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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
Brian Bradshaw, Josh Joplin, and Thomas Templeton –- a somewhat eclectic group of friends -- are camping at the Blackstone Cabin. One rainy night, Brian, who is sleeping on the sofa downstairs, is rudely disturbed by furious knocks on the door. A mysterious stranger frantically asks to be let into the cabin. Should he comply? A few days before, a stranger in a black suit kept appearing wherever Brian’s family was. Could he be the person who is knocking on the cabin’s door? A Voice in the Night is a suspense thriller by Ernestine Dail.
I really love how Chapter One starts off. “Dark, rainy and ominous was the night”; this sentence is the opening epitome for this short but gripping suspense thriller. The prose is a mixture of literary, classic tone, and simplicity. Ernestine Dail clearly knows how to adequately change the tone of the writing as the story progresses. Flashbacks are clearly written which I appreciate very much –- sometimes writers lose control of this aspect and readers can be confused with the timeline of a story. A Voice in the Night also has a clear plot and the ending is tightly written with no flaw.
On the other hand, I wish the moral messages in the story could be a little more subtle. There are times when I feel A Voice in the Night dangerously edging towards cliches. Even so, this is only a small imperfection. Overall, a short and solid read.