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Home Before Night

Home Before Night

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Lou has raised her son to be honest and has never before had to suspect him of harbouring secrets and lies. I thought I was only halfway through the main book, but it was actually near the end and I just thought ‘is that it? You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. It’s very much in his style though… some slightly devious storytelling that has us making certain assumptions only to find out later that we were duped.

Opening with an outstandstanding prologue, this twist-filled, fast-paced mystery moves at a breathless speed. I guess as it’s a short story there’s not a lot of character expansion and it’s quite quick to get to the end with a decent ending.Her ex-husband is dismissive when she phones him, accusing her of being overbearing, among other things, but Lou is certain there is something wrong. I definitely thought the story was going one way and it went in a totally different direction which caught me by surprise. Everyone and everything is suspicious, as Pomare’s lead character embarks on her turbulent journey to find her missing son Samuel. I enjoyed the reading experience but I think I would have loved it even more if I had listened on the originally intended Audible format. When Lou discovers Samuel isn’t with his girlfriend, more alarm bells begin to ring, and Lou can’t help but think it has something to do with events from her past with Samuel’s father Marko.

The characters are miserable, trying to get through the minutia of the first 8-12chapters was very, very difficult for me. Nineteen year old Samuel lives with his mum, Lou, who waited patiently for Samuel to come home before the 8pm curfew but Samuel is a no show. I couldn’t relate to any of this, I’m not a parent, nor do I ever want to be and the main character in the story was a very miserable woman, probably drug addicted, smothering mess of a mother.I reckon a lot of people will pass this one over due to the lockdown emphasis and they are gonna miss out on a short and fast listen. With plenty of doubt cast on the characters combined with a number of possibilities raised for Samuel’s disappearance, the pressure builds to a crescendo in Home Before Night. Samuel is growing up in a broken household, with dad Marko remarried and mum Lou bringing Samuel up on her own. Lou has to ponder whether Samuel is in danger, or whether he is just being a typical 19 year old boy trying to build his own independence at a time when the world has changed unexpectedly around them.

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