Canadian speech, a diverse community, indigenous folklore and religious customs. And when it comes to food, there are even a few interesting recipes thrown in for good measure.

Another selling point for me is that the author successfully analyzes and proffers solutions to a number of pressing social issues. One is Mental Health Awareness, especially in the adult male population. Men are traditionally raised to believe showing emotion is a sign of weakness. This book explores the connection between this emotional suppression in men and domestic abuse. The author describes the major characters’ lives on the home front in detail, making it clear just how much influence the atmosphere at home has on human personality and decisions.

And the characters in this tale? Realistic and relatable. Winston Windflower is the ideal police officer with strong ethics and a loving heart. Jacob Crowder is the stuff dark-minded techies are made of, complete with hermit lifestyle and pizza. Levi Parsons is the neighborhood broody teenager who always has his earbuds in, trying unsuccessfully to hide his depression. And Elizabeth Crowder is the ultimate money hungry lady, always ensuring she gets exactly what she wants no matter whose ox is gored. The secondary characters are also interesting. Quigley, Tizzard and the others all add life to this exciting tale.

Really, what’s not to love? Style, check. Grammar, check. Plot, check. Character development, double check. I rate Darkest Before the Dawn 4 out of 4 stars. If you enjoy good murder mysteries and thrillers, you should read this book.

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Post by mac83 » 21 Sep 2018, 12:17

This sounds like an amazing book. I love that the characters are realistic and relatable. I always feel like I can get into a book more if I feel connected to the characters. I also like that the author analyzes pressing social issues. That in itself can make the reader connect to a book.
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Post by Supergirl1 » 21 Sep 2018, 12:46

mac83 wrote:
21 Sep 2018, 12:17
This sounds like an amazing book. I love that the characters are realistic and relatable. I always feel like I can get into a book more if I feel connected to the characters. I also like that the author analyzes pressing social issues. That in itself can make the reader connect to a book.
It is indeed an amazing book. It’s a total package. Appreciate your lovely comment!

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Post by lazybekah » 21 Sep 2018, 13:14

What a fabulous review! I love all the rich details you included about the characters, but that goes to show just how vivid this author's character development is. I've never been to Canada, though I'd like to go someday, so I appreciate that the author grounds you in setting so well. I have a friend that loves thrillers so I might recommend this to her.

Thanks again for your wonderful review!

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Post by daydreaming reader » 21 Sep 2018, 17:17

Thank you for your wonderful review, this book certainly seems like a great read.
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Post by sonya01 » 22 Sep 2018, 15:41

I can almost visualize a movie being made from this book - the characters all sound so diverse and real that they almost jump out at you! Also, I am always intrigued by intriguing titles and this one hits the spot. This is a well-written, positive review of what seems to be a great book, so will definitely be interested in delving further into this story. Good job!

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Post by Get Going-Now » 22 Sep 2018, 19:23

this is a book I would like to read. It sounds as there is action all the time as well as suspense. I can not put down a book that is always on the go.

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Post by kandscreeley » 23 Sep 2018, 18:07

I do enjoy books about Mounties. You don't see that often. Plus with your four star rating, it must be goos. Thanks!
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Post by Julie Green » 24 Sep 2018, 15:38

I love your descriptions of the different characters. Sounds like a nice book - I haven't read many set in Canada so I might give this a try. Nice review!

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Post by Amy+++ » 08 Oct 2018, 11:58

The book sounds thrilling, with well developed characters and plot line. Great review. I can't wait to check this book out.

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