The Familiar Dark

By Amy Engel

The Familiar Dark by [Engel, Amy]

4 out of 5 stars

Dark is the perfect word for this novel. It is extremely dark and hard to read at times, which in my opinion, makes it even more readable. It takes you to places that you don’t really want to go to but you get a deep understanding of why characters behave the way they do. A story of two 12 year old girls being murder is hard enough. Reading about the grieving of the mothers is extremely hard. It is getting into the psyche of our main character Eve that proves to be the toughest road. She was not raised in the best situation. She wanted to be so much more for her daughter Junie and now, the familiar dark comes out. The unveiling of the killer is heartbreaking.

This book is wonderfully written. It is not a cheery book so it may not be for everyone but I could not put it down. I still feel a heaviness on my soul. I feel like this is maybe what the author intended.

Thanks to Netgalley and Dutton Books for a copy of this book.

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