Born of the Night

Volume 1

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
241 Pages
Reviewed on 02/13/2017
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Author Biography

Matt Wanicur was born in Philadelphia, PA on October 31, 1978 to his awe-inspiring parents Eileen and Jules. He started writing short stories at the age of eight. His first short story was an award winner titled "A Dog's Kiss". After that he spent years reading and honing his writing technique.

He has hundreds of favorite novels, and to name some of the most influential is difficult, but here it goes..."The Stars My Destination" by Alfred Bester, "Childhood's End" by Arthur C. Clarke, "At the Mountains of Madness" by H.P Lovecraft, "The Silence of the Lambs" by Thomas Harris, and "Demon Seed" by Dean Koontz.

After two years at Penn State University, he left to sharpen his skills at the New York Film Academy. There he learned the craft of screenwriting and directing.

Matt highly enjoys writing. He enjoys creating characters (mostly tortured ones) with problems that seem never-ending and insurmountable. Then getting lost in those worlds as he navigates them through all of the obstacles he sets in front of them.

He also enjoys his fur children he shares with his best friend Crystal. Midnight, Walter, Molly, Kiki, Boo, Oliver, and Elwin, just to name a few. They enjoy taking Walter and for Molly walks around the lake. He also enjoys jogging, often using that time to create new stories or work out where the current one is going in his head.

He is the author of the Born of the Night & Blood Harbor Book Series.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

Born of the Night is Volume 1 of a murder mystery series by Matt Wanicur. Ethan Lewis is well-loved by his parents and everyone expects him to have a great and promising future. Tragedy turns his life around and sends him off in a direction he never expected. Twenty-two years on, Ethan is a fraction of the man everyone thought he was going to be. His home is a shabby apartment building and he does little to live his dreary sad life. Suddenly, the neighborhood is shaken by a series of savage, senseless murders but, for Ethan, it seems like something is familiar. Ethan has no choice. To find out the truth, he has to go back to the past and face his deepest and darkest fears, to try to save something of the man he should have been.

Born of the Night (Volume 1) by Matt Wanicur is a gripping read. It is a complex story that twists and turns and is full of surprises, one after the other. The plot is incredible, clearly very well thought out, and it throws up lots of questions as you move through the story. The fact that it is written in present tense makes it even more disturbing and brings a sense of reality to it. I loved the character development; it was as complex as the plot yet it brought the characters firmly to life and made them easier to identify with, especially the main protagonist. The ending was a real surprise, a cliffhanger than makes me want to read the next one now. I'm dearly looking forward to it.

Justin Burgess

A taut sublime mystery thriller with complex and cerebral characters. Twists and turns that jump off the page and offer a feast of visuals that entice the reader with every turn of the page. Born of the night is an adult novel that engages the readers intelligence in a more than satisfying way.


I found this book to be written in a similar way to James Patterson...not sure how I was going to like it at first since I am not a fan of JP but after a few chapters I was sold!! Lots of plots and twist and surprises...I wanted to keep reading!! The book ends on a cliff hanger so I am looking forward to the next book to see what happens. Love that it takes place in the Philly area and hearing about places around where I live. I recommend this book if you are into mystery and suspense!!


Wow! Really did not know what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised. The Plot is amazing and I was trying to outguess Matt, the author, but NEVER DID. If you like Stephen King, you will love this book. Looking forward to the second because....I THINK I'M ADDICTED!!

Al W

A must read can't put it down page turner with gruesome twists and turns that will make you thirst for Ethan Lewis's next adventure. Deliciously haunting tale!

Francine Specos

Born of the Night is a GREAT HALLOWEEN READ: It starts out sad and it kepps me in suspense and terrified at the same time. This book is very complex & makes you think...

James Davidson

This was a complete surprise. Written in the present tense, it is a sublime, masterful and disturbing piece of work. I found it troubling at times, which at a time when there are an abundance of very average stories in this genre, I was gratified with twists and uncomfortable turns that result in a most worrying conclusion. Set in the city of Philadelphia, there is a 'film-noir' feel that doubles up as a homage to the city. There is a nod to many reputable authors of this genre, and there is an obvious echo of Stephen King within these pages. Matt is a fresh, exciting and talented author with an abundance to offer. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone with a passion for this genre.


Great read! Would absolutely recommend to anyone who is interested in mystery thrillers! Definitely check it out!


Great book; it was hard to stop reading. 200% would recommend.

Amazon Customer

It kept me on the edge of my seat! Great read!

Christy K. Cagle

Twists and turns are just what is needed to keep this book's reader on the edge of their seat! If you're intrigued by mystery/suspense/thriller type novels, I highly recommend it.

Amazon Customer

Twists and turns are just what is needed to keep this book's reader on the edge of their seat! If you're intrigued by mystery/suspense/thriller type novels, I highly recommend it.

Amazon Customer

Awesome thriller and page turner from the beginning. I couldn't wait to read it every night. I look forward to book two.

Amazon Customer

Born of the night is amazing. I couldn't put the book down. Loved it.

Joanne S.

This was a great read!! I read it all in one night, couldnt put it down. Even if you normally just read romance, I highly recommended to all.

Amazon Customer

Awesome book! If you like scary books, this one will scare the s##t outta you! Highly recommend.

Amazon Customer

This book is amazing, riveting!!


Wow. What a great book by a young author! I was hooked from the first page. Exciting story lime makes it hard to put the book down. I see great things in the future for Matt Waincur! Must buy!


This was an amazing suspense thriller! kept trying to figure out the truth and meaning behind everything crazy going on...i was really shocked. i couldn't put my book down....stayed up for hours. lots of coffee overload mornings at the front desk.