Jacob Logan is at a crossroads with his life in Boston. Hoping to find a sense of direction, he returns to his small, rural hometown in North Carolina to take up residence in his childhood home years after his parents deaths. He is alone in an isolated house but this is exactly what he needs…
You know this cannot turn out well. There is the odd discovery that fireflies avoid the property – landing on the Logan land is equal to death. Jacob’s car is stolen and the strange Officer Hanratty is one minute concerned and the next minute angry at Jacob. Carl, the hired caretaker, is creepy, sneaky, and plain mean and others in the town are acting very strange. And of course, there are the bumps and crashes in the night. Carl knew his parents, especially his mother, was hurt by his infrequent visits but he cannot imagine they are behind these chilling events.
Richard Dansky has created an entertaining, old-fashioned haunted house/ghost story in Firefly Rain. The story is suspenseful and I was intrigued after just a few pages. There are moments of overt scares but the book is at it’s best when there is the slow build to what seems like a small outcome. Jacob’s character evolves from trying to find earthbound explanations for all of his odd experiences to accepting there may be supernatural forces at work. The other characters are also interesting – are they really that accommodating and pleasant? The house and the land have a large role in the story and Mr. Dansky’s descriptions of the rooms, yard and family grave add to the eerie feeling.
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I would like to thank Sarah from Pocket books for a copy of this book.