Book Review: When Night Falls by Margaret Daley

Posted January 6, 2020 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Book Review: When Night Falls by Margaret Daley

I received this book for free from my own shelves in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

When Night Falls by Margaret Daley
Series: Love Inspired Suspense
Genres: Inspirational Romance, Suspense
Published by Steeple Hill on October 9, 2009
Pages: 224
Format: eBook
Source: my own shelves

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A standalone inspirational romantic suspense story revolving around a child psychologist and an FBI agent in New Orleans. Psst, it’s possible this story is part of a very general Love Inspired Suspense series…

My Take

I gotta warn y’all ahead of time that my review is colored by what I was expecting based on the cover. I thought this was going to be a Nancy Drew-type tale of mystery. Instead, it’s a short tale introducing Sam Pierce and Florence Gold.

It’s Sam who’s the involved Christian interested in aiding Jocelyn in her faith…and in her dating him. We know they each have faith, as Daley uses third person dual protagonist point-of-view to keep us informed of their thoughts and emotions.

With someone stalking Jocelyn, we quickly learn of Sam’s interest in the doctor, and of course, how strong both characters are.

I don’t care for the bits of faith Daley pulls in. That does NOT negate the appropriateness of that faith nor that it does comfort both characters. – I’m a christian, just not a religious Christian.

It’s an easy read that feels as if it were written in the 1950s. It’s also suspenseful, but Daley doesn’t provide much depth to the story nor to the characters. Annd, don’t give me that about it being a short tale, other authors have managed to provide a great deal of depth in just five pages…

The Story

Someone is stalking child psychologist Jocelyn Gold, and FBI Agent Sam Pierce is convinced it’s someone against whom she’s testified.

The Characters

Dr Jocelyn Gold is a child psychologist whose testimony has sent men to jail.

Special Agent Sam Pierce is also obsessed with his career and sustained by his faith.

Adam and Terri are both cops and friends of Jocelyn’s.

Ned Pickens and Carl Mason are among the suspects. Keith Dubois has a seven-year-old daughter, Emma. Ozzie is his pit bull.

Kelly owns a bar, Kelly’s Bar and Grill.

The Cover and Title

The cover is primarily yellows and browns as we stare down a steep flight of old wooden stairs, blotchy walls complementing the floor. At the foot of the stairs is a woman with red-blonde hair that falls below her shoulders in a red crew-neck sweater and blue jeans, rushing out an ancient door, but looking up at us. At the very top is the what I think is the series name in a busy blend of script and sans serif fonts in a gold and gray-outlined red. A saw-toothed badge in a circular gradient of yellow into white encases an info blurb. The author’s name is in white just below center with the larger title also in white. At the bottom right is a logo for the publisher in a much paler yellow.

The title is the indicator that the danger increases when When Night Falls.

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