Thursday, September 25, 2014

In the River Darkness by Marlene Röder Review

I won a copy from Goodreads First Reads.

"Mia arrives at a small town by the river, carrying a secret. Her new neighbors, the Stonebrooks, immediately draw her interest. Soon, she meets brothers Alex and Jay. Mia is attracted to Alex, the older handsome brother. They begin dating, but Mia remains guarded, hiding behind an invisible barrier. She also befriends Jay, the gentle dreamer, who spends most of his time at the river, with his mysterious friend, Alina. As the three teens spend more and more time together, strange things start to happen."

Okay, this review is going to be much shorter than usual. That means there won't be any usual little monologues and other things. It is going to be quick and to the point. I think. 

In the River Darkness is terrible at foreshadowing. I could already guess it from the very beginning. However, there was something I didn't know/something I guessed very wrong. In the beginning (the first chapter/prologue), there is a character drowning in the river. I totally guessed wrong on that, and was utterly misleaded throughout the entire book (on that part). On the other hand, I remained quite spot on for the most part. Anyway, foreshadowing was too obvious and the suspense wasn't really killing me.

But it wasn't boring. 

In the River Darkness is told from three characters, Jay, Mia, and Alex. Alex and Mia are the couple of this book while Jay is the little brother of Alex and quite the dreamer. Let me cut the chase, alright? Jay is the weird guy who always hangs around the river and talk about his imaginary friend even though he is about sixteen or fifteen. Alex has mommy issues. Mia, who always wear black, has issues with her ex-boyfriend who shagged her and then left her. Plus, she seems to also possess a dark side. Oops, was that spoilers? Oh, well. Now you know these characters. 

The ending isn't that bad actually. That is all I'm going to say. Oh, no. Not all. It is not a "Happily Ever After," but it will do. 


Oh, yes. Overall, In the River Darkness isn't a bad book. It is actually better than average but the characters can improve (like Jay or Mia, because they are people/characters who I can't connect with; and even Alex seems creepy at times). But it does an excellent job of entertaining me for two hours or more. And it certainly wasn't boring, and the writing is decent, and the plot is easy enough to follow.

Rating: Three out of Five

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