Saturday, January 16, 2016

Revew: In the Waning Light by Loreth Anne White

Book Blurb:

Two decades after her sister’s brutal attack and murder, Meg Brogan has finally found happiness…or so it appears. A bestselling true-crime writer, Meg has money, fame, and a wealthy fiancé. But when a television-show host presses her to tackle the one story everyone claims she cannot write—the story of her own family’s destruction—her perfect life shatters.

Determined to finally face her past, Meg returns to her hometown of Shelter Bay. Shrouded in cold, brooding fog, the close-knit coastal town harbors dark secrets and suspicious residents. One of the few people to welcome Meg back is Blake Sutton, her high-school sweetheart and the marina’s new owner. Desperate for clues, Meg digs through her family’s files. As Pacific storms brew outside, her passion for Blake reignites.

But someone doesn’t want Meg digging up the past. And that person will go to deadly lengths to prevent the writer from revealing a terrible truth.

My Review:

Loreth Anne White enthralled me with In The Waning Light!

When Meg heads back to Shelter Bay, a place full of bad memories for her, to write her sister's story, she has no idea what she's about to stir up. Shelter Bay is filled with small town dynamics, secrets, and dangerous undercurrents. Secrets no one wants revealed threaten to come to light as Meg seeks a truth she never knew existed, and some people will do anything to protect their secrets. Blake is the love she left behind when she fled from Shelter Bay. He's also the last person she expects to find working at his father's marina with his young son. They both thought they were over each other, but soon that truth is questionable also. And as danger stalks Meg, Blake will do what it takes to help her and keep her safe...except for revealing the secret he also keeps. Finding out the truth is no easy task for Meg...and if someone has their way, she won't live to tell it.

Loreth gives us a very strong, fearless heroine in In The Waning Light. Meg is determined to uncover the secrets surrounding her sister's death, and at times seems to have no idea of the dangerous situations she's putting herself in! A true crime writer, she still trusts the people she grew up around. I think I was more scared than Meg at times! I liked Meg. I liked what she stood for even as she struggles with a past she'd tried to convince herself she was over. She was real. Full of doubt at times and questions, the way she tries to shut out the past and the people in it was believable. I liked Blake too, and getting to know him and Meg at times made my heart ache for what they went through together and separately. He is a strong hero and really wants to do the right thing, but it is not always that simple. I liked the relationship they developed as adults. I loved the maturity of these characters. This relationship worked well with the very suspenseful plot of In The Waning Light.

The powerful plot of suspenseful mystery kept me on edge through out In The Waning Light. Loreth weaves in secondary characters who are relevant to the plot easily, and the secrets they keep are slow to come out. The mystery is a good one, there are so many possibilities. I had no idea how it would work out and Loreth still managed to completely surprise me.

I liked watching these characters and the plot grow, even as Loreth's writing gave me goose bumps and scared me at times, but also made me teary and hopeful. The past is never truly in the past, it's always part of who you are today, and this is well demonstrated in all of the characters in In The Waning Light. Because the truth always comes out.

Loreth's descriptiveness of Shelter Bay and the storms are vivid and exhilarating! I could feel the wind and rain and see the sea churning, making the danger even more palpable!

I'd highly recommend In The Waning Light to any reader looking for a strong, suspenseful read!

5/5 stars

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