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Reviewed by Steve Leshin for Readers' Favorite
The Burden of Darkness (A Marcie Kane and Nathan Harris Thriller) by Barry Finlay is the latest in the Marcie Kane and Nathan Harris series and it does not disappoint. As the story begins, Nathan is a shell of his former self, sleeping all day and letting his body go. A veteran of the FBI, he is unable to deal effectively with post-traumatic stress disorder after saving the life of the president of the United States from an explosion in a Tampa, Florida hotel. His wife Marcie, who also had a role in saving the president, is worried Nathan may never recover from the traumatic experience. At the same time, a disgruntled man with a terminal brain tumor has only a short time to live. He decides to use the time left to seek revenge against certain people who have done him wrong over the years. And, he wants the world to know how he does it.
Barry Finlay does an admirable job with keen insight incorporating Nathan’s PTSD, how it affects him, and how his supportive wife Marcie is able to nudge him into seeking help. At the same time, the author takes us into the mind of Owen Strand, the terminally ill protagonist, and the unique way he seeks his revenge on the persons he perceives have done him wrong. As an author who also has used a main character with PTSD in my novels, it gives an added layer to a hero like Nathan who learns to deal with the nightmares and flashbacks that can easily be triggered by loud noises and anything resembling the traumatic event. The Burden of Darkness takes the reader inside the mind of the killer as he plans and schemes while he slowly grows weaker from his illness. The way Marcie and Nathan become involved while dealing with Nathan’s PTSD will keep the reader engaged right up to an exciting conclusion. A must-read.