4 Stars: “Darker Things” by Rob Cornell

Posted: 8th July 2014 by Jason Kristopher in Books
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Darker Things [Cover]From Amazon.com:

Craig Lockman… 

No one had called him that in fifteen years. 

Not since his days at the Agency. Not since he was trained to kill creatures that were supposed to exist only in nightmares. 

Yet the teenage girl on his doorstep not only knows his real name, she claims she’s his daughter. 

Before Lockman can learn how the girl found him, he’s attacked by a black-ops team of assassins. But these aren’t ordinary killers–they’re heavily armed vampires sent by his most hated enemy. 

Forced on the run, Lockman protects his daughter from an onslaught of horrors while searching for who betrayed him and why. The investigation leads him to Detroit, where he unwittingly sets a plan into motion that could trigger a paranormal apocalypse and cost him his soul.

Rob Cornell does a good job guiding us through the premise of this book, presumably the first in a series called The Lockman Chronicles.

I thought it was an interesting take on the whole supernatural “genre”, for lack of a better word, and was drawn into the story immediately by the strong action and questions raised in the prologue/preface.

As Alice said, “curiouser and curiouser!”

The action was good, but didn’t get in the way of the story’s development (at least to me). The teenager in the book was a pain-in-the-ass, but what teenager isn’t? Realistically written, to my mind. Nothing offensive, and I didn’t find myself skipping pages to get to the good parts, which is always a litmus test for me for an author I haven’t read before.

There were a few mistakes in word choice (e.g. a car has brakes, not breaks) and the occasional other grammar or punctuation slip, and I would’ve liked to have seen a table of contents built into the book, but overall, this was a well-edited and even more importantly, well-written, story. It’s a good length for a novel, and for $3.99, you can’t beat the value.

I recommend this book for a good horror/suspense read with a unique take on the idea of the supernatural and magic, and I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series. Get your copy on Amazon.

Originally published on moderndayhitchhiker.com.

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