Hello again bibliophiles!
Today, I'll be discussing The Dark Room, written by best-selling novelist Natalie Banks.
I want to give a huge thanks to the author and publisher for sending me a free review copy in exchange for my honest review. Now, let's get to rating!
The Dark Room by Natalie Banks
Anna Walker finds herself in a steamy extramarital affair with sexy film photographer Alec Prentice. But soon, his bad boy ways and her guilty conscience driver her to end the relationship abruptly.
Not long after ending the affair, she frighteningly realizes she's being stalked. As she desperately tries to conceal the affair, the stalking escalates.
Although her safety is jeopardized, she refuses to get help from fear that her secret will be exposed. Forced to take matters into her own hands, she finds herself face to face with her stalker. And suddenly, she's clutching a gun in her hand...
The Dark Room was my first Natalie Banks novel, but it certainly will not be the last...
WOW. Let's talk about character development- one of this book's most notable strengths. The author makes this piece memorable by developing and portraying vivid, realistic, and very relatable characters. Each character, especially Anna Walker, is absolutely engaging. It's impossible for readers to turn each page without feeling a connection to the protagonist or the emotions being conveyed. The Dark Room features a handful of themes, but one of the most significant is making mistakes. In order to address this concept and other themes, Banks takes her audience through Anna's very familiar journey, making each reader reflect on their own actions and the consequences that have come from them.
There is also no doubt that this piece features brilliant writing. Banks' writing style is colorful but comprehensive, making this a fast-paced page-turner. Through her writing, the author is able to create an uncanny environment. While there isn't an essence of immense thrill or suspense, there is a steady sense of eeriness, making danger seem apparent yet unpreventable. As a reader, I felt completely captivated and intrigued by this uncertainty. At any moment, something tragic would occur and there was nothing I could do to stop it.
The last sixty pages of this novel were absolutely thrilling. However, I didn't enjoy it as much as I could have because I solved the mystery beforehand. Nonetheless, The Dark Room was such an enjoyable read!
If you're in the mood for a character-based mystery or a light thriller, this is the book for you!
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