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The Dead and the Dark af Courtney Gould
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The Dead and the Dark (udgave 2021)

af Courtney Gould (Forfatter)

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Medlem:stacyastokes
Titel:The Dead and the Dark
Forfattere:Courtney Gould (Forfatter)
Info:Wednesday Books (2021), 384 pages
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This lesbian horror YA novel would make a perfect read for the Spooky Season. Logan and her paranormal-investigator dads return to the town her parents grew up in, only for teens to start disappearing or turning up dead. Local Ashley's boyfriend was the first to go missing and months later, there's still no body. The town of Snakebite is so small and insular that outsiders are immediately suspect, especially if they're queer and Latinx. Even if they grew up in town.

As things escalate, Ashley and Logan team up to figure out what's going on and develop feelings for each other as they do. I would not call this a romance, but there is an HEA/HFN. The Dead and the Dark kept me guessing and while I had figured out some of the reveals, others were surprising and one was rather shocking. I wanted some more consequences for a few characters, but unfortunately that's not how the real world works either.

In all, a compelling horror/paranormal suspense and a very gay one at that.

Audio notes: This narration was solid, but since it's two young women in dual-POV, I would have preferred two different narrators. The characters themselves are different enough that it was mostly fine, but Soneela Nankani doesn't differentiate between their voices and I kept losing track. (This may be a "me" thing.)

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Content Warnings: murder, attempted murder, hate crime (attempted drowning), homophobia, implied racism, possession, death of a child, gun violence, lots of violence

I received an audio and ebook review copy of this book from the publisher. I read the audio. ( )
  Cerestheories | Nov 8, 2021 |
An excellent blend of horror, mystery and romance with some dandy plot twists and gotchas. Even though events are revealed in a smooth manner, most readers (I sure was) will find themselves surprised more than once. A very satisfying story with an ending that feels like a rainbow following a terrible storm. ( )
  sennebec | Oct 25, 2021 |
teen fiction - suspense/mystery with ghosts and incidentally queer characters, set in a rural homophobic Oregon town.

I'm not into scary monsters that much and prefer funny ghosts--but I liked this ok and am glad to see more queer representation starring in all kinds of stories. ( )
  reader1009 | Oct 25, 2021 |
*This book was sent to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

This book is a 4.5/5, but I rounded it down to a 4.

Trigger warnings: child death, violence, homophobia, and homophobia related violence, murder, underage drinking, strangulation and attempted drowning, slurs, claustrophobia (the author also includes a page of her own trigger warnings in the book, which I love and greatly appreciate).
For a more detailed description of sensitive content please visit gouldbooks.com/books/tdatd

Fans of ya horror and mystery/thrillers must add this debut to their tbrs! There are some paranormal elements to the story as well, which make it extra intriguing. Courtney Gould's writing style is absolutely gorgeous. Gould effortlessly creates an eerie and captivating atmosphere with her writing that makes you want to read this during the day with all the lights on and the shades up. Or, if you're like me, at 1 am with the shades down and the only source of light coming from my kindle. This is the perfect sapphic romance to add to a spooky season tbr. I am looking forward to more of Gould's books in the future and I can't wait to see what her next release will be. I also will 110% be purchasing a copy of my own when I can. This cover needs to be displayed on my shelves.

What I enjoyed
~representation (f|f romance that isn't tip-toed around, gay dads)
~eerie atmosphere
~writing style
~overall unique plot
~different perspectives
~mystery is continued through the entire story and not just kept for the very end of the book

What I didn't enjoy
~some confusing timelines
~didn't feel as connected to the characters as I wanted to
~the plot dragged a little sometimes when I wished it would have been more fast-paced

~rachel ( )
  thebookqueensx | Aug 4, 2021 |
Introduction

Something isn't quite right about the town of Snakebite, Oregon, and when now-paranormal-investigators go back to their roots to investigate the town, things get weirder. A teen disappears, and then teens start getting killed. People are holding on to old anger, and old secrets. Is something stranger than just a few missing teens going on in this sleepy town in the middle of nowhere? Something stranger? Something darker?

Cover

You're not supposed to judge a book by it's cover, but I will say that this cover is so gorgeous and it definitely grabbed my attention when I was browsing through Netgalley.

Tone

I loved the consistent slightly "off" vibe that runs through the whole story. Small town weird vibes are my favourite and this book delivered.

The Dark

I love the concept of The Dark being an entity of it's own. It reminds me of the "The Forest" element in We Were Restless Things by Cole Nagamatsu (review of that book here!)

Alternating POVs

I loved the alternating POVs of Ashley and Logan and The Dark. Usually when I read a book that switches POVs I find myself being less interested in one of them, and eagerly waiting for the story to switch back to the POV I like better, but that didn't happen at all with this book, and that feels so refreshing for me.

Conclusion

I loved this book. I believe the editor described it "like Riverdale, but good," and I agree. With the small town vibes with an undertone of something strange going on, the shoe fits. Because of the general spookiness of the novel I would also recommend this book to fans of After Obsession by Carrie Jones and Steven E. Wedel, and, of course, We Were Restless Things. I will definitely be looking our for more from this author. ( )
  Sibella.Asher | Aug 3, 2021 |
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