Monday, April 22, 2013

Book Review: Darkness Before Dawn

Ace Collins' Darkness Before Dawn is a riveting page turning thriller and yet so heartfelt and touching.

Meg Richards life is shattered with the death of her husband. Not only does her husband die, but so does the faith in God she once shared with him. The only thing that keeps Meg going is her all consuming desire of revenge on her husbands killer, a drunk driver. Her husbands killer is a teenager, high school hero, and member of an affluent family. Once face to face with the killer at trial, will the verdict satisfy Meg or drive her overboard?

Within the first 100 pages, my jaw had dropped and I could not put the book down.  Meg's pain regarding the loss of her husband's death was so raw because to her the loss was unnecessary.  It was not a casual death but a murder.  With the loss of her husband, came the loss of her faith in God.  This loss of conviction enables her to vow to avenge her husband's death at all costs making her heartless and at times downright cruel.  Her obsession with retribution and fantasizing about the killer's death sent chills while reading.

Her ruthless attitude alienated her from those she once loved including the patients she attends as a nurse.  But there is a patient she can not seem to shake because this patient's faith is unshakable.  Nancy's firm faith and patient love serve as a reminder that God is indeed in control something Meg does not want to hear or believe.

"She wants to experience life, even if it's painful, " Meg explained.  The comparison between Nancy's situation and her own suddenly hit Meg full force.  She didn't want to feel anything, but Nancy did.  p.156

Dissatisfied with the justice system and even her own vigilante attempts at revenge, Meg realizes that there is indeed darkness before dawn.  Meg's story left one grieving with this young widow and desiring her to find comfort in God all the while shocked at who she had become and what she was capable of.  This story highlights the effects of one's sin on a person, the ability not to become a prisoner of bitterness by the possibility of finding hope, peace, and forgiveness in Jesus.   

I received a complimentary copy of above mentioned title from Litfuse  in exchange for an independent and unbiased review.

In his latest novel, Darkness Before Dawn (Abingdon Press), Ace Collins leads readers on an emotionally charged ride from revenge to forgiveness.

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