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Review: Firefly Rain by Richard Dansky

Firefly RainMy rating: 4 of 5 stars

Firefly Rain was the creepiest book I’ve read in a while, and I mean that in a good way!

From the Simon & Schuster website:

When Jacob left home for a new life, he pretty much forgot all about Maryfield, North Carolina. But Maryfield never forgot him. Or forgave him.

After a failed business venture in Boston, Jacob Logan comes back to the small Southern town of his childhood and takes up residence in the isolated house he grew up in. Here, the air is still. The nights are black. And his parents are buried close by. It should feel like home—but something is terribly wrong.

Jacob loses all his belongings in a highway accident. His car is stolen from his driveway, yet he never hears a sound. The townspeople seem guarded and suspicious. And Carl, the property caretaker with so many secrets, is unnervingly accommodating. Then there are the fireflies that light the night skies . . . and die as they come near Jacob’s home. If it weren’t for the creaking sounds after dark, or the feeling that he is being watched, Jacob would feel so alone. He shouldn’t worry. He’s not.

And whatever’s with him isn’t going to let him leave home ever again.
A quote on the back cover refers to this book as horror, but this isn’t what I think of when I see that label.

The novel has a very gothic feel, with mysterious happenings, a spooky house, a young protagonist at a crossroads in his life (although I tend to think of gothic novels as featuring women), and even a little romance (key to the plot, although not to the storytelling).

The book examines what it mean to be from someplace and what it means to belong somewhere. The small town seems like a character at times, and you wonder if the residents are driving the towns atmosphere, or if the town is influencing the actions of the people.

I found Jacob to be flawed but sympathetic, and even more importantly, I found him interesting. He’s worked hard on his business all of his adult life, and has retreated to his childhood home to decide what comes next.

The secondary characters were flat, but deliberately so, I think. They were catalysts in a story that really was about Jacob, his parent’s house and the town he was raised it.

I’m looking forward to reading more by Richard Dansky.

Thank you to the publisher for allowing me to participate in this tour.  For more views of this books, check out:

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