Title: Firefly Rain
Author: Richard Dansky
Publication Date: April 6, 2010
Paperback: 352 pages
From the Publisher:
When Jacob left home for a new life, he pretty much forgot all about Maryfield, North Carolina. But Maryfield never forgot him. Or forgave him.
After a failed business venture in Boston, Jacob Logan comes back to the small Southern town of his childhood and takes up residence in the isolated house he grew up in. Here, the air is still. The nights are black. And his parents are buried close by. It should feel like home—but something is terribly wrong.
Jacob loses all his belongings in a highway accident. His car is stolen from his driveway, yet he never hears a sound. The townspeople seem guarded and suspicious. And Carl, the property caretaker with so many secrets, is unnervingly accommodating. Then there are the fireflies that light the night skies . . . and die as they come near Jacob’s home. If it weren’t for the creaking sounds after dark, or the feeling that he is being watched, Jacob would feel so alone. He shouldn’t worry. He’s not.
And whatever’s with him isn’t going to let him leave home ever again.
Jacob Logan's business has failed and he decides to pack up and take a break back at his childhood home in North Carolina, a place he has not been in many years, a place he has tried to forget. Thus begins Firefly Rain by Richard Dansky, a novel were things do more than go bump in the night. One fond memory Jacob holds is of catching fireflies, yet none appear to cross onto his property line. His car refuses to start, then is stolen without a trace while he sleeps, a set of toy soldiers mysteriously appear on his front door step, and most disturbing is his crabby caretaker Carl. Firefly Rain begins at a slower pace, transferring the reader from the fast-paced life of the main character's Boston, back to his small hometown in North Carolina and from there, Dansky picks up speed and the novel becomes a fast paced thriller leaving the reader a series of clues to follow. Dansky makes certain there is just enough information about his characters, especially Jacob Logan, Carl and Officer Hanratty and a few others (no spoilers from me) to keep the reader on their toes as well as giving the reader a detailed look into life in this strange small town. Firefly Rain is similar to a cozy mystery insofar as all the information is given upfront, then all similarities end and the reader is in for a delightfully faced-paced thriller which will keep the reader engaged into the wee hours of the morning.
I received a complimentary copy of Firefly Rain by Richard Dansky from Simon & Schuster to review. Receiving a free copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.