When one man is brutally murdered and the priest he works for mortally wounded on the streets of Bunard, Willet Dura is called to investigate. Yet the clues to the crime lead to contradictions and questions without answers. As Willet begins to question the dying priest, the man pulls Willet close and screams in a foreign tongue. Then he dies without another word.
Willet returns to the city, no closer to answers than before, but his senses are skewed. People he touches appear to have a subtle shift, a twist seen at the edge of his vision, and it’s as though he can see their deepest thoughts. In a world divided between haves and have-nots, gifted and common, Willet soon learns he’s been passed the rarest gift of all: a gift that’s not supposed to exist.
Now Willet must pursue the murderer still on the loose in Bunard even as he’s pulled into a much more dangerous and epic conflict that threatens not only his city, but his entire world–a conflict that will force him to come to terms with his own tortured past if he wants to survive.
Why yes, I can admit that I completely stepped out of my comfort zone to read this book. Since I normally read historical fiction this was a bit of a stretch, but a good stretch. Shock of Night is also the first book I have read by Patrick Carr.
I was a little surprised about how long the book was (about 450 pages ) especially since it is the beginning of a series. The book flowed pretty nicely, I only thought it got dry maybe once or twice. But it wasn’t enough to make me stop reading.
My only negative about the book was my inability to keep up with all the different names. Between the people, places and things it was a little hard for me to keep my bearings in the story. It just took me a while to get used to all the strange names.
In the end, it kept my interest enough that I want to read the second book in the series. I may even try out some of Carr’s other books while I am waiting.
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Bethany House
I received this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.