WATCH FOR IT: The Familiar Dark by Amy Engel (5 out of 5)

I often receive books, often manuscripts, from my friends/reps at publishing companies. Stefan, one of our reps at Penguin Random House, had asked another rep at PRH to send this to me so I could read and review it. I read it back in September and it Knocked. Me. Out. There is something so Lovely Bones about the vibe surrounding the book.

You can’t get your hands on it yet; scheduled release date is March 31, 2020. I strongly encourage you to put it on your to be read list for March! Strongly encourage! While it is a hard premise to grasp and read, it is a great read and it will likely rouse many book clubs from slumber with its discussions. I have a hunch it will end up adapted as a movie somewhere. Just a hunch.

In the poorest part of the Missouri Ozarks, Eve Taggert is barely making ends beat in a town that seems determined to bring her down. That comes soon enough when Eve’s police officer brother shows up at work to inform her that her 12-year old daughter Junie and her daughter’s best friend Izzy, have been found murdered in the school playground. What follows is a mother’s heartbroken vow for vengeance on the souls of those who took the girls’ lives. That old saying, be careful what you wish for, you just might get it? It would definitely apply here. Eve’s hard won war with the secrets the town, her family, and Izzy’s family are keeping is another dimension to this sad story. It wrings you out from the moment you pick up the book, and as things begin to unfurl and be revealed, you are stunned. I was absolutely blown away and sickened by the ending, but that’s why this novel is stunning. It will stay with you. I read it in under a week, but months later, I am still reeling from it. Come March, everyone will see for themselves. Definitely one of the best books I have read in awhile.

~ by generationgbooks on December 28, 2019.

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