Sunday, December 5, 2010

Review of Good Morning, Darkness by Ruth Francisco

 4 of 5 stars
Available at Amazon

 I received a review copy of this book from the author.

Laura Finnegan is the type of woman that men are drawn to.  She is almost too perfect in her beauty, but Laura is much more than meets the eye.  The author gives us a few clues to her past – a dancer who can’t dance anymore – although most of the story focuses on her sociopath boyfriend, Scott Goodsell, a Mexican fisherman who watches her every morning from the pier and Detective Sgt. Reggie Brooks, Laura’s martial arts instructor, who becomes obsessed with finding out what happens to her when she suddenly disappears.

The story opens up with Laura telling Scott that she cannot see him anymore because she had a dream that he would kill her.  This sets in motion of series of events that keeps you on the edge of your seat trying to guess what “the truth” is and who is guilty of what.  When Laura disappears, Det. Reggie becomes even more obsessed with her and jeopardizes his job and marriage to find out what happened to her.  Reggie wrestles with his own inner demons during his investigation – does he love Laura or is he only being protective of a vulnerable woman?

There are so many twists and turns in this book that it is impossible to know what is coming next.  When you think you have it figured out, Ms. Francisco throws a monkey wrench into the mix and you’re back at square one again.  I only have a few minor complaints about the book.  I thought the gang crime thread was a bit long – I realize the author was trying to convey the scope of Reggie’s neglect of his job, but I found myself losing interest in that part of the book.  Also, there was some weird formatting on my Kindle every time there was a street name in italics.  There was a huge amount of space between the street name and the next word and that was annoying.

“Good Morning, Darkness” is a fantastic thriller and I definitely recommend it to readers who enjoy mysteries and thrillers.