I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Dying Hour by Rick Mofina
Length: 10 hours
Genres: Crime, Suspense
Published by Pinnacle Pages: 384
Source: Tantor Audio
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The Dying Hour introduces Jason Wade, a rookie crime reporter with The Seattle Mirror, a loner who grew up in the shadow of a brewery in one of the city's blue-collar neighborhoods. At The Seattle Mirror, he is competing for the single full-time job being offered through the paper's intense intern program. But unlike the program's other young reporters, who attended big name schools and worked at other big metro dailies, Wade put himself through community college, and lacked the same experience.
Wade struggles with his haunting past as he pursues the story of Karen Harding, a college student whose car was found abandoned on a lonely stretch of highway in the Pacific Northwest. How could this beloved young woman with the altruistic nature simply vanish?
Wade battles mounting odds and cut-throat competition to unearth the truth behind Karen Harding's disturbing case. Her disappearance is a story he cannot give up, never realizing the toll it could exact from him. The Dying Hour is a bone-chilling, mesmerizing page-turner that introduces readers to an all-too-human young hero who journeys into the darkest regions of the human heart to confront a nightmare.
Here is what I thought
This was my first book by this author but it won’t be the last and I am looking forward to more books from this series.
In The Dying Hour Jason Wade is just one of several interns vying for the one slot that the Seattle Mirror has to offer. It’s going to come down to who gets the best stories.
Jason Wade wants this job really badly but he is not getting a lot of great headlines so he calls up some police stations looking for something, anything that might lead somewhere. He gets a tip about a young girl who has gone missing, nobody really thinks much about it. It’s not really being chased by anyone else and he figures why not. So he looks into it and he wasn’t prepared for the wild ride it would take him on.
The more Jason looks into things the more places it takes him. He is young and gung ho and it gets him in trouble with the people at the Seattle Mirror. He knows he is onto something though and it could lead him to a serial killer that nobody even knew about, it could also get him killed.
You get the POV of Jason but you also get some from the cops working the case but you also get the POV from Karen the missing girl. It’s those from Karen that really has you rooting for Jason to figure things out before it’s to late as you find out more and more about what has happened to others. I really like Jason though and even though he makes mistakes he is a great investigator and reporter. He didn’t give up when he knew all the clues where leading a certain way even when others were putting up walls in his way.
It has a great and bizarre mystery and even though as the reader we know who is behind things you really want to root for Jason to put it all together.
I really enjoyed this one and can’t wait to try the next one in this series. Recommended for those who like stories involving reporters and mysteries.
This was my first time listening to Paul Costanzo and he took a bit of getting use to but by the end of the book I really did enjoy his narration.
Audio rating: 3.5