Dark by Aleatha Romig
My rating: 4 of 5 stars.
The aftermath of being held hostage!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎
Character development: 👤👤👤👤👤
The setting: Chicago
The Hero(s): Reid Murray – Works for Sparrow. Sterling Sparrow is the kingpin of the Chicago underground as well as the head of Sparrow Enterprises. Reid is the Technology specialist of the group and is married to Lorna who was kidnapped an beaten.
The heroine: Lorna Murray – Lorna was married to Reid and sister to Mason who both work for Sparrow. She was recently taken captive by accident. The captors really wanted Mason’s wife Lauren for her research into mind altering drugs which worked on the memory centers of the brain. Lorna was beaten and nearly raped and given a drug similar to what Lauren was studying.
The Love Story: Reid and Lorna have been married for years and are still madly in love. Reid feels a fierce protectiveness towards his wife and blames himself for her abduction.
The first book “Dusk” was about Lorna’s abduction and imprisonment as she was held hostage with Sparrow’s wife Araneae. This book was about what happened after their return. It deals heavily with PTSD, not just Lorna’s PTSD of the abduction but also of her abuse as a little girl by her mother’s boyfriend. It goes in to alarming detail about his sexual abuse of her.
The memory loss over the abduction is dealt with, how not knowing exactly what happened has affected her and Reid as well who wants to track down and kill whomever hurt Lorna. Though Lorna just wants Reid to stay with her and make her feel safe. In addition to the memory loss, Lorna gets flashes of memory which is disturbing to say the least given what she went through.
I liked the book and I do like when books deal with heavy subjects like these. Sometimes in romance terrible events are overcome by those involved all too quickly and not realistically but this was handled very well. That said, I was just a bit bored and found it hard to get through the book. It could be just one of those times I didn’t quite feel like reading, but it did take me days to get through this book. It definitely got much better during the second half and the cliffhanger was great!
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
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