The Dark by Jason Brant Release date Friday, February 8, 2013


A review by Terri Kinckner

Book description from Amazon:

Christy Barnett is sleeping when her aging German shepherd Molly growls into the darkness outside her bedroom. She wakes to a dim glow provided by her Kindle’s screen, thankful that she had fallen asleep while reading again. The power has gone out, the world outside her window has gone eerily dark and silent. And Molly is weary of something that waits in the hallway, hiding in the shadows.

A dark cloud has fallen over the city of Aberdeen, MD. The population disappears in an instant. For the handful of survivors, those lucky enough to have a light source not connected to the power grid, it’s more than terrifying. They’re left alone, walking through a nightmare, and that is a fate that could be worse than death itself.

The darkness is alive and it is the reason we fear the night.

My take:

I was excited to get this book to beta read, and it did not disappoint! From the very beginning, I had goosebumps and was looking over my shoulder. Jason has a way of making you part of the story, as if you’re following the characters around and experiencing everything they do. His characters were all unique from each other, yet they combined to make an excellent cast.

As the town was shrouded in darkness, I knew no more than the characters did. Being kept in the dark just added to my terror. The psychological horror that happened to these characters were just as bad as the tangible events they faced. The reference to another one of his books, The Gate, just made me think about the cause of this plague of darkness even more. That’s one thing I love about Jason’s work. It’s never only what you see, there is always some epiphany that hits you out of nowhere. This book is no exception.

The banter between the characters was great, they felt so real to me. I found myself chuckling at the amateur attempts at chivalry from the smitten teen, sympathizing with Walter, and rolling my eyes at Scott. It made me smile when I realized Christy was saved by a kindle, and her dog reminded me of my German Shepherd Sadie, who lived to be almost as ancient and completely as loyal at 12.

The ending to this book was excellent, and answered a lot of questions. It also left room for perhaps a sequel? Please? I truly enjoyed this book and really hope I get to hear more from these characters. This book was excellently written!

I give this book 5 stars out of 5!


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