REVIEW BY: Christie
TITLE: Who Knows the Dark
SERIES: The Vigilante, Book 2
AUTHOR: Tere Michaels
NARRATOR: Jonathan Young
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 7h 37m
RELEASE DATE: May 20, 2016
Book two in The Vigilante series.
A wanted man after the destruction of the Iron Butterfly Casino, Nox Boyet must flee the island of Manhattan – the only home he’s ever known. Together with Cade, Sam, and the rest of their ragtag group, Nox must find a place to hide from the district police and the violent group of unknown drug dealers on his tail.
The solution – the Creel family farm in South Carolina.
But home isn’t quite sweet for Cade, the prodigal son. As Cade struggles with his own secrets, shadows of the past threaten not only Nox’s life but his relationship with his son, Sam.
Nox knows there will never be peace unless he finds the answers to all his questions – and the answers lie back on the island. Cade and the others must choose their paths – find safety or follow the Vigilante into the darkness of the city? The city where Nox will come face-to-face with the past.
Well, this book was definitely not what I expected. First things first, you absolutely cannot read this as a standalone; something I found out within 5 minutes of listening to Who Knows the Dark. So, after buying and listening to book 1 (Who Know’s the Storm), I resumed book 2. Unfortunately, I walked away from this audiobook quite a few times. It honestly took me several weeks to finish listening to the story.
In Book 2 of The Vigilante Series, we pick up where the first one left off: on the yacht that everyone escaped via. Sam is injured, quite sick, and needs attention as soon as possible. So, Cade decides it’s best to bring everyone to his family’s farm in South Carolina, which turns out to be a good and bad thing. Good because Cade gets to see his mom and brother, Sam gets some much needed mothering from Cade’s mom, and everyone can get false identities care of Cade’s brother. But, things are never rainbows and butterflies in this world created by Tere Michaels.
The group is attacked by a stowaway thief while on the yacht, Cade returns home to find out his dad was kicked out of the house for being a drunk, the farm is quickly going under, and the FBI shows up at the farm no less than twice. Oh, and also Derrick goes missing. Nox realizes that truths need to be revealed, and they do not sit well when said truths come out. In fact, a major blowout happens, and afterward Nox decides he needs to go back into the city to find out who is setting him up.
I also had a very hard time with the narration. Don’t get me wrong, I applaud narrators for doing what they do. However, there was hardly any distinction between voices (including female characters) which made it a bit difficult to follow, on top of the fact that it felt like William Shatner would have done a better job. The pacing was extremely slow, so I ended up having to speed it up to 1.60x.
To make matters worse? The story ended on a cliffhanger. *rolls eyes* Unfortunately, this device only succeeds to draw readers back when the book was good in the first place. To those of you who liked the story, I applaud and am happy for you. Honestly, I am. However, it was absolutely not my cup of tea.