Darkness Rising by Lis Wiehl with Pete Nelson is the second book in a series called The East Salem Trilogy, which started off with Waking Hours (see that review HERE). I absolutely enjoyed the first book, Waking Hours, as you can read in that previous review. The cover was also awesome! She/He really built up the suspense, the crime, had me guessing, and the characters were well-developed. I was really excited to see how the story continued in the second book.
Though I enjoyed continuing the story, I found myself skimming alot because there was an over-abundance of medical and physchological terms (and I am pretty intelligent myself, rather liking works like those by Patricia Cornwell). The medicinal and terms of how chemicals work in the brain made me feel like I was reading a manual for a college course I didn’t sign-up to take. I think that the plot and jest of what they were trying to say about the boy Amos from the first book (I don’t want to give any spoilers–but there were psychological issues) could have been presented to us in a way that the commoner could relate. Throw in the demons and it just didn’t fit well together. Though a good story, I think it could have been developed better.
I love stories of paranormal, horror, demons, and even Christians fighting them. This book just didn’t create the eerie story it could have if it would have been presented better. This was no Ted Dekker novel. Just didn’t feel real.
I will continue on to read the third installment and truly hope it’s a lot better. I really did like the first book, but I would never recommend the second book as a must-read. I would say to a reader to just try to get through it to complete the series and answer a few questions you might have from the first book. But should you purchase it? Mmmm….no. Try your local library first and see what you think. It’s really too bad, I never like to give negative reviews and pretty much never do, but I couldn’t justify saying anything else about this book than what I did.
The evil in East Salem is no longer content to hide in the shadows. The stakes—and the darkness—are rising.
Dani Harris thought there wasn’t much left that could surprise her after serving as a forensic psychiatrist in East Salem. And Tommy Gunderson has faced few challenges in his life that he couldn’t overcome by either physical strength or his celebrity status.
But as they race to uncover what’s really happening behind the high walls of St. Adrian’s Academy, it becomes clear that supernatural forces have been at work here for generations. And now their focus is on making sure Dani and Tommy don’t interfere.
When the unseen becomes seen, faith is the only weapon strong enough to fight in a battle involving not just murder and betrayal—but angels and demons.
Author Bio, Lis Wiehl~
Lis Wiehl is one of the nation’s most prominent trial lawyers and highly regarded commentators. Currently, she is the legal analyst and reporter on the Fox News Channel. She is also a Professor of Law at New York Law School.
Wiehl earned her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and her Master of Arts in Literature from the University of Queensland. She lives with her husband and two children in New York.
Author Bio, Pete Nelson~
Pete Nelson lives with his wife and son in Westchester, New York. He got his MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1979 and has written both fiction and non-fiction for magazines, including Harpers, Playboy, Esquire, MS, Outside, The Iowa Review, National Wildlife, Glamour, Redbook. He was a columnist for Mademoiselle and a staff writer for LIVE Magazine, covering various live events including horse pulls, music festivals, dog shows, accordion camps and arm wrestling championships. Recently he was a contributing editor and feature writer for Wondertime, a Disney parenting magazine. He’s published twelve young adult novels, including a six-book series about a girl named Sylvia Smith-Smith which earned him an Edgar Award nomination from the Mystery Writers of America. His young adult non-fiction WWII history, Left For Dead (Randomhouse, 2002) about the sinking of the USS Indianapolis won the 2003 Christopher award as was named to the American Library Association’s 2003 top ten list.
I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers in return for an honest review.