The Dead and the Dark, a review by Cat

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The Dead and the Dark
Courtney Gould

Published August 3, 2021
By Wednesday Books
352 Pages

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I was lucky enough to receive an arc of Courtney Gould’s debut novel, The Dead and the Dark, and I’ve got to tell you: this book is everything. It has a little bit of something for everyone, as it blends fantasy, horror, mystery, and thriller elements together. Plus, the novel (and characters) itself is very LGBT+ friendly.

Logan Ortiz-Woodley is used to her fathers chasing ghosts and following local horror stories. As such, she’s seen a lot of weird things. But never something like this. There is something truly messed up in Snakebite, Oregon – and the townspeople are blaming her family.

Ashley Barton is one of those townspeople, as her boyfriend was the first person to go missing. Now, having met Logan and her family, she can’t help but feel a tearing of her allegiance – and she doesn’t know what to do with that.

The Dead and the Dark is a spine-tingling read, one that I picked up with the intention of only reading a chapter or two before bed. I ended up reading the whole book, and staying up way later than intended. And I can’t even pretend to regret that decision! The Dead and the Dark was brilliant.

Honestly, I envy all of the readers out there that still have the opportunity to read The Dead and the Dark for the first time. You’re in for a treat. Logan and Ashley’s characters play off each other so wonderfully and make such a sharp contrast. Both to the plot, and the town itself. I’m officially adding Courtney Gould to my list of authors to follow, and I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next!

Thanks to Wednesday Books and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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