So, I got this book a few weeks ago for a beta read, that is to give my opinions as a fresh pair of eyes, and was totally into the story. Now that it’s available on Amazon, I’d like to introduce you to The Darkness Within by Taylor Henderson.
Overall Rating: 6/6 Glass Slippers
Genre: Young Adult Suspense Thriller
I’ve been on a horror kick, as you’re seen with my earlier review of Hospital Hill, and I love a scary story more than anything. And, let me tell you, The Darkness Within is about as chilling as you would expect with such an ominous title. This book starts right in the thick of it; a horrified girl and her captor. It sets the tone for the rest of the novel as a creepy, crawly, heart pounding piece that has you yelling, “don’t open that door!” But, obviously, they don’t listen.
Claire and her mom, Jasmine, live pretty average lives, in the beginning. The pair only has each other, something that only heightens the events that will occur. When the fixer-upper next door is bought by a new neighbor, a handsome man named David, Claire thinks there’s something off about him. However, her mother doesn’t feel the same and Claire begins to see David far more often than she would like.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; monster’s aren’t always the creatures of darkness under our beds. They’re often the people on the fringes of our lives, and maybe in our inner-circles. Their presence can tighten our throats and their gaze makes our hair stand on end. Those are the same feelings Claire gets when she sees David. But is she right? Is there something more about the new neighbor that justifies her unease? Or is it all a big misunderstanding?