REVIEW: Where Darkness Blooms

“There are a lot of strange things in this town,” Evan said slowly, “It’s best to keep the strangest one close to be safe.”

Delilah, Jude, Whitney and Bo are teenage girls who live together and are desperately trying to find their mothers who went missing. The town seems overall disinterested in solving the mystery. Bishop is a creepy town encompassed by sunflowers where the wind is treacherous and no one ever leaves… except for women who go missing with no explanation. Can the girls find out what is happening to the women before one of them is next?

This one melds supernatural creepy with real world creepy. There are natural elements but also people being awful to one another. Generally YA has very flat teen characters but I thought the author did a good job at giving us girls with different personalities, motivations and reactions. We do get an explanation about the underlying darkness but I wanted maybe a little more about its genesis and the bonds with which it operated. Either way this was definitely one of the more original YA fantasies I’ve read in a long time.

Read this one if you liked Erin A Craig’s Small Favors.

Thanks to Wednesday Books for gifted access to this novel via Netgalley. All opinions above are my own.

Do you prefer books that are dark due to human actions or ones that have a paranormal angle?

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I am the Vice President of Clinical Affairs for a medical device company where my job is to promote the utility of the device to doctors. I have science and business degrees and have editorial experience in medical communications. In college, I served as an Editorial Assistant for a healthcare communications company and have served on two editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals. In my free time, I always have a book in my hand... or two or three! On average, I read 20 books a month. I have looked to combine two of my skill sets to review on Goodreads and promote books on Instagram that I love to other readers. I'm open to partnering with publishers as an influencer for book tours, giveaways etc.

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