ARC Book Review | The Dead and the Dark

Title: The Dead and the Dark

Author: Courtney Gould

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Published: 3 August 2021

Pages: 352

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Content Warnings: Homophobia, hate crime, death, murder, child death, biphobia

I received an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Wow! I am blown away by how this all came together. The Dead and the Dark is about the things that lurk in dark corners, the past that cannot remain hidden, and about finding home in places you least expected.

Logan Ortiz-Woodley wants to live a normal life. She wants one place to call home instead of the many, many hotels she’s lived in, and she’d really like to make her own path. Her dads are the stars of TV’s most popular ghost hunters show ParaSpectors, so she’s spent most of her childhood going from one haunted place to another for her dad’s show.

Snakebite, Oregon is a typical small-town that everybody’s forgotten about. But something lurks there and teenagers are disappearing, some turning up dead, the whether is acting up and people point a finger at Logan’s dads, Alejo and Brandon.

Ashley Barton is a native of Snakebite, Oregon and her boyfriend is the first teen to go missing. She’s felt his presence ever since and refuses to believe he’s dead. With the Ortiz-Woodleys in town, his ghost following Ashley, the only person she can trust is the mysterious Logan. Ashley and Logan team up to figure out who is haunting Snakebite, their investigations reveals truths about the town, their families, and themselves that they may not be ready for.

Alejo and Brandon are so completely adorable that I cannot handle it. It does break my heart that Logan thinks Brandon hates her since she doesn’t know what actually happened. The enemies to friendship then to blossoming relationship between Ashley and Logan is so wonderful and heartwarming to see. I’m also a sucker for the enemies to love trope!

This was unique and mind-blowing book with twists and turns. I was actually shocked about what was going on in Snakebite and it was fascinating to see every couple of chapters these inside thoughts from this dark, terrifying thing that is haunting the town.

Truly, there is something that haunts the town but the beauty of Gould’s book is that it’s really the town itself, the people, the hatred, the prejudices. The more people hate and judge and discriminate the more the darkness grows and becomes more powerful. In our day and age, the message that comes across in this story is more important than ever to listen to and understand. We cannot let our own hatred become toxic, to sink so far into the soil that there is no escape.

Happy Reading Lovelies!

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