Title: And Darkness Waits | Author: C.K. Post | Publisher: Self-Published | Pub. Date: 2016-8-1 | Pages: 190 | ASIN: B01GU384TY | Genre(s): Horror & Mystery | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Date Read: 2016-8-1 | Source: Received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
And Darkness Waits
A successful horror author, Jeffrey Newman has everything money can buy. The world doesn’t know about his bouts with depression, his frequent nightmares, the darkness that weaves through him or the crushing burden of guilt he has carried for most of his life.
With his emotions out of control and a six-hour chunk of time missing from his recent memory, he takes off to join a friend and five others on a sailboat headed for Bermuda. A strange storm sinks the boat, leaving them stranded on an island where some mysterious force claims the lives of his companions one by one. The deaths are eerily familiar—he has become trapped in his unfinished novel.
Long-suppressed memories come to the surface, shocking instances of abuse. Fear, rage and grief chip away at his sanity, and he is obsessed with unraveling the mysteries locked away in his mind, all the while struggling to keep his remaining companions alive. Because when the last one succumbs, there will be nothing left between him and the madness overtaking him. – Goodreads
And Darkness Waits Review
And Darkness Waits was an easy book to lose myself in. Within pages, I was firmly ensconced in C.K. Post’s world, and wondering what direction they were going to take things in. Before I was halfway through, I’d had a pretty strong suspicion I knew roughly how things were going to end. However, that didn’t stop me from enjoying the story. It’s kind of like when you’re reading a good romance novel. You know that no matter what happens, boy and girl are gonna have their happily ever after in the end. Well, in this case, since it’s a horror, it wasn’t quite going to have the HEA ending, but you know what I mean. (There’s some pretty strong foreshadowing at the beginning, if you don’t.)
C.K. Post does a good job of giving the reader a decently multi-layered story. Not only are you watched Jeffrey slowly figure out what’s going on, but you’re also bearing witness to the recovery of his memories. Memories that are not, in any way, shape, or form, considered good ones. There’s a sort of sick fascination involved, as you wonder exactly how bad they’re going to get. Now, though the ending is fairly easy to guess at, the author does manage to throw a couple of curve balls at during the story. It keeps And Darkness Waits consistently interesting, and keeps you on your toes.
Overall, C.K. Post did a great job with their first foray into a non-romance genre. I wouldn’t exactly call And Darkness Waits a horror (hence my title labeling of Horror/Mystery). However, it’s definitely well worth the read. You can tell the author has had lots of writing experience, with the fast pace and the layered writing. Solid work. The only thing I would critique is there’s a few times where I had to re-read a section because I wasn’t entirely sure who was talking.
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