William Morrow | August 2018 | 416 pgs
Source: Library

Have you heard of the term "dark sky park"? I haven't until I read this book. Basically it's a park that offers dazzling views of the Constellations and the Milky Way with minimal lightings so as to keep the area as natural as possible (for more information click here.) In this story, the author had chosen Headlands International Dark Sky Park in Mackinaw City, Michigan as the model for the fictional Straits Point International Dark Sky Park. 

Thirtyish Eden Wallace is a photographer who'd lost her husband, Bix, to a car accident. Before Bix's death, Eden is a person who doesn't have much drive or motivation when her ambition is concerned. This is partly due to Bix's job as an Army, which often requires him to travel and with her following around, it is hard to settle on something permanent. Now that Bix is gone, Eden finds no reason for any motivation and also plagued by night terrors there isn't a night she goes to sleep without the lights on. However one day, she finds paperwork in her husband's effects indicating that he reserved a week under the stars in a dark sky park meant for their tenth anniversary. Despite her paralysing phobia of the dark, Eden proceeds to the destination. 

What she thought was a private retreat in a guest suite at Straits Point International Dark Sky Park turns out to be a group stay as there was a mistake made by the reception. Eden isn't keen to be stuck with six twentysomethings for their college reunion, so she decides to stay for a night and head home the next day. However, one of the six was later found murdered and Eden's hope of going home is dashed. While they are forced to remain at the guest house for the investigation, Eden discovered that the group's friendship isn't what she has thought initially as they each seem to harbour some secrets of their own. Now everyone becomes a suspect, including Eden herself. But what most bothered Eden is aside from the tricky situation she's in, she also discovered some secrets surrounding Bix before his death.  

Under a Dark Sky was a brilliant locked-room mystery which had my attention from the beginning till the end, especially given the setting and not to mention a cast of intriguing characters. Eden was an interesting character, to say the least, and she carried lots of emotional baggage since the death of her husband and the things she's gone through thereafter. The rest of the characters are a mysterious lot, and while I was curious to know the murderer and his/her motive, I've to say this book was actually very much about Eden as there's also a storyline about herself and her late husband that are woven into the murder mystery's core. A gripping read and I'd recommend this book to readers who love a good mystery (or two). 

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8 Responses
  1. jenclair Says:

    Yes! I've read about several towns that have become go-to places for astronomers and tourists who want to see the heavens without light pollution.
    I'm delighted that the mystery was one you can recommend, and I'll check it out.

  2. Lark Says:

    I've heard very good things about this book! :)

  3. Melody Says:

    Jenclair - The dark sky park sounds like an interesting place to explore. I hope I'll have the chance to visit one in future.

  4. Melody Says:

    Lark - I hope you'll read it and that I'll be curious of your thoughts. :)

  5. Verushka Says:

    Definitely one to check out -- Eden seems like a complex character.

  6. Melody Says:

    Verushka - Eden is definitely one complex character, and an intriguing one too.

  7. Iliana Says:

    This sounds really good. I hand't heard of dark sky park but I love the idea.

  8. Melody Says:

    Iliana - The settings was a great plus to this intriguing story. :)

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