Review: Firefly Rain

Firefly Rain
by Richard Dansky
Publisher: Gallery; Reprint edition (April 6, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1439148635
ISBN-13: 978-1439148631

(3 1/2 stars out of 5)

After his business fails, Jacob Logan returns to his rural North Carolina roots. He moves into his childhood home and experiences paranormal activity. His possessions are destroyed in a moving van accident, his car fails to start and then mysteriously disappears. At times, his only contact with the outside world is Carl, the enigmatic caretaker. However; the oddest phenomena is the fireflies who can not cross Logan’s property line.

The setting of this “southern gothic” tale is Maryville, North Carolina. I could identify with the hero of this tale. I’ve felt the red clay squish between and toes and I’ve caught my share of fireflies as a boy. What I did not understand was Jacob’s aversion to return to Maryville. Alas, that question was never answered to my satisfaction.

The story moves at a slow pace, almost plodding at times. I sense that this is planned by the author, but I think that a faster pace would have made for a better story. The story had a predictable ending, I had a pretty good idea what was going to happen about half way through the book.

Still, I enjoyed the story. Almost any “southern gothic” story is fine with me.

I give it 3 1/2 y’alls out of 5

Received this book courtesy of Gallery and Pocket Books, for review purposes.

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