A compelling crime drama and poignant love story about a devoted man who must confront the painful legacy of his war torn childhood when he is wrongfully accused of murder. Michael Kieh’s struggle to prove his innocence leads him on a charged journey that pitches the pursuit of justice and the search for love against the instinct for revenge.
Michael is the chief suspect in a murder at one of the world’s busiest airports where he is a full-time faith representative. A series of brief encounters with a soul mate has eased his loneliness and together they come close to uncovering a past major crime, but ultimately he chooses to protect a young witness who could prove his innocence.
When he was a child, Michael witnessed appalling abuses of power, including the killing of a missionary priest who refused to betray young Michael. But there was a first love that he left behind in the brutal confusion of war. When she and Michael cross paths once more, they battle to prove his innocence in a foreign, hostile country. Can they solve the mystery before it’s too late?
When Michael Kieh was a child, he suffered the loss of his family at the hands of his uncle. Alone and abandoned he was taken in by a Catholic organization for children where he is raised and goes on to become a priest. Later, at 33 years of age, Father Michael listens to passing passenger’s confessions in an airport in London, offering consolation and forgiveness to those who seek it. But things aren’t so simple for Father Michael, as he is the main suspect in a murder.
While trying to prove his innocence with the help of a past soul mate at his side, he chooses to protect a young witness to the crime, who could very easily prove his innocence. Together he and his soul mate, work in a hostile foreign country to fight and prove that Father Michael is completely innocent.
A Burning in the Darkness is an action packed compelling thriller. There is a lot going on in this tightly woven storyline. I was on the edge of my seat through the entire book. It is well written and engaging. It is one of the best books in the thriller genre that I have read in a long while.
The character, Father Michael is a sympathetic, interesting and likable character that everyone loves. He is charismatic and appealing to many. A P McGrath has done a wonderful job in the character development in this exciting novel. There are some likable characters and some detestable ones, but they are fully developed and with many facets. But the main character Father Michael is especially well developed as he evolves from his days in Libya. A P McGrath gave real life to the personalities and complexities of his characters.
The storyline flows at a steady pace with lots of action and intrigue. It goes back and forth from the past to the present and from London to Libya. It was easy to follow along because it is written so well. I had no struggles in keeping up. There are a lot of loose ends that are all tied up neatly and satisfyingly in the end.
A Burning in The Darkness by A P McGrath is a 5 star must read thriller that readers won’t be able to put down.
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