Waiting for the Night Song, a review by Cat

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Waiting for the Night Song
Julie Carrick Dalton

Published January 12th, 2021
By Forge Books
336 Pages

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Julie Carrick Dalton’s debut novel, Waiting for the Night Song, is not a novel to miss out on. It delightfully merges together thriller, contemporary fiction, and drama all in one. All while discussing some very real world issues, such as climate change.

Ever since she was a little girl, Cadie Kessler was obsessed with nature. Now, as an adult, she’s made a career out of her love for the woods. In fact, her research may just save both woods and people, if she can get anybody to listen to her.

Unfortunately, a horror from her past crops up at just about the worst time ever. When she should be working on making the scientific community listen to her, instead she is heading back home to deal with what has been freshly unearthed.

The story alternates between two points in time. The past – whatever Cadie is running from, and the present. Through this method, much is obfuscated, keeping the readers on their toes right up until the end.

The writing is lush and so wonderfully detailed. That is both good and bad, as both the delights and the horrors come to life through this writing style. It’s so easy to picture the forests that Cadie is battling for, or the small town she fell in love with.

I was not expecting to fall in love with this book as much as I did. It was intense, thrilling, raw, and so compelling. I love how many different themes and elements were woven into this single narrative, and seriously can’t wait to see what Julie Carrick Dalton comes out with next.

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