Book & Author Details:
The Darkness Within by Lisa Stone
Publication date: September 12th 2017
A gripping new thriller debut that asks the question, how deep in our hearts does evil lie?
When critically ill Jacob Wilson is given a life-saving heart transplant, his parents are relieved that their loving son has been saved.
However, before long, his family are forced to accept that something has changed in Jacob. Their once loving son is slowly being replaced by a violent man whose mood swings leave them terrified – but is it their fault?
Jacob’s girlfriend, Rosie, is convinced the man she loves is suffering from stress. But when his moods turn on her, she begins to doubt herself – and she can only hide the bruises for so long.
When a terrible crime is committed, Jacob’s family are forced to confront their darkest fears. Has the boy they raised become a monster? Or is someone else to blame?
This book has me in two minds. The premise of the story is intriguing, and drew me in. And, there are elements of the story which are really well handled.
There are, however, a couple of issues for me which took the shine off the tale. The first is the pacing – it gets a bit boggy in places. The second is how everyone reacts to Jacob – and that, I admit, is a biggie. No one calls him out on his behaviour at all – he is just allowed to spiral.
I will say that the pacing did pick up towards the end and that made the story more engaging, but for me, this missed the mark just a little.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
As a writer of suspense thrillers I often ask myself what if? What if this happened instead of that? Or why a particular person reacted as they did. So often fact is stranger than fiction; these books start with a fact which I develop.
I live in England, have 3 children, and 27 books published under the pseudonym Cathy Glass, many of which have become bestsellers.