Never Wave Goodbye, Doug Magee’s first novel, was highly praised. Magee was even compared to the likes of Harlan Coben and Linwood Barclay. With his new book, Darkness All Around, being published in paperback format, Magee proves that he’s not a flash-in-the-pan thriller writer and that he needs to be taken seriously.
The story centers on Sean Collins, a man mostly known as a drunk who showed signs of violence, has disappeared from the small town of Braden (Pennsylvania) leaving behind his wife Risa and young son Kevin. A few days later, the dead body of Carol Sleazak, a good friend of theirs, had been found in the woods, brutally murdered with a machete. A man named G.G. Trask was arrested and, after he confessed, was convicted for the murder and sent to prison.
Ten years after his disappearance, Sean has now been declared legally dead and Risa is married to Alan Benson, a politician in the middle of a campaign in which he’s running for Congress. When all of a sudden Sean shows up in Braden, claiming that he’s the one who has killed Carol and wants to be arrested for it, no one is interested in believing his story. He is even forcefully kicked out of town by hired thugs.