Title: Dawn Over Dayfield
Author: Karenna Colcroft
Publisher: DSP Publications
Length: 200 Pages
At a Glance: Dawn Over Dayfield is well written, with suspense and tension filled moments, and there were quite a few characters that made the story creepy.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: After the death of his adoptive mother, Andy Forrest decides to track down his biological family. The search leads him to the struggling central Massachusetts town of Dayfield—and local historian Weston Thibeault, the town’s only other openly gay man. With the help of Weston, Andy uncovers secrets about his birth father, the youngest son of the Chaffees, the family that once owned Dayfield’s largest employer, a furniture factory that closed thirty years earlier.
As Andy and Weston work together, they find a connection to a scandal that rocked the Chaffee family over 125 years ago. But small towns like to bury their secrets, and many of the older residents of Dayfield will do anything to stop Andy and Weston from discovering the truth about the town and its inhabitants.
Review: I had passed this book up several times—I don’t know if it was the title or what—but then I decided to take a chance, and Karenna Colcroft has got me hooked. Dawn Over Dayfield is in the Mystery/Suspense category, but it’s also dark and disturbing. The plot has so many twists and turns, it just kept me riveted.
Right away, as Andy Forrest drives into Dayfield, he already has a bad feeling about things. All he wants to do is find one simple answer about his biological parents’ health issues, just to ease his adopted father’s mind. He has no interest in meeting his birth parents, though, because he was given up thirty years ago and is comfortable with who he is.
He meets Weston Thibeault, who works at the library as the historian, and they start to uncover some horrific facts about the Chaffee and Thibeault family connection, which stems back to the 1800s. The more secrets that are uncovered, the more Weston and Andy find themselves in danger.
Weston’s character was the one that I really felt bad for. He put his life and education on hold to stay and help his mother take care of his ailing father. I think the secrets and lies that his father harbored were part of his illness, and they eventually destroyed what family relationship existed.
Andy and Weston’s relationship is not exactly a HEA. Both have to struggle with what happened in Dayfield, but they both are willing to try and work out things with the support and love of each other.
Dawn Over Dayfield is a good story about a small town and the people who were destroying themselves because of fear, desperation, bigotry and secrets. It is well written, with suspense and tension filled moments, and there were quite a few characters that made the story creepy. The only thing I found that got a little repetitive were the clues, but it still was a page turner for me.
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