Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Book Review: Where Darkness Blooms by Andrea Hannah

Title: Where Darkness Blooms
Author: Andrea Hannah
Genre: Horror; Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
Publication Date: February 21, 2023
Publisher: Wednesday Books

The town of Bishop is known for exactly two things: recurring windstorms and an endless field of sunflowers that stretches farther than the eye can see. And women—missing women. So when three more women disappear one stormy night, no one in Bishop is surprised. The case is closed and their daughters are left in their dusty shared house with the shattered pieces of their lives. Until the wind kicks up a terrible secret at their mothers’ much-delayed memorial.

With secrets come the lies each of the girls is forced to confront. After caring for the other girls, Delilah would like to move on with her boyfriend, Bennett, but she can’t bear his touch. Whitney has already lost both her mother and her girlfriend, Eleanor, and now her only solace is an old weathervane that seems to whisper to her. Jude, Whitney's twin sister, would rather ignore it all, but the wind kicks up her secret too: the summer fling she had with Delilah's boyfriend. And more than anything, Bo wants answers and she wants them now. Something happened to their mothers and the townsfolk know what it was. She’s sure of it.

Bishop has always been a strange town. But what the girls don’t know is that Bishop was founded on blood—and now it craves theirs


* I received a review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.*

Hello Fellow Reader,

I really wanted to love this, I mean just look at that gorgeous cover! The synopsis is what hooked me as I am a sucker for a good mystery and thriller but unfortunately this just didn't hook me. There are a lot of themes this book tries to cover, and some they do successfully while others just fall flat. There are four characters and each chapter is a different POV but all the characters seem to have the same voice,  sometimes I just lost track of who was narrating. This would have benefitted with one (or two if absolutely needed) main character and the others being side characters. I think it would have helped focus the story more and make it more cohesive. 

There's not too much I can say without giving away the plot, but there were a lot of things that didn't seem to make sense and a lot of plot holes. Maybe Hannah needed to split the book and make it a bit longer as the author seemed to want to add so much but only had a limited amount to do it. There are also a lot of unanswered questions I was left with. Where Darkness Blooms took me longer to read than I would like as I kept stopping and almost didn't finish it but I was really hoping this would get better. 

Overall, not for me but it might be for you. 

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