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I have listened to Christine Carbo's first two novels, The Wild Inside and Mortal Fall, and loved them so I looked forward to a third with great anticipation. I have not been disappointed. Carbo seems to get better with each book and The Weight of Night is my favorite of the series so far.
Like the previous two books, The Weight of Night takes place in and around Glacier National Park in Montana. It's fire season and the forest fires are raging out of control. Amidst the conflagration, firefighters unearth a shallow grave containing human remains. Monty Harris, a Park Police Officer, and Gretchen Larson, a crime scene investigator, are called in to excavate the remains and discover who they belong to and how they got there. In the midst of all this a boy vacationing in Glacier Park with his family goes missing and Monty and Gretchen have to work fast to find him.
Monty and Gretchen are characters from the previous two books, and in this third one we learn a lot more about Gretchen and her interesting and tragic past.
Carbo is a wonderful writer. Her descriptive prose is just beautiful and gets better with every book. I've seen her compared to C.J.Box and Nevada Barr, but those comparisons are flawed. Yes, she sets her novels in a National Park in the West, but that's where the similarities end. Carbo is a much more talented writer than either of them. Her prose is disciplined and beautiful. Her development of and insights into her characters is more profound and illuminating. While I love her skill at crafting mystery plots and maintaining suspense, I would listen her work even if she didn't write thrillers.
R. C. Bray and Sarah Mollo-Christensen were really good with the delivery of the story
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
All of the books in this series have been wonderful -- well written and engrossing. This third one is especially fine. It has many layers of meaning which is unusual for a mystery, but the literary quality never gets in the way of a great story.
The two narrators are among the best I have heard. They are amazing at producing different identities for their characters, and their mastery of accents is impressive.
I highly recommend this one.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I loved the first 2 books in this series. They were really believable and the descriptions of the park were very vivid.
this book was nothing like the others. The back story on Gretchen was really unnecessary and not at all unbelievable. It totally detracted from the rest of the book. It irritated me so much I ended up skipping chunks.
real shame as I thoroughly enjoyed the first books.
Third and best so far in the series hoping for more of Monty Kirsten and Glacier National Park