Tyndale, 2003, 12.99, 431 pp.
In 1992 Owen O'Neill is a highly regarded international peace negotiator whose recent failure in Ireland, partly caused by family ties to the IRA hurts badly. He feels Mozambique is where he can do some good and erase the stigma that he alone feels he failed in Ireland. However, his travels has alienated him with his wife of eight years, attorney Miriam, who wants a second child and feels he needs to stay home more with her and their seven year old son Martin.
Owen leaves for Africa with an upset Miriam left behind. Their phone calls are not amiable as Miriam feels her do-gooder spouse needs to spend more time with his family. However, when Martin has a bad dream in which he insists Owen needs them, she arranges for the two to meet him in Kenya. The three O'Neills spend quality time together until arms dealers concerned with a depressed business due to potential peace in Mozambique hire Yuri Falin to abduct the trio. Only Miriam escapes and she will move bureaucracies and mountains to save her husband and son.
INTO THE NEVERNIGHT starts a bit slow but enables the reader to fully understand the traits and motives of Owen and Miriam. Fans who give the novel a chance will quickly find a deep tale as motivations become apparent and in turn anchor a strong thriller with moral lessons inside a plot in which nothing will stop Miriam from trying to rescue her loved ones. Anne De Graaf displays great characters inside a powerful insightful look at the world from a radically different lens.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner