Midnight Rain by James Newman

Midnight Rain - James Newman

 

This was a coming of age tale that was compared to Boy's Life on the cover. That's a bold statement.

A young boy, Kyle, witnesses a murder. ( Very Boy's Life-ish so far.)

" Do you remember the exact moment when your childhood ended? I do." 

So begins the mystery and the rain. This is a fine tale of growing up the hard way. Kyle is discovering that all is not what it seems to be. Not the sheriff, not his mother, and not even his older brother, Dan. He's trying to do the right thing, but that isn't always easy.

I was expecting a horror novel, but that's not what this is. It is a coming of age novel, but what's different about it is that Kyle has no friends. I can't think of any COA novel where the protagonist didn't have any friends. I found that a bit strange. 

Even though this wasn't really a horror novel, I enjoyed it quite a bit. The pacing was steady, the story compelling, and the characters believable. I enjoyed this novel and would recommend it to fans of coming of age tales.