In this sequel to the critically-acclaimed novel that grabbed fans of X-Files and Stranger Things, Jeremy Finley returns with another thriller full of aliens and government cover-ups.
For most of his life, William Chance has been the living proof that his grandmother and her fellow researchers into missing people were right all along about the terror from the stars. Now, he’s avoiding the limelight and hiding out from everyone, including his family. He knows he can avoid everything, except for the nightmares: fires, storms, disease and violence – he dreams of it all.
When he’s suddenly exposed, he finds that the media, government operatives and renegade true believers are desperate to find him, but he has another mission. Joined by a girl with terrifying abilities, he begins a desperate journey across the United States to find the others who share his dreams to stop what could be the final days of the world.
Jeremy Finley’s debut The Darkest Time of Night was called “outstanding” in a starred review from Publishers Weekly and was a June 2018 SIBA Okra Selection. Now, he continues the story of Lynn and William, fifteen years later in a new fast-paced novel full of suspense and government cover-ups, perfect for thriller and supernatural fans alike.
Finley's sequel to 2018's The Darkest Time of Night, set 15 years later, falls short of the high standard set by its predecessor, which ended with a successful resolution to Lynn Roseworth's search for her grandson, William Chance, who disappeared as a child. William, who some believe was the victim of an alien abduction, is now 22 and living incognito in a trailer in Arkansas, until he makes a careless misstep that allows a reporter to track him down. More visitors follow: Lois Jumper, "an agent with the Investigative Services Branch of the National Park Service," and Lily, a nine-year-old African-American girl who supposedly popped up out of nowhere in North Dakota. When William is targeted by mysterious men in suits who murder Lois, Lily kills them by somehow giving them fast-acting cancers. William and Lily's flight for safety and his family's parallel search for him aren't particularly exciting, and Lynn, the first book's most distinctive character, plays a small role. The limp storytelling doesn't bode well for future series entries.