Deep Night

Written by Ambrose Ibsen ⎮ Narrated by Kyle Tait

Author: Ambrose Ibsen
Narrator: Kyle Tait
Series: Detective Harlan Ulrich, Book 1
Length: 6 hours and 12 minutes
Publisher: Ambrose Ibsen
Released: June 27, 2019
Genre: Paranormal; Thriller

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Pawn shop owner Nancy Pruitt is being stalked. Every night since bringing a mysterious painting into her home, she's been awakened by a rapping at her bedroom window. What's more, the nightly visitor seems to bear quite the resemblance to a figure in her new painting....

Enter Harlan Ulrich: Coffee-fueled eccentric and private detective.

Running from a ghost-filled past, Ulrich settles down in Tanglewood, Ohio, hoping to turn a new leaf and put the supernatural behind him.

But upon getting involved with Nancy's case, the detective realizes he may have just gotten wrapped up in precisely the kind of investigation he's been trying to avoid.

DEEP NIGHT is a novel of supernatural suspense, the first in the Detective Harlan Ulrich series.

This audiobook was provided by its author, Kyle Tait, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thanks, Kyle!

Becky's Review

3 Stars

Deep Night is an introduction to the world of Detective Harlan Ulrich, and I’ll admit that I wasn’t quite sure about this character in the beginning. Ulrich is gruff and sarcastic, which isn’t necessarily a deal-breaker for me, but this guy just wasn’t likable. He was rude and condescending until he actually needed to act like a better person. The good news is that Ulrich is redeemable, and those redeeming qualities do come out as the story progresses. By the end of the book, I didn’t love Harlan Ulrich, but I did like him more often than not. He’s certainly flawed, and he’s seen his share of things he’d like to forget, which adds layers to his gruff first impression.

Ambrose Ibsen creates a creepy atmosphere with the appearances of the ghost, especially in the early chapters of the book. That said, Deep Night becomes less creepy ghost story and more mystery with a supernatural element as things move along, and for me, it was a bit too predictable. It did hold my interest, but I guessed the outcome pretty early on in the investigation. At that point, I was really liking the story, and I kept listening, hoping to be wrong, hoping for something more than the run of the mill reveal I saw coming. There is an additional twist at the end that was intriguing but not exactly jaw-dropping. The ending, after the case is solved, moved along a little longer than I felt was necessary and left me somewhat confused about why it took so much to tie it all up.

Narration Review

Our narrator, Kyle Tait, captures the tone of Deep Night perfectly. Some of my favorite parts were when the ghost first appears. Even before she’s described, that tapping and the characters’ reaction to it raised the hairs on my arm. Tait gives a distinctive voice to each of the characters, including the ghost, even without her saying a word. Tait does a really good job with the excitement and rising tension as things start to come together in the investigation, and it was easy to become invested in the story with his performance.

In the end, Deep Night didn’t exactly keep me guessing, but it did hold my interest. In Harlan Ulrich, Ambrose Ibsen has created a character that I may not always like, I may even want to give him a good punch in the mouth from time to time, but he’s still a character I want to know more about.

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