Described as “The Picture of Dorian Gray meets Pride and Prejudice, with a dash of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”, Darker Still is set in New York City. The year is 1882 and Natalie Stewart hasn’t spoken a word since her mother died when she was 4 years old. The city is abuzz with anticipation at the acquisition of a beautiful painting of an equally beautiful man, Lord Denbury. Everyone is drawn to the very life-like painting, and Natalie begins to notice small changes in the piece of art each time she looked at it. In actuality, it is Denbury’s soul that has been trapped inside the painting and he must try to get someone to help him escape.
Let me first say, what a nice refreshing change it is to have a paranormal book not be about vampires. Don’t get me wrong, there definitely are some vampire stories that I’ve enjoyed, but I feel that market is so saturated now. Darker Still reminded me how much I love a good ol’ ghost story. Told in the point-of-view of Natalie writing in her diary, the reader really gets to experience the mute world that Natalie lives, right alongside her.
Like Nancy Drew with a touch of magic, Hieber tells a familiar story with her own twist to it. The characters are well established, the writing is consistent with the time period and equally as elegantly told. I was curious as to how the story was going to wrap up, knowing that it was book 1 of a series but it definitely leaves it open for more – and I cannot wait! I honestly hadn’t heard too much about the book, but I’m so glad that I picked it up. Sleeper hit of the season!
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (4.5/5 stars)
Darker Still is currently available in stores.
I received this eARC from Sourcebooks Fire via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
A little treat from the good folks at Sourcebooks, a blog badge with the handsome Denbury (hence “Denburylicious”)