By D.H. Schleicher
Published on: November 13, 2018
As I sit here contemplating the book, varying thoughts enter my mind shaping my thoughts and opinions only to alter them again. This thriller contains complex characters and story lines that gave me a lot of think on and ponder over.
Summer. 1936. Upstate New York. First, the banks were coming for their farms. Then, a record heat wave scorched the land. And then came Joshua Bloomfield, driven by revenge and greed, seeking to reclaim an inheritance of blood money and the family he believed was rightfully his. Will Evelyn Kydd find a way to save her farm and protect her family from the monster in their midst, or will they all be devoured by the darkness descending upon the hills?
Then Came Darkness is a historical thriller that spans three different decades: the late 1910’s, 20’s, and 30s. The present is mid 1930s, but much of the narrative is dependent on understanding all the choices the characters made along the way that a good portion of the first part of the book is spent weaving through the past showing us these initial decisions and circumstances.
In the central part of the story we find a woman named Evelyn Kydd and her children along with a man named Joshua Bloomfield who seeks vengeance against those who he believes has wronged him. Although there are many different characters you get to know, I never really felt there was a true main character in the book. Instead, we are shown moments within their lives as the narrative continues to display to us the consequences of poor decisions and effects of the Great Depression, leaving us with an overall sense of sadness as we realize no one is really happy or has found contentment in life. And those who have a chance to be happy because they are young and haven’t made poor life choices yet, can’t be happy because they are being impacted by someone’s else poor choices. Everyone has flaws in this book. Everyone – and it was truly difficult to find a character to root for. Except for Sue. Sue is awesome.
Overall, the book is a nice historical piece I found well researched. The times were hard and all the individuals in this felt its impact. An example of this is how the dust bowl especially weighed on Tyrus’s mind as he worries about it reaching their family even though they don’t live anyone near the dust bowl region. Evelyn even comments to herself that her children haven’t really even known what it is like to not live in the Great Depression. Joshua is an excellent antagonist – a sociopath who feels slighted by people and acts his vengeance on those whom he feels has wronged him. But in the end, the book also left me with a sadness that I’m finding difficult to overcome. Thankfully, the Epilogue does have a few moments within it that gave me a reason to cheer, even if that cheer came with a touch of sadness too.
Rating: 4 stars
Thanks to the author for the reader copy and opportunity to provide an honest opinion.