Title: Into the Dark
Author: Caroline T. Patti
Published: August 18, 2015
Note: I received an advance copy of this title for the purpose of review. Receipt of a free copy does not guarantee a review, as I only review books that I am enthusiastic about recommending. I only recommend books that fit the focus of this blog and rate three stars or higher. Receipt of a free copy has no bearing on rating.
A “sweet sixteen” party is supposed to be among the most memorable events of a girl’s life. But on the night of her party, Mercy Clare wakes up in the waiting room of a hospital with no memory of how she got there. To make matters worse, she’s wearing something she would never be caught dead in: her best friend Lyla’s clothes. Mercy’s nightmare is just beginning. The doctor tells her, referring to her as Lyla, that Mercy is lying 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.
Characterization and badassery
A teenager with the ability to be a body-snatcher? Yep, that was a new concept! I liked Mercy and her friends. She ends up hanging with some pretty hardcore types, so even though she’s new to what she can do, there’s no lack of action.
Plot and pacing
The story chugged right along, and all the scenes made sense. I felt like I burned right through the whole thing.
The plot, as I noted, offered something new, and the way it twisted around definitely gave me a different feeling about the characters going out than I did coming in. Which is awesome.
Prose and editing
The writing style is very conversational, which makes for very easy reading. I did notice a few funky editing things, but they were no big deal.
Nope. It’s all kinda grim, but not in an off-putting way.
I enjoyed this read. I particularly liked how the “sides” flipped back and forth. “Us” versus “them” can be pretty tough when you don’t know whose team you’re on. On the other hand, I felt that the character development could have been a wee bit greater, and there were a few odd plot holes that left me wondering. Were it not for those issues, I’d give this four stars, but even so, it’s a solid three-and-a-half, and I’m definitely watching for the next one.
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.