Till Darkness Comes Paperback – November 15, 2016
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 12.2 ounces
- Paperback : 254 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0991079264
- ISBN-13 : 978-0991079261
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.53 x 9 inches
- Publisher : McCorkle Ink (November 15, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,533,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It took me awhile to get to reading it but once I picked it up I couldn't put it down!
A child also dies in this story, something I found truly gut wrenching, as will most readers. It annoyed me a little actually. I felt it would’ve been more fitting if the person who brought about his demise had died. From that point on, the main focus of this story is a vigilante killing people who’ve denied others medical care and /or claims. The mystery aspect of that is cut short as the person doing such is revealed to the reader. I had trouble buying who it was as if said person was so psychotic why put up with… Damn, I can’t say what without spoilers.
Back tracking, the story starts with Beth’s uncle being killed, and not for the same reason other people are being murdered, but because of the sexual abuse he inflicted on others – sorry if that’s a spoiler but I really think readers need to be aware this story has a heavy focus on abuse, most of it MF not same sex.
So where does the LGBTQ angle come in? Well Beth crushes on her therapist because she wants to know what all the hype about lesbian sex is. However despite her therapist spilling her guts to her client about her sexuality she doesn’t reciprocate Beth’s feelings or advances. Then there’s Regan, Beth’s childhood friend, who is loosely woven into the plot, and identifies as not being attracted to either gender.
This story has a shifting timeline which is somewhat choppy and disjointed. The biggest issue I had with the storytelling was the abundance of telling, there was little emotion shown or deep character building. In hindsight, with all the dark things going on that could very well be a good thing.
The fact this story kept me engaged enough not to be tempted to skim read, had me hovering on a 3 heart rating, right up to near the end. What end? I can’t say if it’s a cliffy or if the readers are supposed to decide for themselves what, or how, things turned out.
I’m but one reviewer, with my own opinion. I urge readers to grab on this story, you might end up loving it despite my misgivings.
What follows is a series of flashbacks that unveil the characters’ stories. Unlike many of the stories that jump from past to present over and over again, this one is easy to follow. DeHelen’s skill in narration helps the reader keep up with the events.
The plot twists hooks the readers and makes them want to finish the book.
A lot of writing skill is demonstrated in this story, but it is a dark story which might turn some readers off. In addition, the action occurs “on stage” and not behind the scenes. The LGBT theme, although a small part of the book, is present in the book.
Some readers also seem to be turned off by a story that is written in the present tense, such as this one. However, only the murder scenes are written in the present tense. The author did this on purpose to provide immediacy--a technique that really works!
However, overall, the story line flows smoothly, the reader is hooked, and the plot’s twists will keep the readers turning the pages.