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Editorial Reviews

"Don’t play it after dark" is what characters say about an eerie children’s game that drives the plot of The Hour Before Dark. Of course, the same might be said about this audiobook, in which narrator A. T. Chandler brings a gravely intensity to Douglas Clegg’s supernatural thriller. Fans of Stephen King-style horror will like this character-rich novel, in which Nemo Raglan must conjure his family’s demons to solve the mystery of his father’s grisly murder. Horror fans looking for schlock or geysers of blood may get a little restless at this book’s pace, but for those who like their suspense smart and slow, The Hour Before Dark will scare long after this audiobook stops playing.
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Publisher's Summary

There are rules to every game. You must never play the Dark Game after sunset - it becomes real then. It takes you over...
The Hour Before Dark is a riveting gothic suspense novel of supernatural horror from best-selling and award-winning novelist Douglas Clegg - author of The Children's Hour and Halloween Man.
When his father is murdered in one of the most vicious killings of recent years, Nemo Raglan must return to the New England island he thought he'd escaped for good...and the shadowy home called Hawthorn.
"Douglas Clegg has become the new star in horror fiction, and The Hour Before Dark is his best and most exciting novel to date. This is pure imagination, and it is wearing speed skates." (Peter Straub, New York Times best-selling author of Ghost Story and, with Stephen King, The Talisman.)
©2002, 2012 Douglas Clegg (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Mitch on 03-03-17

Weirdly Written Pacing Throws Off Story


I am currently still listening to this book, so this review may change. This story--at least in the beginning--doesn't seem to understand where it wants to go. It discusses concepts before they're needed and then repeats.


The same information once it IS needed. It mentions how the kids don't like the smokehouse a couple of times in the narration before the characters even discuss it. Making it a boring subject and losing any potential intensity once it's brought up with the characters for the first time, but the third or fourth time for the reader. Not only that, but it fills like there is a lot of filler.


The narrator will break the pace of the story to explain things that he will learn later, that could make for interesting moments or minor revelations...but, it just doesn't fit into how the story needs to be written. It's like the writer wanted a 1st-person perspective, but kept mixing it into a 3rd-person omniscient. Making the story feel jarring and stilted. Not only that...


But what is with the section breaks in the chapters? Just reading this breaks up the pacing--like how I'm doing for this review--can you imagine how annoying it gets when listening to someone? It especially doesn't help that alot of the "commerical breaks" feel unnatural to the story, making it halt unexpectantly.


In the book, it may have worked better as stopping points for the reader to make it easier to get back to their spot, but they should have been removed for the audiobook. Who knows? Maybe all of these weird and unnatural elements will tie together in the end, but right now, it really takes me out of the story, which you cannot do in a horror novel.


Again, my opinion and review may change once I finish the book, but I may not even finish it at this point.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Jeffrey on 05-09-17

Blathering Mess

This is one of the most poorly written pieces of tripe I have ever heard. I did not finish it. To add insult to injury, the narration would have been more interesting and emotional if Siri had read it.

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