An Ali Review: Light Up The Dark by Suki Fleet

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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
light-up-the-dark-by-suki-fleetFor two years Nicky has wandered the dark empty corridors of the overgrown Thorn Hall, unseen and untouched, feeling like a ghost. His only company, the cold man who promised to keep him safe from harm, Lance. But when Lance dies, Nicky’s assurance of safety disintegrates and his world suddenly becomes a lot more real and a lot more dangerous. Scared to leave the house, Nicky longs for daylight. He employs a gardener to clear the over-grown bushes and vines that have nearly swallowed Thorn Hall whole. The last thing Nicky expects a little light to do is show him something to fight for.

Eighteen months in a young offenders’ institute has taught Cai two things: he occupies the playful puppy end of the How Dangerous Are You? spectrum, and he has an unfortunate knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Desperate for a job, he takes the first offer he gets. Even though Thorn Hall creeps the hell out of him and he barely knows one end of a pair of garden shears from the other.

Things start to fall apart when Cai is drawn into Nicky’s strange world of sticky notes and secrets. Cai finds he is now a target, blamed for a crime he didn’t commit. Desperate not to go back to prison, he digs deep and risks all the good things in life to help Nicky run. But now Nicky has someone he wants to protect, he knows he can’t run any more.
This is a darker story with a gothic vibe to it.  I really enjoyed the beginning as Cai tries to figure out what’s going on in the creepy house where he’s gotten a job as a gardener.  The atmosphere was set really well and I could easily picture this run down house filled with secrets.  I liked Cai and his niece and her friend.  They were well done and interesting characters.
As the story went on though I felt the plot twists were kind of wild and unbelievable.  I guess in a gothic that’s what you’re looking for but for some reason it just didn’t work for me.  My biggest issue with the story though was Nicky’s character.  I just didn’t like him.  I also didn’t understand how he could be so helpless and unable to function at the age of 29.  Yes, he had been through hell two years prior but what about the other 27 years of his life?  I think maybe it would have worked better for me if he had been in his late teens/early twenties.  Since I never warmed up to Nicky at all, I had a hard time buying into the love story.  I couldn’t see what Cai saw in him and the insta-love didn’t make sense to me.
Overall this was just an average read for me.  I liked the gothic mystery part but did not care for the romance aspect.  I thought the atmosphere part was really well done and in that way this story might be too dark for some readers.
Cover:  I think the cover is really well done and it fits the dark, shadowy vibe of the story.
Sales Link
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Book Details:
Kindle Edition, 349 pages
Published December 25th 2016 by Wildflowers
ASINB01MU4FDMI
Edition LanguageEnglish

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