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And Darkness Waits: When Fear Descends Into Madness by C.K. Post

And Darkness Waits: When Fear Descends into Madness - C.K. Post

It's going to be a bit difficult to fully review And Darkness Waits: When Fear Descends Into Madness without spoilers, so please pardon the following vague review. This is the type of story that is best experienced by going into with as little information as possible. Most good thrillers are.

One of my favorite things about this book is that it features an unreliable narrator. It quickly becomes apparent that Jeffrey isn't entirely certain about this own mental state. Post plays off that well, creating a slow descent into a place where nothing is quite what it seems. Little snippets of a childhood that was forgotten float to the surface, and show themselves in unexpected ways. I admit, I felt a lot of empathy for for Jeffrey. Uncovering the darkest parts of yourself is a terrifying process, but even more so when those parts end up being much deeper and darker than you expected.

What didn't quite vibe for me was the lack of tension that was built up. The story itself was solid, and there was a lot of great potential for some very tense and terrifying scenes. Maybe it's because I read a lot of thrillers and horror, but the intensity of these scenes just didn't manifest for me. There would be that moment of knowing that someone was about to die, it would happen, and then the story would move forward. It didn't seem like the characters felt too concerned for their own well-being, despite their comrades dropping like flies. As the story neared its ending, I slightly understood why. Still, it would have been fitting to have a little more dread built into this story. Jeffrey might have felt it, but it didn't translate into my reading experience.

As for the ending, I'll admit that I figured out that it was coming before it happened. I didn't mind so much, because it was stil a nice touch. My one real qualm was that the ending of this book wasn't quite the resolution that I was hoping for. I was still waiting for some of my questions to be answered.

Overall though, And Darkness Waits: When Fear Descends Into Madness is a solid way to spend a few hours. It's a quick read, that has a good amount of twists and turns, without giving too much away all at once.