Picking up Nightfall with no idea what was in store turned out to be an excellent decision. In this novella sized tidbit, Daniel Barnett did everything he needed to do to ensure I would continue reading this series. Well freaking done, sir! Well done!
I was sucked in right from the moment the sun went out. That’s not the only issue though, and that’s where my curiosity was piqued. Some people lost it when the sun went out. Some people are dancing naked in their front yards. Some people are staring off into space. Some people are killing themselves. Why? Usually this is where I would say, you’ll have to read this to find out. This time I’m saying you’ll have to read this and continue on with the series to find out and that’s exactly what I’m going to do.
Lastly, I’m interested in reading more of this author’s writing. Some phrases really stuck with me, but not only that, the writing itself is far above the level I was expecting. For me, writing that is vivid and descriptive can be a treat on its own, over and above pushing the narrative forward and that is what I’ve found here. (In my mind, I’m thinking of Shirley Jackson and how her word choices and descriptive talents added more to the story of Hill House, over and above the narrative itself. “…whatever walked there, walked alone.”)
Nightfall is impressive in its prose and in its vision. I can’t wait to see what happens next!
I was provided a paperback ARC in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!
Further, I’ve chatted with this author several times over the last year or two and consider him a friend. Even further, I am hosting a read-along at Goodreads of this book, and if there is interest, the entire series, one book per month. Feel free to find and join us at Horror Aficionados on Goodreads.