Natalie plans to kill her father before he can do more harm to the family that has taken her in and nurtured her. Along the way, she learns she has magical powers that had been kept secret from her. Her father just wants Natalie to finish a ritual, but the supernatural community isn’t too excited about this happening.
There’s so much about this book that I was hoping to enjoy. A dark mystery with supernatural under-currents. What could go wrong?
But what goes wrong is the actual story-telling.
Chris Little’s writing is in the category of ‘telling, not showing’ and the dialog is pedantic. Adults talk to one another like school girls, tittering over stupid jokes. And the narrative comes to the reader in short, clipped passages that gives the story a halting sensation.
I liked the concept behind this story, but it took too long to develop and because I found the characters annoying, by the time the story picked up I was no longer interested. This book really didn’t grab my attention, despite going in and wanting to like this.
Looking for a good book? This is not it.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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The Darkness of Shadows
author: Chris Little
publisher: Rogue Gargoyle Books
ebook, 202 pages