I’m always on the lookout for mystery stories that stand out, and When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain definitely fit the bill.
After a traumatic accident, Anna Hart, a missing persons detective, returns to her small hometown of Mendocino, CA. Hiding away in a cabin in the woods, she learns that a teenage girl is missing. She can’t help but get involved in the search for the girl – but can she trust her instincts?
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When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain: My Thoughts
Paula McLain has branched out from historical fiction to write this gem of a mystery novel! Technically, this is somewhat historical: it’s set in 1993, which sets it apart from modern crime fiction. It takes the reader back to a time before widespread Internet usage and social media.
When I first started reading, I was a little worried. The very beginning felt somewhat bogged down by metaphors. Fortunately, this seemed to level out after the beginning, and I didn’t notice it anymore after that. In fact, overall, the writing was very engaging, with just the right amount of detail to make you feel like you’re there.
I loved the setting, weaving between small-town California and the wildness of national forests.
When the Stars Go Dark is a deeply emotional, atmospheric mystery with a complex and interesting protagonist. Highly recommended!
Rating: 4.5 (out of 5) stars
Release date: April 13th, 2021
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