Thursday, April 22, 2010

FIREFLY RAIN Review - Richard Dansky

Firefly RainFIREFLY RAIN by Richard Dansky
Publisher: Pocket
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781439148631
My Recommended Age Group: Young Adult to Adult
Released: April 6, 2010 (First published 2008)
Other work: Published Works

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When Jacob left home for a new life, he pretty much forgot all about Maryfield, North Carolina. But Maryfield never forgot him. Or forgave him.

After a failed business venture in Boston, Jacob Logan comes back to the small Southern town of his childhood and takes up residence in the isolated house he grew up in. Here, the air is still. The nights are black. And his parents are buried close by. It should feel like home—but something is terribly wrong.

Jacob loses all his belongings in a highway accident. His car is stolen from his driveway, yet he never hears a sound. The townspeople seem guarded and suspicious. And Carl, the property caretaker with so many secrets, is unnervingly accommodating. Then there are the fireflies that light the night skies . . . and die as they come near Jacob’s home. If it weren’t for the creaking sounds after dark, or the feeling that he is being watched, Jacob would feel so alone. He shouldn’t worry. He’s not.

And whatever’s with him isn’t going to let him leave home ever again.

My thoughts:

Right off the bat I will tell you that I read FIREFLY RAIN by Richard Dansky in one sitting. I never meant to, but once I turned the first page, the rest followed rather quickly. Not only was the writing style easy to follow and pleasant, the story was compelling; always developing new twists and turns to keep the reader hooked.

Jacob Logan is a failed businessman, having lost heart in the business that kept him away from home. Having first left for college, Jacob felt drawn away from home and stayed on in Boston moving up in the business world. As we learn in the beginning of the story, his decision to separate himself from his family was not one that his parents agreed with. Try as they might to convince him to come home, Jacob rarely did. Returning for his father’s funeral and then a few select times before his mother’s funeral, Jacob neglected his promise to spend more time with his parents. Now, returning to his empty family home and the town he left, Jacob will discover that promises are meant to be kept.

We all know I get creeped out by scary stories. For me, however, a creepy story is rarely one that involves vampires, werewolves, zombies or other monsters. Scary stories are ghost stories, stories where things go bump in the night where the reader can fully expect something terrifying to be lurking in every dark corner and hover right behind them. That’s a scary story to me.

FIREFLY RAIN somehow managed to hover between the line of scary story and not so scary story. I would call this an intriguing horror that I would definitely read again. The real part of this story that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up is the suspense. Mr. Dansky develops the story in such a way that the reader never knows what’s going to happen next, and right when you start to form a guess as to what is going on, he throws a wrench into the mix that keeps you guessing. It was really easy to become involved with this story, losing myself within the pages. The character development and progression of the plot never slowed down or got stuck in the mud. It’s easy to see that the author put a lot of energy into moving the story forward, hooking us and keeping us hooked.

Would I normally read a bump in the night story that’s pretty much guaranteed to give me nightmares? Probably not (although now I am seriously reevaluating that). Would I read FIREFLY RAIN again? Oh yes! Not only did I get a decent adrenaline rush from the suspense and action in the book, but different parts, especially the end, left me with fodder for my brain to munch on for a while. From the time I woke up this morning to now as I write this review, I have probably thought back to the ending of the story six or seven times, revisiting different aspects and pondering what it means for the future.







Book Cover: 3/3

I know! Fives all around. Honestly, there is really nothing negative I have to say about this book. It was fantastic.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good read and doesn’t mind a bit of fright. More than a simple scary story, there is a deeper plot in FIREFLY RAIN as Jacob has to come to terms with his life, his views of the town he group up with, and his treatment of his family. Creating a well rounded story that gave enough terror to keep the lights on in my house while providing enough drama to keep me in a chair reading for 4.5 hours, this is a book that is sure to grab the attention of readers everywhere.

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Jan von Harz said...

Wow this book sounds right up my alley. Love suspense thriller with a scary quota added in for good measure. Great review.

Inked Books said...

I can't wait to read this!

Steve Capell said...

I found out that Richard Dansky has written a number of books and some of his works aren’t fiction. He also has a couple books on games:

Family Games: The 100 Best
Hobby Games The 100 Best

I haven’t read any of his works, but this one sounds really interesting. Thanks for a great review.


Carol L. said...

Thanks for your review. I definitely have to read this book now. It's on my TRL.
I don't mind reading slightly scary but not horror, creep me out scary. Thanks again
Carol L.

angie said...

Thanks for the review! I have heard good things about this book and now after reading your review I definitely want to read this!!

silverush said...

I usually don't like creepy/scary books [or movies] either, so I wasn't planning on reading this until I saw your review. I'll have to go check it out! Thanks!

Elizabeth said...

sounds like a good book

Sarah E said...

This sounds like such an interesting storyline! I'd like to read this book.