Monday, August 22, 2016

Sandra Ardoin Reviews WHEN NIGHT COMES by Dan Walsh

Sandra Ardoin Reviews WHEN NIGHT COMES by Dan Walsh

Back Cover Teaser:

Jack Turner comes back to Culpepper to give a series of lectures for his old history professor. Within days, he starts having bizarre experiences at night. Like he’s traveling back in time, experiencing the epic events in his lectures firsthand. He has no control over these experiences and can’t make them stop.

Joe Boyd thought he’d left big city crime back in Pittsburgh when he took a detective job in Culpepper, Georgia, a sleepy southern college town. His peaceful life ends when two students turn up dead in two weeks. The coroner is saying natural causes, but something doesn’t add up.

Rachel Cook, a teaching assistant at Culpepper, can’t believe Jack is back in her life again. She’s had a crush on him since she was fourteen, but Jack never knew. He instantly seems attracted to her, but she can tell…something is deeply troubling him.

Watching all this from a distance is Nigel Avery. He’s certain this experiment’s about to unravel. It’ll be his job to tie up all the loose ends when it does.

My Thoughts:

A noted historian and writer, Jack returns to his old college campus to deliver a series of lectures and write a book with an interesting premise in itself: What if modern technology was available during World War II? Before he arrives, a student is found dead for no apparent reason other than what is evident by the look on his face. He’s been scared to death.

This is my first read of a Dan Walsh novel. While it involves finding the solution to a series of murders, through Jack’s dreams and the premise, it has sci-fi tendencies that would be, frankly, scary if they were true. It’s also a story of blackmail and betrayal that leaves the reader feeling sorry for those involved. The bad guys (and they are bad) are given early on, so there’s no real mystery there.

I understand the first two chapters being in Joe’s POV, but as he was listed in the blurb, I anticipated his role would be larger. Maybe in the second book we’ll again meet this hardworking city cop who tries to adjust to less experienced and capable co-workers.

Jack’s relationship with Rachel develops quickly, though not unrealistically. (After all, they have a whole series in which to fall in love.) However, an incident occurred in the plot where I expected more depth of emotional response from both characters, especially Rachel, so I was a little disappointed there.

Otherwise, the story reads like an action movie and runs at a high-speed and exciting clip. The World War II scenes were especially gripping. I felt as though I had been transported back in time along with Jack.

So if you’re looking for a fast-paced, action-oriented novel, I recommend When Night Comes as an entertaining read that snatched my interest with the first scene and took off!

Book Two in the Jack Turner Suspense series, Remembering Dresden, released in May. I’ll soon be digging into my copy to once again follow Jack’s experiences and his on-going romance with Rachel.

About the Reviewer:

Sandra Ardoin writes inspirational historical romance. She’s the author of The Yuletide Angel and A Reluctant Melody. A wife and mom, she’s also a reader, football fan, NASCAR watcher, garden planter, country music listener, antique store prowler. Visit her at and on the Seriously Write blog. Connect with her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+Goodreads, and Pinterest. Become a part of her newsletter community and receive a free short story.


  1. Great review, Sandra! I love when a writer demonstrates the ability to make history come alive. Sounds like Dan Walsh has laid the foundation for a great series...

  2. Thanks, Sybil. Those scenes were intense and very appealing!


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