Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Book Review: "A New Day at Midnight" (Michelle Hiscox)

Picture this: your life is ruined. You'll never be the same, feel the same, look the same. Nothing will ever be the same. It's the fault of a single person, whom you never expect to see again.

And then, fate intervenes, and the life of that person lands in your hands.

What would you do?

Addressing that very question, among others, is the paranormal romance novel A New Day at Midnight, by author Michelle Hiscox.

Protagonist Hannah Worthington is one of the likeliest and most enjoyable heroines I've read in some time in the genre. She's a veritable collection of mismatched characteristics: strength and fear, determination and uncertainty, speech alternately tender and caustic. The dichotomies are so well-crafted that she might walk off the pages at any moment.

The work itself is written in more of a historic style, not quite so verbose as to be considered literary fiction, and yet not like the fast-paced stories so popular today. There's something unique and refreshing about that style, despite its look back to a bygone era of detailed descriptions and careful dialogue. I wished a few times for less wordy conversations between characters, but the form is consistent throughout.

Themes explored include love, betrayal, forgiveness, family, loyalty, friendship, bitterness and cynicism, lust, and more. Hiscox admirably combines elements of what would otherwise be a well-told historic romance with a significant dip into the paranormal realm, and readers may recognize the echo of a well-known fairy tale plot re-imagined in this highly entertaining offering.

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Author: Michelle Hiscox
Title: A New Day at Midnight
ISBN: 978-1-987913-00-2
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher via Library Thing in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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