Given up for adoption just hours after her birth, thirty-year-old Caitlyn Connelly has longed her entire life to uncover her family history. Subject to bizarre and inexplicable visions, Cait is desperate to learn whether her biological mother can provide any insight as to the origin of her unusual ability.
When a local investigator learns Cait was born in a Boston suburb, the Tampa lawyer wastes no time booking a flight to the East Coast.
In Boston, with the city under siege by a killer known as “Mr. Midnight,” Cait’s visions intensify, morphing from merely annoying to graphic and terrifying. Worse, Cait begins to realize she shares a strange psychic connection with the depraved sociopath. A connection that may just get her killed.
As Cait and the murderer are drawn inexorably toward a violent confrontation, unraveling a decades-old mystery might be the only thing that prevents her from becoming the next victim…of Mr. Midnight.
Allan Leverone is a 2012 Derringer Award winner and 2011 Pushcart Prize nominee for his short fiction. He has been hailed by bestselling Author Vincent Zandri (THE INNOCENT, THE REMAINS) as “the successor to Michael Crichton,” and bestselling author Scott Nicholson (LIQUID FEAR, DISINTEGRATION) says “Allan Leverone delivers a taut crime drama full of twists and conspiracy.”
Horror was my first literary love. I don’t admit it very often, in polite company I lie and say it was ‘The Animals of Farthing Wood’ and although I did read these books growing up, deep down I was hoping for Fox to go mental and start tearing the throats out of his furry friends. So dark and twisted is my ‘thing’ and Mr Midnight reminded me of that. From start to finish it was just gruesome enough with a steady stream of suspense that kept me reading – a perfect winter read when the weather is awful and all you want to do is curl up with a good book that throws you head first into an engrossing story.
As a reader, I’m not a big fan of flashbacks in a story, and if I could have changed anything it would have been to rip out the birth etc. and make it the prologue, thus leaving us in the present with the main characters and enforcing the suspense.
From a writer’s perspective, I thought the pacing was excellent and the story unfolded just enough each chapter to keep you on that sharp, shiny hook. My only criticism, and this is just me, is that Mr Midnight needed more of the book. I realise that he was the antagonist and that the protagonist, Cait should, in theory, be given equal time at least but horror affords authors a bit of literary leeway and I’d have liked to have seen our killer literally explode into the story with a string of murders under his belt before Cait takes our attention away.
The front cover is very eerie and definitely represents the story well. So two thumbs up to the cover artist!
Overall I’d give Mr Midnight 4 out of 5 stars – a darkly disturbing read with a dash of psychic shenanigans.