4/5 stars

TW: child death, serial murder, homophobia 

Life has been a little nutty, so it has been a while since I last posted anything, but I’m excited to be back with my review for The Dead and The Dark by Courtney Gould. Thank you Wednesday Books/St. Martin’s Press for giving me the opportunity to read an advance copy via Netgalley!

Teens have started going missing in Snakebite, Oregon, a small, tight-knit town that is pretty isolated from the rest of the world. Ashley Barton’s whole life has been Snakebite, but when her boyfriend is the first person to go missing, she begins to question whether Snakebite really is a safe place to be and if she can really trust the people she has known all her life. When Logan Ortiz-Woodley shows up in town with her famous ghost hunting fathers, the town’s suspicions immediately fall on them, but when her boyfriend’s ghost starts following her around, Ashley soon realizes that she’ll need Logan’s help to find the truth about Snakebite’s dark mystery. 

I’m a class-A chicken who used to be scared of Casper as a kid, so you can imagine I was *a little* nervous going into this book, but in the end I didn’t find it as scary as I thought it would be (so if you’re a scaredy cat like me, fret not)! It does have creepy vibes throughout, but I felt that the story’s focus was more on the mystery of who is killing the local children, as well as other themes such as working through grief and loneliness than trying to scare your pants off.

The Dead and the Dark is mainly told from the perspectives of Ashley and Logan, with the occasional jump to other secondary characters. While at first I didn’t really feel any spark between the two, their transition from enemies-to-friends-to-lovers did become so wonderful to read. This book took me a little bit to get into, but after a few chapters I couldn’t put it down! The mystery and the secrets were definitely not predictable and there were a few twists that I definitely didn’t see coming. 

The Dead and the Dark comes out on August 3, 2021 and can be pre-ordered through your local book store. This is a fantastic summer read that I 10/10 would love to see this book made into a movie or TV show! 

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