This debut suspense novella from Cameron Trost plunges the reader into the dark world of Michael Braun, a suburban landscape gardener who has lost everything he loved. When the opportunity to discover the truth about what really happened that fateful night six years ago presents itself, he seizes it. . . and lets darkness take hold.This short tale of a broken man is full oThis debut suspense novella from Cameron Trost plunges the reader into the dark world of Michael Braun, a suburban landscape gardener who has lost everything he loved. When the opportunity to discover the truth about what really happened that fateful night six years ago presents itself, he seizes it. . . and lets darkness take hold.This short tale of a broken man is full of action, raw emotion, and enough mystery to keep you guessing until the dramatic climax. It is now included in the collection, Hoffman's Creeper and Other Disturbing Tales....
|Title||:||Let Darkness Take Hold|
|Number of Pages||:||32 Pages|
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Let Darkness Take Hold Reviews
I really enjoyed this dark tale about a father’s obsession with the possibility that a neighbor has killed his son. I was totally absorbed through the whole story wanting to find out what happened next and when the last page was finally read, and the MC’s plans came together, I was cheering him on. This author had the ability to get me completely invested in his MC and what his motivations were. I’ll be looking for other stories by this author.
Ah revenge. I like books about revenge. This book centres around the plot of long awaited revenge by a grieving father. There are those in society who are privileged. Who feel that due to their wealth, they are untouchable no matter what they do. I loved the way the Trost portrayed this in a few areas of the book. It was hard not to immediately warm to the MC particularly once the background story was revealed.In parts, I did want a little bit more suspense and detail. I would have liked to understand more about Brent and feel a connection to him, so when the final revenge does come; I would have felt that torn emotion. I couldn't work out if Brent was like a typical self-righteous self absorbed prat, or if he was actually a good person tainted by the pressures and expectations from his own father.All in all it was a good book and a lot was packed into this short novel the party scene at the end was interesting and done very well, keeping the reader guessing. The final act was cleverly thought out. I look forward to reading more work from Cameron Trost.
This short is a dark tale from the perspective of a wronged man with an opportunity to obtain the answer to a six year old question that has been a pervasive influence in his life.Michael is a gardener who has the ability to investigate a property he has been interested in for a long time when he is hired to redo the yard for new owner. This is a boon for his professional career and his personal one. While constructing the new garden he comes upon some information he has been searching for. A fortunate piece of mail assists him in determining his course. And this is his tale.The story is not a bad one. The premise is common type (that is not bad) and the writer can construct sentences to provide a story. But, there is nothing that builds tension, nothing that is mysterious (one knows almost immediately what Michael wants and what he is going to do) - again, it is NOT bad. But, nothing really gripping or different (even a little bit related to devices) that makes this a must read. There are three pretty substantial contrived conveniences which took away potential tension devices. As this is a loner's tale (there are no significant other integral characters) until near the end - it was fully a tell book. Sometimes it is hard to convey conflict (emotional or otherwise) and mystery and tension when only one main player for largest portion of book. The large number of characters utilized (at one specific event for climax of tale) was over done in attempt (this reader felt) to toss in the mystery of possible suspects that was really just stuff to inflate word count. The talking "in character" to try to keep one guessing was a little too late (to me) as the specific character was of no import - just the act. The gratuitous toss in of a final bad act to make the "deserving" even more so was another point overdone.Christine
Lately, I've been reading works by a number of Australian writers. I have no idea how this happened, but I'm glad it did.Let Darkness Take Hold is another example of what I'm finding far from home. A suspense novella about a father's obsession with finding the truth about the disappearance of his sixteen year old son. He's long had his suspicions, but lacks the proof to act on them.By the time fortune smiles on him and he learns what happened, his son has been gone six years and his obsession has cost him his marriage. Now it's time to exact his revenge which comes at a costume party he wasn't invited to.The costume party is the heart of the story and Cameron has a lot of fun with it and deftly plays with the readers emotions to the point where I wanted revenge as much as the father.A bit contrived, but still an enjoyable read and currently available for free at Amazon.com. Check it out for yourself.
Cameron Trost's Let the Darkness Take Hold is a well-told revenge tale about a desperate man looking for closure - the truth of a past tragedy.Michael, a landscape gardner gets the opportunity of a lifetime when the new owner of old Sinclair house asks him to redevelop the garden. Michael has always suspected the Sinclair house harboured a secret about his son's death and he jumps at the chance to dig around.Without giving too much away the tale follows the typical forumla of the revenge tale, but Trost adopts a number of horror tropes to deliver a pleasing climax when Michael gets to exact his revenge in style at a costume party.Hopefully we'll see some more writing from Trost soon.
Revenge tales in horror fiction never really lose their appeal, and this is a clever little ditty told through the lens of a gardener who finally lands the job he's been waiting years for. Trosts syntax is simple and elegant - as his ability to keep a reader hooked until the final pay-off. There's a twist of ironic humour in the climax as literary figures spring to life amid the revelry of the rich and influential. Recommended for people who enjoyed tales like King's 'Dolan's Cadillac'. Looking forward to what the author has in store for us with his new novel 'LETTERBOX'.
Good debut, and will definitely read more. Decent quick read. Plot well thought through, however felt like the writing was rushed in parts. Look forward to seeing how Mr. Trosts style evolves in later work.