This Little Dark Place by A. S. Hatch
ebook, 239 pages
Published October 10th 2019 by Serpent's Tail / Profile Books
About the Book:
How well do you know your girlfriend? How well do you know your lover? How well do you know yourself? Daniel and Victoria are together. They're trying for a baby. Ruby is in prison, convicted of assault on an abusive partner. But when Daniel joins a pen pal program for prisoners, he and Ruby make contact. At first the messages are polite, neutral - but soon they find themselves revealing more and more about themselves. Their deepest fears, their darkest desires. And then, one day, Ruby comes to find Daniel. And now he must decide who to choose - and who to trust.
Could a person fall in love with another person simply through letters?
I like the way this book is written in letters, but you really can't tell as it reads like a novel too. I liked the main character, Daniel, his life is not perfect but he's doing the best he can with what he has to deal with. I can't imagine what it's like to have the problems he has had thrown at him...but Daniel is hanging on by his fingernails. The characters are skillfully crafted and the plot has enough surprises to keep the reader interested right to the end. The characters in this book are well developed with personalities, idiosyncrasies and imperfections that are so real, they will feel very familiar to you.
This was a thrilling domestic noir that kept me turning pages into the small hours of the morning, and I read it in one sitting...it is a short book, less than 200 pages. Just when you think you know who the bad guy is, the story twists, then twists again, keeping you guessing for so long. I absolutely loved it, and would highly recommend the book.
Thank you NetGalley, A.S. Hatch, Serpent's Tail and Profile Books for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.
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