Some Days Are Dark by Miranda Smith
Kindle Edition, 354 pages
Expected publication: March 16th 2020 by Bookouture
About the Book:
I was happy my husband died, but I couldn’t admit it, otherwise people might think I killed him. Before: Olivia knows she is lucky. She has a loving husband, Frank, an adorable son, Jake, and a beautiful new home. It couldn’t be more different from her childhood on the outskirts of Whitaker, dirt poor and dreaming of getting out. But at the end of long days with no one to talk to, always feeling like she’s not quite good enough, she starts to wonder if there’s a better life waiting. After: Everyone in Whitaker knows who Olivia is. She’s the woman who left her family for no-good Dane Miller—and the one who most likely shot him. Now, there’s gossip about her everywhere she goes, she’s too scared to leave the house most days, and she barely gets to see her beloved son. How can a perfect life fall apart so quickly? And, when you have nothing to lose, how far will you go to save yourself?
This story, it was...something else.
Some Days Are Dark is a twisty, domestic suspense relying heavily on plot points seen a million times. Readers will quickly and easily intuit the relationship between the three main characters and will likely feel underwhelmed by the story overall. Yes, there are a couple mildly surprising twists near the end, but again, it's all been done so many times before, I felt no spark of excitement while reading. Further, nothing felt fleshed out or expanded upon...chunks of plot were doled out in little tidbits, but I felt we never really got to the heart of the matter.
I loathed the character Olivia. She was a thoughtless, vaguely ignorant airhead, who couldn't responsibly care for a dog yet alone a child. As a mother of two myself, I found her character to be incredibly abhorrent.
Bottom Line: Although I liked the story line it was rather confusing switching back and forth...hard to keep it straight. It was a little long and drawn out too. Overall, a very average, not at all unique, story.
Thank you NetGalley, Miranda Smith and Bookouture for the complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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