One Dark Night by Tom Bale

One Dark Night by Tom Bale

EXCERPT: Waking in a rush, she sat up, heart already thrumming, registering sound and movement and danger. The lounge was in darkness but there was a little illumination from the hall. Enough to make out the moist gleam from the eyes of the man who held a blade to her throat, while someone else pressed a thick cloth over her mouth and nose.

Suffocating, she writhed in panic and tried to cry out, but could already feel her strength ebbing away. As they pinned her to the floor, it felt as though she was melting into a useless liquid.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: He sees his wife’s eyes watching him in the rear-view mirror, the kids up on their knees to get a better look. That’s when he hears the scream…

You’re driving home from a family outing one afternoon, when a speeding car cuts you up, nearly causing you to crash. Like anyone would, you pull over to confront the driver.

But a glance into the backseat of the speeding car reveals a woman fighting to escape. She is terrified and she’s screaming for your help: these men have murdered her husband…

What would you do?

MY THOUGHTS: I struggled to connect with this book. It took me somewhere around half the book to get interested, and that was only briefly. I put it down last night with less than 2% still to read, and debated picking something else up to read this morning. It was a book that if I thought ‘I will just read one chapter and then I will go and . . .’, I would only read one chapter. Not my normal operating style at all.

I wanted to like this book. I loved the last book I read by this author, See How They Run. It earned 4.5 breathless stars from me. One Dark Night is not in the same class – nowhere near it.

There was no depth to the characters, or the plot, which I felt was contrived. I didn’t find it thrilling, or mysterious. My heart didn’t pound. My blood didn’t race. Had I been given this book to read minus the author’s name, I never would have guessed who had written it. In fact, I probably would have said that it was a debut novel by a previously unpublished author that still needed a lot of work. So, not a read that I would recommend. 😕😕

Would I read another book by this author? Definitely. I know how well he can write.

I understand that reading is an entirely subjective experience and that, while this book wasn’t one I enjoyed, you may well love it, as many others have. So if the excerpt piques your interest and you like the sound of the plot synopsis, please get a copy and read it.

THE AUTHOR: Tom Bale has had a variety of jobs including retail assistant, claims negotiator and project manager, but none was as exhausting as the several years he spent as a househusband with two pre-school children. Tom has been writing since the age of seven, and completed his first novel at fifteen. After twenty years and hundreds of rejection slips he landed an agent and a book deal with Random House, and he now writes full-time.

He lives in Brighton with his family and swims in the sea as often as the weather permits. He also enjoys walking, cycling and reading, and he probably spends far too much time on the internet.

DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of One Dark Night by Tom Bale for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

Please refer to my profile page or the about page on for an explanation of my rating system. This review and others are also published on my page


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