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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.