• Rachel Penate

The Familiar Dark by Amy Engel



SUMMARY: "Set in a small town with big secrets, Eve Taggert, desperate with grief over losing her daughter, has to face the reality about her death and her own true nature. Her quest for justice takes her from the seedy underbelly of town to the quiet woods and, most frighteningly, back to her mother's trailer for a final lesson." (Adapted from Goodreads)


REVIEW: Well... that was a ride!

I had zero expectations going into this book, and from the get-go, I thought it would chalk up to be a quick and brainless thriller. NOPE. What I got was SO MUCH BETTER.

First of all, I ended up really moved by Eve, the main character. She was real, her struggle was real, her interior conflict was real (albeit, so dark), and my goodness my heart hurt for her.

While I hated the ending from a moral perspective — really desperately wanting her to make different decisions, making mercy and healing a part of her story — it all made sense. As an artistic rendering, Eve's character was brilliant. Some people really do make decisions from a primordial point of view. Some people have a really, really difficult time choosing a path different from the one they've struggled with their whole life.

Overall, this book was interesting and frustrating all at once. A great choice for lovers of dark and gritty thrillers.


SENSITIVITY WARNINGS: Murder, loss of a child, drug and alcohol abuse, adultery, parental abuse.

{Huge thanks to Dutton Books for this free NetGalley ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.}

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