Review By Patrick Scattergood
On the first day of summer a young girl disappears after climbing through a broken window into an abandoned building that was once an orphanage.
Now Frankie, her brother and only witness to her disappearance, Tom, a newspaper reporter and recent widower, and Patricia, a woman with her own connection to the old orphanage, along with three paranormal researchers, will try to untangle the secrets and mysteries of the place they call the Home.
I love to read haunted house stories, ghost stories and pretty much every in between so when I had a chance to sit down and read another one in the shape of 'The Darkest Night' by Mike Ramon, I was quite excited.
The premise of this book really hooked me in and I honestly couldn't wait to see just where Ramon was going to take the idea.
While for the most part, the story worked really well but there were a couple of things that hurt the over all quality a little bit. There were a couple of mistakes that a bit of last minute editing could have fixed but they weren't so bad as to distract the reader. Just made them seem a little bit out of place. The other thing that I feel hurt the story was Ramon's over reliance on describing everything too much. There were times where the old term less is more would have definitely worked very well here. If Ramon could have refrained from over explaining a few bits here and there and maybe not explain a couple of things that had only just happened then this story would have flowed brilliantly well.
The only other thing that kind of bugged me was the cover. The picture used was brilliant but then the cover and author name was plastered over the top of it in what looked like a haphazard way. I think the main annoyance of that was the font used. For a subtle story such as this one, a little less in your face font would have gone a long way.
That said, there are a hell of a lot of good moments in this story. The haunting / ghost part of the story works really well and had a genuinely spooky feel to it. Some of the scenes reminded me a little bit of the movie called 'The Others' in that it had a subtle feeling of dread running through the story but just under the surface. I've always liked it when horror and supernatural authors can get the line of dread running through a story like that and Ramon has done that very well here.
I know it may seem like I was quite down on this book but I don't mean it to sound so negative. 'The Darkest Night' is a good story with some really well done twists and turns throughout the book. It's just the fact that Ramon seemed to feel the need to over explain a lot of things in the book and I found that really distracting in places. Maybe if it had been streamlined a little more then the story would have reached the level of quality that it promised at the beginning.