Thriller

The Familiar Dark by Amy Engel

It is surprising to encounter such an immersive experience in a title like this. Usually, short strokes build the world before pushing the shocking twist onto us. In this case, we are left to simmer.
The book begins with the crime being committed. Immediately after we meet the primary protagonist, Eve Taggert. She has clawed her way up to living a semi-decent life in comparison to the one she grew up with. It is an entirely dark book, with no lighter shades to ease the emotions. Once Eve finds herself in a future which she never expected, things progressively get more convoluted. She has always known the way life would have turned out for her if it had not been for her daughter, and this plagues her waking moments.
There is not much more that I can say except that the writing was pretty great. I was not expecting to ‘enjoy’ the read as much as I did, given the subject matter. I would have found the ending annoying if it wasn’t for the writing that had me siding with Eve and all the people who were on her team.

Rating: 4 out of 5.


I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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