14744404Reviewed by Melanie Kline

Private detective Jared McKean is determined to clear his nephew, Josh’s name in the murder of his ex-lover Razor’s murder and also save him from being the murder’s next victim. Meanwhile, Jared is still being in love with his ex-wife, is taking care of his son who has Down’s Syndrome, dating a teacher at Josh’s high school, tending to his horses and looking after his roommate who is dying of AIDS (the same roommate who has his ex-boyfriend come and stay with him during the last days of his AIDS battle at the price of his current boyfriend).

Arrogant is the first word that comes to mind when I think about this book. Jaden Terrell has his main character stretched too thin. He has to be the best and most perfect at everything and anything that you could possibly dream of that I failed to care much about the story. Every chapter is completely about Jared McKean. The murder wasn’t even committed as a murder. The only time you get close to the murder is when Jared figures out how it was committed and uses the information to convince the killer to confess, so this too is in his words. There is not one dialogue in the entire story that doesn’t include Jared.

For me, A Cup Full of Midnight was like watching an after school special or a Disney movie. Yes, there is AIDS and Down’s Syndrome and murder and goth culture and vampire wannabes, but you are constantly, completely aware that Jared will come out on top. There is absolutely no doubt that he will solve the murder and make all right that is wrong with the world at the price of the entertainment value of the book.

I have to admit that I enjoyed A Cup Full of Midnight far better than Jaden Terrell’s last book, Racing the Devil, but Jared McKean is far too pompous, conceited, and egotistic of a character for my liking. The only part of the entire story that took me by surprise was Josh’s fate. I honestly never saw that coming and stared at the book for quite some time. I found it hard to believe that “superhero” Jared McKean didn’t foresee the turmoil and ride in on his white horse with guns blazing to save the day.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ 

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by The Permanent Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.