The Darkest Time of Night: A Novel (Hardcover)
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Investigative journalist for WSMV-TV in Nashville, Jeremy Finley's debut thriller explores what happens to people’s lives when our world intersects with the unexplainable.
"The lights took him."
When the seven-year-old grandson of U.S. Senator vanishes in the woods behind his home, the only witness is his older brother who whispers, “The lights took him,” and then never speaks again.
As the FBI and National Guard launch a massive search, the boys' grandmother Lynn Roseworth fears only she knows the truth. But coming forward would ruin her family and her husband’s political career.
In the late 1960s, before she became the quiet wife of a politician, Lynn was a secretary in the astronomy department at the University of Illinois. It was there where she began taking mysterious messages for one of the professors; messages from people desperate to find their missing loved ones who vanished into beams of light.
Determined to find her beloved grandson and expose the truth, she must return to the work she once abandoned to unravel the existence of a place long forgotten by the world. It is there, buried deep beneath the bitter snow and the absent memories of its inhabitants, where her grandson may finally be found.
But there are forces that wish to silence her. And Lynn will find how far they will go to stop her, and how the truth about her own forgotten childhood could reveal the greatest mystery of all time.
Jeremy Finley’s debut The Darkest Time of Night was hailed by People magazine and the NY Post as one of the best books of the summer of 2018, was named to the Lariat list as one of the top 25 outstanding books of the year, and described by NPR as "a hugely satisfying, while still mystifying, suspense novel."
June 2018 SIBA Okra Selection
About the Author
JEREMY FINLEY is the chief investigative reporter for WSMV-TV, the NBC-affiliated station in Nashville. Jeremy Finley’s investigative reporting has resulted in some of the highest honors in journalism, including more than a dozen Emmys, Edward R. Murrow awards and a national certificate from Investigative Reporters and Editors. He lives with his wife and daughters in Nashville, TN. The Darkest Time of Night is his first novel.
"Outstanding debut... Finley’s complex portrayal of his heroic lead will carry readers through plot developments that would come across as unconvincing in the hands of a lesser writer. X-Files fans will be enthralled." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Darkest Time of Night will keep you turning pages...If this sounds like a cross between The X-Files, The OA, Stranger Things, and Mr. Robot, that's because it is...[A] hugely satisfying, while still mystifying, suspense novel.” —NPR
“X-Files fans will eat up this TV reporter's debut, about a senator's wife searching for her grandson – and suspecting an alien abduction. "The lights took him," the boy's brother says, leading Lynn Roseworth to try tracking down her ex-boss, a UFO maven, for the truth. This book: It's out there.” —People magazine
"The Darkest Time of Night is a gripping and graceful thriller that conjures moody atmosphere and haunting circumstances into a rich read. Perfect for fans of the X-Files, Whitley Strieber, and Stranger Things, author Jeremy Finley delivers the goods in this compelling novel that will have you turning pages -- and turning up the lights." —Michael Koryta, New York Times Bestselling Author of Rise the Dark and So Cold The River
"Strange disappearances, mysterious lights, flocking ladybugs, a single gravestone in the woods – Jeremy Finley weaves it all together into a delightful mystery with a sci-fi twist that makes the unbelievable seem totally plausible. Fasten your seatbelt, lock your doors, and don’t go into the woods!" —Jennifer McMahon, New York Times bestselling author
"A long-overdue Close Encounters for the modern age, The Darkest Time of Night is a top notch, scary and all-too-real debut with Hollywood written all over it. Thrilling speculative fiction at its finest. Finley is a talented new name to watch.” —J.T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author of Lie to Me
"I can say without reservation that The Darkest Time of Night is an absolute must for anyone who has enjoyed The X-Files. Even if you are not an X-Files devotee (and I am not), you will find yourself engrossed until the last page. The Darkest Time of Night combines science fiction and mystery with family drama and wins on all fronts. A compelling read." —F. Paul Wilson, New York Times bestselling author
"The X-Files meets The Good Wife. With a twisty surprise on every page, this seamlessly written and captivating thriller is edgy, unique and incredibly thought-provoking. Jeremy Finley is a star." —Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark Award winning author
"From the first page, I was hooked on Jeremy Finley’s action-packed thriller. Tension crackles, mysteries abound, and conspiracies escalate in this crisply-written and imaginative novel. As the indomitable heroines (think Thelma and Louise) race against time and UFOs to find a missing child, Finley’s unerring sense of pacing and suspense will make you read far into the darkest time of night." —Ann Weisgarber, author of The Personal History of Rachel DuPree and The Promise
"The Darkest Time of Night is a truly remarkably written story. It is fast-paced and suspenseful … a thriller that is a combination of science fiction and government cover-up. Once you start, you can’t put this one down. A little bit scary, a whole lot heartrending; a complex plot, and many brave people make this a book that will make you question what might or might not actually exist.” —Nancy McFarlane, Fiction Addiction bookstore (South Carolina)