When Night Falls Book Summary and Study Guide

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Pocket, Oct 2000, 6.99, 436 pp.
ISBN: 0743411471

    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.
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    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

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Plot & Themes

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:    -   1980's-1999 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...    -   hunted by killer/stalker

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   accused criminal Age:    -   20's-30's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes City?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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