Sunday, December 6, 2015

Book Review: Days of Rain by Ray Wallace

Something has awakened in the waters near Hidden Bay. Ancient and unknowable, it has been gathering its strength in the aftermath of an eons-old conflict, waiting for the right moment to reveal itself. Now, with the wait finally nearing an end, it has decided that a test of its returning power is in order. 

When a storm rolls in and settles over Hidden Bay, the townspeople are forced to confront their deepest fears and darkest nightmares. Before long, many begin to realize this is no ordinary storm, that the world they thought they knew has been harboring a terrible secret. And as each day passes, as new horrors and revelations come to light, a feeling of ever-increasing dread grips the town as the the rain continues to fall…

The cover on this is striking, and would certainly grab my attention at a bookstore. It is also a fitting scene in the book as well, and I'm always a sucker for covers which actually ties into the story.

A note for the reader-Days of Rain is not a typical book. Rather than have one set protagonist facing the antagonist, the book is focused on several people in the town, most of whom carry a dark secret or obstacle which is magnified once the storm arrives. And while they all face different problems, there is certainly a supernatural element involved. The antagonist is an old, mysterious, Cthulhu-type monster who cannot be defeated.

Ths is a very entertaining read, although I would have preferred not to have another author in the foreword talk about how difficult writing is and how great this story is. It would have been better for me to reach that conclusion myself. That being said, there is a great deal of characterization and intrigue to keep each section going. Days of Rain is relatively short-it clocks in at 128 pages on my PDF reader. But there is certainly a great deal of suspense and intrigue to fill in those pages.

FINAL GRADE: 4 out of 5. It can be a risk to have a book divided by different characters who usually do not interact with each other, but in this case it works. Here's hoping for a sequel.

Days of Rain can be found here.

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