Title: The Darkness within Ourselves
Author: Jessica Huntley
Publishing Date: 02.04.2021
Amber and her four best friends are about to reach their teenage years when the unthinkable happens; one of her friends, Kieran, is killed in a freak accident.
Twenty years later, Amber no longer speaks to her friends and is still haunted by that day in the form of severe psychological issues, including sleep paralysis, insomnia and hallucinations of a terrifying entity she calls The Creature.
But it isn’t just in her head; it is real.
Unbeknown to Amber, her former friends have also been suffering from their own psychological nightmares, each trapped and twisted into people they no longer recognise.
Then a piece of evidence is found from that day and Amber and her former friends are forced to relive the events leading up to Kieran’s death, learning truths along the way that they would rather not know about themselves.
Can they work together to rid themselves of their demons and find out what really happened to Kieran all those years ago?
First of all, I love the cover! It’s one of those covers that makes you curious about the story. I was expecting some dark secrets with twisted and mysterious situations. I wasn’t really disappointed. The story started with a big event: the death of Kieran. He and his friends played an innocent game but with a tragic ending. And from that day, nothing was the same for the other 4 friends. They started to suffer mental illness and unfortunately they don’t have a solution for it.
The plot is pretty interesting. The characters and their mental problems are well described, at the beginning you don’t know if it’s in their minds or is everything real. The only problem is the writing style. But for a debut novel, The Darkness within ourselves is a captivating thriller. Thank you Lovebookstours for my copy in exchange for an honest review.
Jessica is a full time mum and lives in Edinburgh. She loves keeping fit, reading and writing and taking her dog on long walks. She grew up in Wales and wrote many books when she was a child and has dreamed of becoming a published author all her life. Previous careers include Intelligence Analyst in the Army, Personal Trainer and Process Expert.