Book Review: The Storm and the Darkness by: Sarah M. Cradit

Rating: 5/5

Publication Date: July 6, 2013

Origins:  From Author for Review

Format:  E-book

Order Links:  Amazon

Synopsis: Ana Deschanel has made a terrible mistake. The only chance of protecting the other people involved is to flee New Orleans, the only home she has ever known, for the quiet solitude of Summer Island.

Summer Island, Maine (population 202) is not the tranquil escape Ana imagined. The locals are distant and cold, especially her neighbor, the reclusive veterinarian Jonathan St. Andrews. Her only lifeline is the kind but odd caretaker Alex Whitman. Showing up at all the right moments, he warns her she is completely unprepared for a Maine winter. As the first winter storm approaches to whispers of an island shutdown- Ana realizes that she may soon be cut off from the rest of the world.

After a surprising encounter with Jonathan’s brother, Finn, Ana finds herself braving the storm to return something to him. Unprepared for the Maine storm, she slips and falls onto the jagged rocks along the shore. The St. Andrews brothers find her in the nick of time, but she remains unconscious. As the storm worsens, the St. Andrews brothers learn there are other, more sinister forces at work closer than they ever imagined.

With no help from the outside world, they must find a way to protect themselves from both the storm, and the growing darkness that looms across the island.

Review: ‘The Storm and the Darkness’ is an enthralling character-driven story. Ana Deschanel is trying to run away from her mistakes, so she goes to her house on Summer Island in Maine. Of course, she picks the worst time to go, when the winter storms are threatening. The locals give her the cold shoulder and her only friend on the island is the strange caretaker, Alex Whitman. Her chance encounters with the St. Andrews brothers next door leave her both hot and cold. Yet there are more deadly things out on the island than just the winter storms. Even Ana, with her unusual ability may not be strong enough to survive the vicious evil coming her way.

‘The Storm and the Darkness’ is the second book in The House of Crimson and Clover series, but this felt like a stand-alone novel to me. The characters are very well-developed and the fact we saw events through each ones’ eyes gives readers a more in-depth view of the events. ‘The Storm and the Darkness’ is a brilliant mix of mystery, horror, action, and romance with supernatural elements. The pace seemed perfect to me and as much as I didn’t want the book to end, I was compelled to finish it. Ms. Cradit has a exceptional way with words and weaves a wondrous tale. Don’t miss this book!

House of Crimson and Clover series: St. Charles at Dusk (1), The Storm and the Darkness (2), The Illusions of Eventide (3)

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