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In a Dark Time by Larry Watson

In a Dark Time
by Larry Watson

Copyright: 1980
Pages: 243
Rating: 3/5
Read: June 15-19, 2009
Challenge:  2009 100+ Reading Challenge; RYOB 2009
Yearly Count: 30

First Line: The third body was found this morning.

Wanekia, Minnesota is being plagued by a murderer loose in town. Young girls are being found strangled at the high school. The third one has recently been discovered. In a small town like Wanekia, everyone is a little on edge knowing that someone is out there hunting down teenage girls. For English teacher Peter Leesh, he puts pen to paper after the third girl is found dead. He decides to keep a journal of all the activities in and around Wanekia until the murderer is finally stopped once and for all.

Okay, so I wanted to love this book so badly. I read White Crosses last year and absolutely LOVED it! This one however, I was slightly disappointed in. It started out really well, but when I got to the middle of it it started to drag. To be brutally honest, I could have skipped the entire middle section of this book. The ending was rather predictable as well – everything was neatly solved with no loose ends. Peter even went so far as to explain where all of his co-workers ended up at the end of the year – really, did we need that?! So yeah, I just wasn’t real impressed overall.