|Plot Summary of When Night Falls|
Pocket, Oct 2000, 6.99, 436 pp.
Jeb Bassert spent nine years in prison for rape-murder until sophisticated DNA testing proved his innocence. Receiving his pardon, he plans to get what is rightfully his from the prosecuting attorney Lannie Sullivan, now living in the remote town of High Falls in the North Carolina mountains. He will obtain his vengeance just as he promised her in the courtroom on that day he was convicted.
Lannie is just coming out of a type of battle fatigue syndrome. Three years ago, her beloved little daughter Gracie drowned. Not long afterward, she and her spouse divorced with each accusing the other of neglect. Every night since the girl's death, a guilt-wracked Lannie suffers nightmares about her Gracie. For most of the time in self imposed exile, Lannie lives the life of a hermit except for her canine. Now she is just beginning to return to the world of the living, starring in a local show and with the help of Drumond Rutledge, a visiting CEO. However, the game's afoot as Jeb has begun stalking his prey.
WHEN NIGHT FALLS is a powerful suspense thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seats from start to finish. The story line is brimming with action as Jeb begins his thirst for revenge and Lannie tries to counter his moves. A subplot involving a romance between Lannie and Drum seems unnecessary to this powerful thriller. As with her outstanding romantic mystery, THE SECRETS OF SADIE MAYNARD, Linda Anderson provides her fans with a superb suspense story that will bring the author new fans.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of When Night Falls|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Time/era of story:
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
General Crime (including known murderer)
If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...
- hunted by killer/stalker
- accused criminal
- Deep South
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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