Rise the Dark (Lit­tle, Brown and Co), by Michael Ko­ryta

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Mark No­vak, seen pre­vi­ously in Michael Ko­ryta’s Last Words, is still seek­ing an­swers re­gard­ing the mur­der of his wife in Rise the Dark. Gar­land Webb, the man re­spon­si­ble for killing Lau­ren No­vak, walks away a free man on a tech­ni­cal­ity. Mark knows Gar­land is re­spon­si­ble, but can he prove it? The words “rise the dark” were writ­ten in Lau­ren’s note­book prior to her death, and the cryp­tic mes­sage has been elu­sive. In a small town in Mon­tana, Sab­rina Bald­win watches her hus­band, Jay, head out to re­pair a downed power line. She show­ers, and when she steps out, she’s shocked to see a man wait­ing for her. Gar­land shoots her with a tran­quil­izer dart and his bold plan be­gins. Mark vis­its the site of his wife’s mur­der and learns that he’s a pawn in a game where his sur­vival is doubt­ful. Gar­land knows ev­ery move Mark is go­ing to make, and the truth be­hind Lau­ren’s cryp­tic mes­sage will ruin the lives of many peo­ple. Jay learns of his wife’s kid­nap­ping and re­al­izes he will have to be­tray ev­ery­thing he holds dear in or­der to win her free­dom. Ko­ryta has a gift for ter­rific sus­pense that im­merses the reader while also de­liv­er­ing prose that al­most reads like po­etry. Some of the an­swers that Mark finds are a bit hard to be­lieve, but that’s a mi­nor bump in the road that should def­i­nitely be trav­eled.

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