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The Black Hour by Lori Rader-Day
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The Black Hour (edition 2014)

by Lori Rader-Day

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Title:The Black Hour
Authors:Lori Rader-Day
Info:Seventh Street Books (2014), Paperback, 331 pages
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A nice book.....good to the point of making me want to read some of her other books. Good characterizations; nice narrative descriptions of settings etc. All-around, a pretty good read! ( )
  JosephKing6602 | Dec 12, 2017 |
Shot some ten months ago, sociology professor Amelia Emmet is struggling to recover, both in body and in mind. She barely remembers the attack, she didn’t know the shooter, and she has no idea what caused the young man to attack her and then commit suicide.

When she returns to the university, Nathaniel “Nath” Barber becomes her teaching assistant. Unable to let go of the past, Amelia seeks answers about the attack. Will she be able to confront her issues in order to uncover the truth?

Although Amelia is not particularly likeable, she and the other characters are well-drawn as is the university setting. Readers may find themselves caught up in the twists and turns as the plot unfolds, leading to an unexpected surprise ending.

Recommended. ( )
  jfe16 | Oct 13, 2016 |
This tense suspense novel is a study of what happens when a professor who teaches about violence and its effect actually becomes a victim of a violent act. Dr. Amelia Emmet, shot by a student on the campus where she teaches, is back at work after nearly a year of recuperation. Still suffering from the aftereffects of the attack, she hobbles about with the help of a cane and pain-relieving pills. But almost worse than the actual act is not knowing why – why a student she never had in class, indeed, did not even know, shot her and then himself. Adding to this mystery is a TA who comes to assist Dr. Emmet, but unbeknownst to her, is really there to study her for his own purposes. Much of novel is a psychological progression of fact combined with theory that slowly but surely narrows the path down to a single suspect and reason behind the shooting. A riveting read with a well-plotted intricate storyline and well-developed characters, this thriller will keep you turning pages until its surprising conclusion. ( )
  Maydacat | Aug 7, 2016 |
Nothing in this book was even remotely close to what academia is like. I couldn't get into it. ( )
  sparemethecensor | Jul 16, 2016 |
I wish that I had liked this more because the premise and the first chapter were so good! But I didn't love the way the plot went back and forth between two points of view and I hoenstly just wasn't enamored with the characters or the language. Not bad, but it wasn't a page turner for me. ( )
  lovelypenny | Feb 4, 2016 |
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"For Chicago sociology professor Amelia Emmet, violence was a research topic--until a student she'd never met shot her. He also shot himself. Now he's dead and she's back on campus, trying to keep up with her class schedule, a growing problem with painkillers, and a question she can't let go: Why? All she wants is for life to get back to normal, but normal is looking hard to come by. She's thirty-eight and hobbles with a cane. Her first student interaction ends in tears (hers). Her fellow faculty members seem uncomfortable with her, and her ex--whom she may or may not still love--has moved on. Enter Nathaniel Barber, a graduate student obsessed with Chicago's violent history. Nath is a serious scholar, but also a serious mess about his first heartbreak, his mother's death, and his father's disapproval. Assigned as Amelia's teaching assistant, Nath also takes on the investigative legwork that Amelia can't do. And meanwhile, he's hoping she'll approve his dissertation topic, the reason he came to grad school in the first place: the student attack on Amelia Emmet. Together and at cross-purposes, Amelia and Nathaniel stumble toward a truth that will explain the attack and take them both through the darkest hours of their lives"--… (more)

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