Darkness Before Dawn by Claire Contreras
Published June 8, 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Genres New Adult, Romance, Mystery, Suspense
Buy on Amazon http://amzn.to/1ROW2Vg
I always make sure not to add any spoilers in my reviews, but you absolutely have to read the first book, There is No Light in Darkness, before reading this book. The first book ends on a cliffhanger and this book picked up right where the first left off. Just like the first book, I was captivated from the first page and read the book in 1 day. In this book, obviously something terrible has happened and Blake has been kidnapped. Cole is beside himself trying to figure out what happened and find her. The chapters alternate between Blake’s perspective and Cole’s perspective, which was an interesting change from the first book and I really did enjoy the author’s writing style. The beginning of this book is more centered around the mystery of Blake and Cole’s past, as well as Blake’s kidnapping. The middle of the book is more focused on their relationship and what they are doing to move forward. The end of the book is kind of a mix of the two and there is another climatic event involving their background.
It’s hard for me to explain a lot of the plot without feeling like I am giving away parts of the story. I did get a little confused when eventually a family member is trying to explain this to Blake and Cole about the family. I felt like I needed a family tree drawn out, while Cole also asks for in the book. This book answered all of the questions from the first book and tied everything together. Although is had less of a mystery aspect, there was still a great of suspense. This book is longer and actually lets us get to know everyone from the first book a little bit better, in addition to adding in new characters. And because half of the book is written from Cole’s point of view, we also get to know what is going on inside of his head. This book also continues to deal with issues such as family, loss, friendship and learning to move on and accept where and who you came from. This book also contains sexual content, but once again, I didn’t find it to be over the top. There was only one line in the book that made me cringe. I can usually find at least one in every New Adult type book. Sometimes the authors just go a bit overboard but Claire Contreras I have found is great at keeping things sounding realistic, for the most part. Overall, I really enjoyed this book, as well as the first. I really enjoyed the ending of this book as well, I thought it was perfect.
If you bought the Kindle version of this book like I did, the Epilogue is also now included in the book. I fond the Epilogue to also be fantastic and I love it when author’s include that at the end of a series. It gives you the feeling that you understood where the characters went after the end of the book. In this case, it skips forward 5 years and is about 30 pages long, which is perfect as we get to know where everyone from the books is and what their life is like.