By Mike Dellosso
Charisma Media, 600 Rinehart Road, Lake Mary, Florida 32746, 9778-1616382742, $ 13.99, 2011, 290 Pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake
A Downward Spiral of Darkness
“Darkness Follows” combines the elements of a psychological thriller, a supernatural suspense novel, and the intrigue of a sinister political conspiracy. Within the first few pages I became engaged in life of Mike Dellosso’s protagonist, Sam Travis. Dellosso vividly describes the diagnosis of Sam’s auditory hallucinations, his depression, and the dark ominous psychosis Sam experiences as he relives the details of his brother’s death twenty- years earlier.
Sam Travis, a self-employed carpenter, fell 20 feet off a roof in an accident. He suffered a severe trauma injury to his head. I felt like an outsider looking on, empathizing, as Sam deals with impending madness, a slave to the shadowy figures of darkness, the voice of Tom, his dead brother, and the sounds of battle all around him. Add to Sam’s confusion the journal of a Civil War Army Captain written in Sam’s own handwriting and you will understand why the madness has only begun.
A strong theme of family love and the importance of the importance of accepting God’s unconditional love is woven throughout the novel, a non-judgmental, non-preaching message.
A complex fast moving plot features a broad array of characters, haunted by their past, driven by forces good and evil beyond their control or understanding. Intense story telling – highly suspenseful.
A complimentary copy of the book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own. As reviewed for Midwest Book Review.