4.5 out of 5 stars
Man do I love it when a story delivers on it’s promises, or more precisely it’s premise. Although, I will say I went in expecting perhaps a bit more of a typical haunted house type of situation but I am infinitely more pleased with the way the author seemed to use the setting as more of an symbol/extension of the chilling emptiness one is left with when all you cling to are cold and empty things.
Down Comes the Night was everything I wanted it to be. It peaked my interest from the start but after the first roughly 35% it really took off. While I do think there maybe could have been some more pizzazz sooner to really draw in the reader fully in the beginning it was still intriguing and before I hit the halfway mark I was captivated.
There was an uncanny natural flow to so many elements to this story which was surprising and impressive for a debut novel. The raw emotions, the keen observations, the character growth and complicated relationships…it all shined so brightly against the backdrop of the chilly crumbling mansion. There were quite a few beautiful passages that will stay with me for awhile, sometimes the kindle’s greatest function is the highlighter.
I’m not sure if this is a standalone novel, it certainly could be. It ended in a great place but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t holding out some hope that this story will continue! Either way, I greatly look forward to what this author comes out with next!
I received an arc of this book from Wednesday Books via Netgalley and this is my honest review.