A Dark, Mysterious Tale for Fall- Dark Angel by Sally Beauman

18467338¬†Where to start– this is definitely one of the books I’ve enjoyed most this year. A truly epic novel, Dark Angel weaves together the story of a tragedy that happened one faithful evening that will touch the lives of all of those present. Told from varying perspectives (all of which are beautifully distinct and unique), the novel takes the reader back to 1910, where a wealthy family and their friends and joined to celebrate the historic passing of a comet. What happens next will reverberate for decades as the characters’ lives intersect with one another, and is recounted to the reader via a nice combination of journal entries, recollection and third person narrative. (I am so over first person lately.)

Unlike other novels from the same genre, Dark Angel’s plot is zippy and never lulls, is very nicely paced and, in my mind, the perfect length. Clocking in at over 700 pages, it may seem daunting at first, but the hours flew by. The twists and turns were very believable, and never did I pause to question the direction the book went. The one thing I would note, is that like the title might suggest, some sections are dark, and can be a little much for the faint of heart.

Constance. Oh, Constance. She has to be one of the most wicked, brilliant, tortured characters I have ever met. Devious, manipulative, yet desperate to be loved, she is one of the most memorable characters I have encountered in a long time.

If you love getting lost in saga type novels (think more an edgier, modern Forsyte Saga, less a Dynasty/Dallas type scene), then this one is most definitely for you. While the novel focuses on the lasting effect that one night can have, I appreciated that there was less melodrama and more mystery in the plot. Just make sure you’re sitting somewhere comfy when you start, because it’s going to be a while before you get up again.

Available from Amazon.com– seriously, the Kindle price makes this book a steal! You have no excuse not to pick it up immediately.

xo The Book Bird

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher via NetGalley.