Book Review: The Weight of Night



weight of nightAbout the book: On most days, the wilderness gave me peace. But not tonight.

In a land sculpted by glaciers, the forest is on fire. Thick smoke chokes the mountain air and casts an apocalyptic glow over the imposing peaks and vistas of Montana’s Glacier National Park. When firefighters are called in to dig firebreaks near the small town bordering the park, a crew member is shocked to unearth a shallow grave containing human remains.

Park Police Officer Monty Harris is summoned to the site to conduct an excavation. But with an incendiary monster threatening to consume the town, Monty seeks help from Gretchen Larson, the county’s lead crime scene investigator.

While the two work frantically to determine the true identity of the victim, a teenager suddenly disappears from one of the campgrounds in Glacier. Could the cases somehow be connected? As chances for recovery of the missing boy grow slimmer and the FBI finds only dead ends, Gretchen and Monty desperately race to fit all the pieces together while battling time, the elements, and their own unresolved inner conflicts.

My Review:

The Weight of Night is just as the title says, a novel of suspense! In the midst of crazy wildfires in Montana’s Glacier National Park, a new firefighter discovers human skeletal remains. Monty, who is a Park Police Officer, calls in reinforcements from Gretchen, a top crime scene investigator as they race to collect the remains and surrounding crime scene evidence. In the meantime, a young boy vacationing in the area with his family goes missing. Suddenly, Monty and Gretchen are searching previous missing person and abduction cases trying to find a connection to the missing boy, while waiting for word about the remains that have been unearthed.  All the while, they are each fighting their own demons and guilt from the past. 

I’m torn on my opinion of the two main characters, Monty and Gretchen. On one hand, they were well-developed and the author revealed a great deal about their lives and especially about their pasts. But on the other hand, after finishing this novel I still felt as if I really didn’t know who they were. This was so action-packed and fast-paced that many of the characters only caught a few hours of sleep here and there, and were otherwise consumed with the fire, the missing boy, and the previous abduction cases. It was all woven in with flashbacks about tragedies from their pasts, but I still felt a little disconnected from them. 

As far as the plot and subplots of the story, it was literally non-stop action trying to figure out “whodunnit.” The author slowly but wonderfully introduced additional conflicts and variables and I was truly shocked when I discovered the criminal behind the abductions. And I LOVE being completely surprised in this way 🙂 Throughout the novel, it was as if every time they thought they found a clue to help solve the case, it led to so many different people and events that it just became more challenging to solve. 

For readers that enjoy straight-up suspense and crime fiction, then this is absolutely the novel for you. There is no romance mixed in with the story, but instead, just a roller coaster ride of mystery and the demons that haunt us in our lives. There were a few times during flashbacks that I found myself skimming, but otherwise, this was a fantastic read. Note that I have not read the first two novels in this series, but I don’t think that it impacted the enjoyment of reading.

*Thanks to NetGalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

Pre-order The Weight of Night on Amazon. 

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