Tuesday, December 4, 2012

"darkness rising" by lis wiehl with pete nelson

About the book (from the publisher): The evil in East Salem is no longer content to hide in the shadows. The stakes—and the darkness—are rising.

Dani Harris thought there wasn’t much left that could surprise her after serving as a forensic psychiatrist in East Salem. And Tommy Gunderson has faced few challenges in his life that he couldn’t overcome by either physical strength or his celebrity status.

But as they race to uncover what’s really happening behind the high walls of St. Adrian’s Academy, it becomes clear that supernatural forces have been at work here for generations. And now their focus is on making sure Dani and Tommy don’t interfere.

When the unseen becomes seen, faith is the only weapon strong enough to fight in a battle involving not just murder and betrayal—but angels and demons.

My take: Darkness Rising is the sequel to Waking Hours ... and yes, you really do need to read Waking Hours first! Both books are incredibly quick, captivating reads, but Darkness Rising really kicked things up a notch. Waking Hours really just laid the groundwork for the battles to come, and Darkness Rising kicks off with a bang and continues at a frenetic pace until the end.

One thing you should know: Darkness Rising doesn't just deal with the battle between good and evil, involving angels and demons, but it also depicts a Christian who is demon possessed. If you're sensitive to that type of thing (as I am...) you may want to think hard about whether you want to read it.

So in the end, I'm torn. On one hand, I loved the book while I was reading it. On the other, it left me dwelling on things that aren't healthy for me to be thinking about (and it really stuck with me). Because of the subject matter and how it affected me, I'm giving it 3-1/2 stars. But if you enjoy supernatural thrillers and aren't bothered by reading about demon possession, you'll probably really like this novel.

Read my review of Waking Hours.
Read my reviews of Wiehl's "Triple Threat" novels (these are crime novels that do not deal with the supernatural): Hand of Fate, Heart of Ice, and Eyes of Justice.

About the authors: Lis Wiehl is a New York Times best-selling author, Harvard Law School graduate, and former federal prosecutor. A popular legal analyst and commentator for the Fox News Channel, Wiehl appears onThe O'Reilly Factor and was co-host will Bill O'Reilly on the radio for seven years. 

Pete Nelson is the author of I Thought You Were Dead. He was listed in the Esquire Register of Best American Writers, the recipient of the 2003 Christopher Award, and nominated for the prestigious Edgar Award. He lives with his wife and son in Westchester, New York.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the 
BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


  1. Is it scary? It sounds a little scary :/ And I'm kind of a wus :)

    1. I'm not really a good judge of what's scary—I don't get scared that easily. It's suspenseful, but not to the point of giving me knots in my stomach. I think the main thing is how you feel about supernatural stuff. If it bothers you to read about it, then definitely skip this book!


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