Michael's books always contain a fine balance of suspense, mystery and otherworldly tinges. This book does not disappoint in that regard.
Markus goes back to his past life to attempt to discover why his wife was murdered, while at the same time hunting her murderer with plans for revenge. His hunt leads him to an entirely different mystery involving dangerous crackpot extremists and a couple being manipulated to do some extremely dirty work. Somehow these extremists seem to have something to do with not only his wife's death, but also the family that he left behind years ago. Throughout the entire book voices in his head help guide his actions. None of this does he understand. He is working on instinct, voices and clues that fall into his lap.
There are quite a few mysteries in this novel that are not resolved by the last page and the story line is left wide open for a sequel.
I will happily grab that sequel to read if it comes to fruition.
Little Brown and Company
August 16, 2016
Mark Novak's greatest mystery may be his own...
Rise the dark. These were the last words written in Lauren Novak's notebook before she was murdered in a strange Florida village. They've never meant anything to the police or to her husband, investigator Markus Novak. Now the man he believes killed her is out of prison, and draws Markus to the place he's avoided for so long: the lonely road where his wife was shot to death beneath the cypress trees and Spanish moss in a town called Cassadaga.
In Red Lodge, Montana, a senseless act of vandalism shuts the lights off in the town where Sabrina Baldwin is still trying to adjust to a new home and mourning the loss of her brother, who was a high voltage linesman just like her husband, Jay. As the spring's final snowstorm calls Jay deeper into the mountains, chasing the destruction on the electrical grid, Sabrina is abducted by Garland Webb, the man Markus Novak believes killed his wife. Drawing them all together is a messianic villain who understands that you can never outpace your past. You can only rise against the future.