|Plot Summary of The Hour Before Dark|
|"When they were children, they played the Dark Game. It was a mental exercise that their Father, Gordie Raglan had taught them. A way of going outside of yourself in a sense and something that he had found very useful while being a POW. The rule is that you cannot play the Dark Game when it is night or the game will become real. The best time to play is the hour before dark. After playing the game in the smokehouse, the three children experienced a week of lost time that could not be accounted for.
Many years have passed and Gordie Raglan goes into the smokehouse. His daughter Brooke finds his lifeless body to be hacked and dismembered. Now, Nemo Raglan and his brother Bruno must come back home to comfort Brooke and find their Father's murderer. Brooke becomes extremely paranoid and sees an apparition of a hideous woman. Bruno obsessively begins picking apart the mansion and discovers various secrets about his Mother and Father. Nemo begins to recall abuse in the smokehouse by the hand of his Father and other things that he had blocked out. To find out the ultimate truth about Gordie and their estranged Mother, the three have to play the Dark Game once more.......but this time it may be "game over" for all of them."
Alicia, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Hour Before Dark|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 30%
Tone of story
- scarey (primal ax-wielding fear)
Time/era of story:
- present (2000-2010)
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- Why do they stay in the haunted house/boat?
How much violence does he/she use?
- just the right amount
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- natural phenomena
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a moderate amount
Monster of some sort?
Kind of monster:
- general monster
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
- fancy mansion
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
How many deaths?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- descript of kissing
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- mostly dialog
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