My Review of Before The Dawn – Book Two in the Grayson Trilogy


Before the Dawn: Book 2 of The Grayson Trilogy


I gave Before The Dawn 5*out of 5*


Before The Dawn is book two in the Grayson Trilogy. It’s a cross over genre between mystery, crime and romance.

 Not wanting to give any spoilers in my reviews I’ve decided that I’ll include the blurb

There are testing times ahead for Grayson and Trent as trouble threatens Melton Manor. When an attack is made against those on the estate, Grayson gets caught in the middle finding herself and those around her in terrible danger. Terrified when she thinks tragedy has struck again she fights to protect those she now views as family and, suffering bloodshed and pain, confronts her fears – both brought by the enemy and by the one she loves.

This is a brilliant sequel to the first book in the Grayson trilogy “A Single Step”. The reader is taken straight into the plot from the end of the first novel and the tension is portrayed immediately with the anticipation of an imminent threat. The suspense ratchets up with lots of twists and turns, brilliant start and end hooks of each chapter and the increase in pace and thrilling events make this a gripping read.

 The characters are well rounded, especially those of the protagonist, Emma Grayson and Trent. There is some revelation of Emma’s childhood and a betrayal in her former marriage which makes a great backstory and explains much of her traits and adds to her actions within the storyline. She is private but empathetic, wary but eager to help other characters she identifies with. I wasn’t sure about Trent in the first book but here he is fleshed out and his character evolves brilliantly, making a good foil for Emma. The couple are in the foreground of an interesting group of secondary characters. And, throughout the dialogue is strong and believable to each.

 The settings are well described, especially of the various areas of Melton Manor and, without giving any spoilers of a later action scene, of local beaches and cliffs.

I love the unresolved mystery at the end of the book and straightaway reached for the third in this trilogy – Thicker than Water.


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6 Responses to My Review of Before The Dawn – Book Two in the Grayson Trilogy
  1. Georgia Rose
    November 24, 2015 | 8:54 am

    Oh I’m thrilled by this review Judith, many thanks. I’m so pleased you enjoyed it as much as this – what a great start to the day 🙂

    • Judith Barrow
      November 24, 2015 | 2:56 pm

      So glad you’re pleased, Georgia – every word meant. Loved it. review for the last book of the trilogy soon. Sorry I’m so slow – but just to say loved that one as well.Jx

  2. Jo Tatman
    November 25, 2015 | 8:47 pm

    Sorry I am late with the review….loved the book ‘Thicker than Water’ . Wondered where you were going with the story after the action and suspense of the second but could not put it down …. Well done a thoughrly good read. Enjoyed the end chapter….well written.

    Looking forward to the next book Georgia,

    • Judith Barrow
      November 25, 2015 | 9:22 pm

      I agree, Jo. A brilliant book.Jx

      • Georgia Rose
        November 25, 2015 | 9:36 pm

        Thanks Judith, much appreciated 🙂

    • Georgia Rose
      November 25, 2015 | 9:34 pm

      Hiya Jo, great to see you here. I’m delighted you enjoyed TtW so much and I shall look forward to a review whenever you have the time – haha 🙂 Many thanks for commenting – it’s really appreciated!

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