Good Morning All,
Another Thursday (my favourite day) and another book review. Again, nothing much to report outside of book reading. Life is just ticking along nicely with no issues. I really shouldn’t jinx it!
Thank you to @deapoirierbooks and @bookouture for this advanced audio copy of Find Me in the Dark in return for an honest review. Find Me in the Dark is published today (21st October 2021) and you can get a copy here.
The body of a young woman is found in the melting snow in Plattsburgh, New York and Detective Harlow Durant is given the case. She soon learns that the body has lain there for months so begins to dig her way through missing person reports. The body is identified as Alyssa Trent who was a college student and according to her family, had no enemies and nobody who would wish her harm. Her college lecturers think differently though and believe that Alyssa was leading a double life.
Not long after, another body is found in the thawing snow and the victims knew each other. They are definitely linked, but how? Who would want these girls dead? And how long does Durant have before this killer takes another innocent life?
General Thoughts 🤔
Ok, I’m going to struggle with this review. This book and I did not get along well. I hate it when this happens as it makes me feel so bad, but not everyone is supposed to love every book are they. And what works for some people doesn’t work for others.
I couldn’t keep on track with the story as my mind just kept drifting away elsewhere. The story wasn’t engaging enough for me and I felt that the beginning of the book dragged quite a lot with nothing much actually happening. I can’t say for certain whether this was the writing or the narration (or a combination of both) but by the time I hit the middle of the book, my heart wasn’t in it and the last half of the book felt like I was listening for the sake of getting to the end rather than because I was interested.
I can’t report back a lot about the characters because I don’t know an awful lot about them. What I do know is that I could not get on board with Detective Durant. Her constant comments about being the only female and constant outbursts about how unfairly she was treated because she was a female kind of got annoying. Once or twice would have been fine but I started to feel like this was all this detective was going to care about rather than getting on and solving a case.
The plot line about Durant and her father had the potential to be great, but unfortunately I was so detached from the characters and the story, it didn’t land with me in the way that would have made me love this book.
Writing Style ✍️
As I mentioned earlier in this review, the beginning was far too slow for me. I don’t need every book to grab me right from the off and I do enjoy a slow burner but I felt like nothing happened at all. I think a lot of the first half of the book could have been stripped out and more focus put into the investigation once more bodies started to turn up.
I also thought there was a lot of repetition through the book. I don’t know if it was because the author was really trying to make a point or whether it was because the story didn’t flow incredibly well, so we had to keep going over old ground.
Conclusion & Scoring 🎖️
Obviously, this book and I are not a match made in heaven, but there is someone out there for everyone so I’m sure that there are lots of readers who will love this. I would never discourage anyone from picking up a book and giving it a go so I would recommend that if this book has caught your attention, read it and try it for yourself. I’d be really interested to know how other readers find it.