“I was again alone. There was no sunshine, there was no Colt, no Mom and Dad. It was just me in this prison of misery with no escape.” (Cheyenne Wilson, Daylight)
Daylight is such a departure from the tone of the previous novels in this series. This is somewhat understandable given the way Promises ended. Wiedmeier does a great job of introducing the stages of grief through Cheyenne’s narrative, even while the story produces an unexpected tangent. However, Wiedmeier builds on this tone so much that the novel has a morose undertone throughout.
The tragedy at the end of Promises helps bring Callon and Cheyenne closer together, which I believe is the intent all along. Wiedmeier introduces a lot of new characters in this book. It does, in a way, create a new sense of family for Cheyenne, but her narrative makes this family feel just as oppressive as it is uplifting. The somber feeling of the book lends itself well to the emerging theme of dark versus light. The surprise ending to this book affirms this perception.
This book is less enjoyable to read than the previous two for a very simple reason. I have a hard time letting go of the depression initiated at the beginning of the story. It would be nice to have a little more balance from the beginning. For me, this book gets 3.75 of 5 stars