Monday, September 1, 2014

Darkness Review

Blurb: Seventeen-year-old Carly Lopez suffers from post-traumatic stress, though the “post” part technically doesn’t apply...not when the killer’s still out there.

As the only survivor of the killing spree that left four dead girls in its wake, Carly fails to unearth her buried memories of that day and is consumed with guilt. After a year of silence, the killer's back, and Carly will stop at nothing to stop him.

With each new death, Carly’s reality shatters, propelling her deeper into the darkness where the dead haunt her and where the truth lies. Her only firm grasp of reality is Hunter Jackson, whose mysterious overprotectiveness of Carly forces her to doubt the reason behind her guilt.

But Hunter has a secret.

And when she discovers a horrible truth, Carly questions her involvement in the murders. Was she directly responsible? Did she help the killer? Carly soon learns that finding answers may mean risking more than just her sanity.

My review:
Carly Lopez is the only survivor of a serial killer that murdered four teenage girls. He was never caught, and she can't remember what he looks like. Now he's back, and she's determined to find the killer. Except she can't tell reality from dream sometimes. Her post-traumatic stress has left her questioning even herself. Can she find the truth without ending up in an institution again or getting herself killed?

This YA thriller with a supernatural edge takes the reader on a surreal journey. It's fascinating and frightening at the same time. Carly's post-traumatic stress disorder is captured vividly. Her nightmares, visions, and inability to remember things interfere with her desire to help the police. Carly is determined no matter that her own mind is holding her back.

Amidst the chaos, Hunter is the rock holding Carly together. He's one of those guys every girl crushes on an for good reason. Hunter has his own secrets, and they weave into the strange web that creates this extraordinary tale. A few times I felt lost, but that is merely because Carly feels that too. And when you discover the truth, it is even more fantastical than the illusions.

About the author: Elizabeth is the author of THE SECOND SIGN and THE SECOND SHADOW, a dark young adult paranormal romance series. Elizabeth currently teaches writing to teens at a local community center. You can find more information about Elizabeth at:



  1. Great review! This book sounds so intense...

  2. Definitely sounds intense. But I like that in a novel.

  3. Things I never thought I'd hear 10 years ago: "YA Thriller." So many types of great YA stories these days! This one sounds amazing. :)

  4. Nicely done! This is a great review as I am totally interested in reading this book now.

  5. Thanks to everyone for popping in today. Liz's book was great! Have a wonderful week. :)

  6. Wow! Excellent review and awesome book blurb! I'm adding it to my goodreads shelf and then checking my book budget for the month . . .hmm. :)

  7. Good job, Christine. Made everyone want to read this one. Congrats to Elizabeth.

  8. Oh goodness. Sounds scary good! Congratulations to Elizabeth.

  9. What an awesome cover. Best of luck to Elizabeth!

  10. Thanks! I couldn't help but to sneak a peek. =)

  11. Sounds dark and scary, but just the kind of book I'd like to read!

  12. Oh cool.. I have seen this one around the blogsphere. Awesome to get your take on it :)


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