Welcome to the book tour for Caroline Patti's Into the Dark. Below is my review, buy links, and a giveaway!
Title: Into the Dark
Publication date: August 18, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Caroline T. Patti
A girl’s sweet sixteen party is supposed to be among the most memorable events of her life. But on the night of hers, Mercy Clare wakes in the waiting room of a hospital with no memory of how she got there. To make matters worse, she’s wearing something she’d never be caught dead in: her best friend Lyla’s clothes.
Mercy’s nightmare is just beginning. The doctor arrives to tell her that it’s she who lies in the hospital bed waiting to die. A trip to the bathroom confirms Mercy’s fears, as Lyla’s face stares back at her and Lyla’s curvy figure pokes through her tight clothes.
But finding out what’s really going on won’t be easy. Because if Mercy wants her body back, it might just cost her Lyla’s life.
Into the Dark by Caroline Patti is a great twist on the typical “hunter of demons” meme. The mc, Mercy, is the “demon” in this case one with the ability to jump, or Breach, into another person and that makes her the hunted. The book starts with her finding herself in the body of her best friend. The author did a great job showing Mercy trying to act like her best friend, who has a very different personality. I also felt Mercy’s pain in wanting to support her dad since her own body is apparently left as dead after she jumped into her friend’s body.
The switch-up on the hunter/hunted theme alone makes this a good read as the standard plot is getting a bit old. And there are additional twists in this book. Those hunting the Breachers are not what they seem and Mercy can’t find anyone to trust. Even those who want to help her have secrets that will affect whether she lives or dies.
I was also impressed with the authors skill in handling the forward starting point, then flashing back to the set up. This isn’t something typically done well, so good job!
I enjoyed reading the entire book, but a couple things kept bugging me. I never really “felt” any romantic attachment between Mercy and Nathanial, another Breacher hunted by those in power. For whatever reason, my image of him was much older from the beginning so it never felt right. There seemed to be a forced emphasis on beauty, it felt told, not shown. Also, the ending happened rather abruptly, but left the door open for a great sequel that I’d mostly likely pick up.
The well-done things like the basic premise twists keep this at a 4 rating, but the editor in me would have like to add a few commas and fix the telling.
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ABOUT CAROLINE T. PATTI:
Caroline T Patti is the author of The World Spins Madly On and Too Late To Apologize. When she’s not writing, she’s a school librarian, mother of two, wife, avid reader and Green Bay Packer fan. You can chat with her on Twitter:@carepatti or find her onFacebook.
Giveaway Information: Contest ends September 11, 2015
· Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Into the Dark by Caroline T. Patti (INT)
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