When she as four years old, Ari was handed over to the custody of the state and her mother disappeared. Thirteen years later, she is looking for answers. That search will take her to New 2, as New Orleans is now known.
But the city is not what it once was. After being ravaged by hurricanes, the city was purchased by nine families who are intent on creating a place for those who are different. Rumors abound about what the city is now like, as the US government no longer has any part of governing the city.
But Ari will brave anything to learn about her past and to break the curse that looms over her. Every woman in her family has had a daughter and has died before her 21st birthday. Ari refuses to be the next.
What follows is the first installment in a new series by Kelly Keaton titled Darkness Becomes Her.
I have to tell you, I was completely transfixed while reading this; I couldn’t put it down. Keaton weaves a tale that leaves you on the edge of your seat, waiting to see what will happen. The twists and turns seem to be never-ending. There are parts where the prose seems to drag, but these sections serve to both describe the history and set up for the story going forward. These sections are informational without being dull, which can be difficult for an author to do.
Keaton also creates a family of misfits to which any reader would be happy to belong. After being on the outside and shuffled from foster home to foster home, Ari finds kindred spirits among others with special gifts and uncommon parentage.
Keaton keeps the reader guessing right until the very end. Darkness Becomes Her is in no way short on surprises and leaves you wanting more!
Keaton’s novel is a classic example of the down side to getting a copy of a story to read in advance. This novel has yet to be published, and I am already waiting in anticipation for the next installment! I cannot wait to see what happens to Ari and her friends.
Robin Gwaro is a founding book review blogger at Bookgateway.com and has generously supplied this review. She describes herself as “a woman just trying to keep it all together. Most days, I have the juggling act down! Others, I have the broom and dustpan handy to clean up the mess. My life is not always easy, it is not always neat, but it is always worth every minute!” Her personal blog is Just Wandering. Not Lost.
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