Title: The Darkest Part by Trisha Wolfe
Published: August 6th, 2013
Source: Provided by author for review
Group age: New adult / adult
Genre: Contemporary romance
Grade rate: B
Pressing the boundaries of both the psyche and the heart, Sam and Holden embark on a dangerous journey that will test the limits of love.
Sam Wintry’s life used to be almost perfect. She was engaged to her childhood best friend and high school sweetheart, Tyler Marks, planning an amazing cross-country honeymoon during her college break. But after a hit-and-run leaves her in ruin, she begins seeing Tyler’s fractured, ghostly presence, and her family believes she’s losing her mind. Not until she completes their journey, stopping along the way to scatter Tyler's remains, will Tyler be able cross over. Only...is Sam ready for him to leave her?
When the black sheep of the Marks' family, Holden Marks, returns to check on Tyler's case, Sam convinces him to give her his brother's ashes. Despite their shaky history, she needs him...plus, he owes it to Sam and his brother. What she doesn’t count on is Holden’s relentlessness to go on the trip.
On the road, Holden realizes just how unhinged Sam has become. Dealing with her psychosis forces him to confront his dark past, making it harder to keep secrets hidden that should remain buried. Especially from Sam, the only woman he’s ever loved. And as Sam starts to unravel the truth, she begins to question if the brother she's unwillingly falling for again is in an even darker place than her.
When I read the synopsis for this book I thought I was embarking in a great ghost story. Instead I found myself reading of love, loss, heartbreak and redemption. It was indeed a great read.
The beginning of The Darkest Part finds Sam in very bad shape, both physically and emotionally, dealing with the aftermath of Tyler’s death months prior. She has not find a way to more on and still hangs on to Tyler and their planned future together. She has pushed everyone out and rejected everyone’s help, and lives hanging on with both hands to his memories. Enter Holden, Tyler’s older brother, which shares a past with Sam and a very painful one with Tyler.
Sam and Holden are both artists, volatile and dealing with loss in different ways. The reason that I didn’t give the book an A is due to Sam’s whining. Yes, I know that she had been through a lot, but all the back and forth going on in her mind was aggravating. I would have read Tyler’s diary in one sitting and get it over with. A lot of angst could have been saved.
The plot is complicated by the Mark’s brothers past and their insistence of keeping it hidden. I didn’t expect the ending thus it was well executed. I always like to read about road trips and this one is momentous for Sam and Holden. They find a lot about themselves, about the past and about each other. The characterization is well executed and the writing is flawless.
I am glad that Sam came to the realization that she needed help, that true love can be experienced more than once in a lifetime and that it was okay to let go. I am likely glad that Holden came clean and found a way to deal with his demons and let his true self come through.
Overall, The Darkest Part is a very good addition to the New Adult genre. I really enjoy the story and also the ending. Please be aware that there is a lot of language, sexual references, use of substances, and explicit sex scenes; definitely for the older reader.
About the cover: I really like this cover. I life the subtle contrast of colors, the play on the dark and light theme and how the tree (every significant throughout) is portrait in the font.
About the Author
I’m the author of the YA Steampunk DESTINY'S FIRE (Omnific Publishing), ASTARTE'S WRATH NA Historical/Supernatural, and the upcoming YA Utopian FIREBLOOD from Spencer Hill Press, October 2013. My NA Dark Fantasy OF SILVER AND BEASTS available May 2013.
I’m the creator of YA Bound, a promotional site for the Young Adult genre. Also a member of SCWW and The Apocalypsies.
A proud business owner, I'm partnered with my partner, my husband. When I’m not busy doing all of the above, I’m a wife and the mother of a gorgeous teen boy who's the sounding board for my male characters.
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