Saturday, May 9, 2020

Review: The Dark In-Between by Elizabeth Hrib

by Elizabeth Hrib
Swoon Reads
YA Paranormal
May 5, 2020

Action-packed and emotionally powerful like big- and small-screen hits such as The Sixth Sense and SupernaturalThe Dark In-Between by Elizabeth Hrib is sure to stay with you long after the lights go out.

Something lurks in the shadows between life and death.

A terrible accident brings sixteen-year-old Casey Everett’s life to a halt—literally. Pulled from the water, Casey is rushed to the hospital and miraculously revived. But her sudden return to the living is shadowed by the drowning of her best friend, Liddy.

Overcome with grief, Casey returns home for the summer only to find the memories of the accident won’t let her go. Shadow-drenched nightmares. Whispers in the back of her mind. Her friend’s screams. Casey thinks she’s losing it… until she watches a boy fall from the sky.

Red—an angel fallen to earth to regain his wings—takes her to Limbo, a place that exists somewhere between the living and the dead. Now, in order to save her best friend, Casey must learn to walk these mysterious and dangerous paths or else risk losing Liddy’s trapped soul to something worse than death.


I was looking forward to diving into these pages after reading the blurb, and it ended up being even better than I expected.

Ready for a little fun, Casey and her best friend, Liddy, 'borrow' a boat but end up in an accident, which leaves Liddy dead. Casey is crushed, especially after having gone through the death of her parents several years before. But with the school year starting again, and the memory and other nightmares haunting her, it's hard for her to find a way to cope with everything. She's more or less finding her way thanks to her other best friend until an angel crash lands right in front of her car on a dark night and lonely street. She learns that thanks to a bond her and Liddy share, Liddy is stuck and Limbo and only she can help her find her way out. But Liddy's soul isn't the only thing at risk. As Casey's tether to Liddy has opened a way for demons to enter the world...ones that would like nothing more than to destroy everything.

This book hooks from the very first page. Liddy and Casey hit with carefree and reckless freedom before hitting with a tragic and gut-wrenching accident. It's hard not to like and feel for Casey right away. She might have made a mistake, but it was just that...a silly mistake. She is actually a very caring, down-to-earth girl, who is easy to root for and like. The situation she finds herself in is not only deliciously creepy, but it's unique and intriguing. The entire thing has the perfect mix of darkness, romance and a tad bit of humor, making it simply a grabbing read.

Tension lines smoothly the whole way through, building with every page. It's hard to predict what will happen next. Even the romance surprised me and took a unique twist. I was afraid it'd hit the side of cliche, but it managed to steer down its own path. So, extra kudos for that!

I can really recommend this one to fans of YA paranormal and can't wait to see what this author turns out next.

And here she is...

Elizabeth Hrib was born and raised in London, Ontario where she studied nursing at Western University. She now calls the East Coast home, where she works as a nurse in Halifax. When she’s not working or writing, she can be found at the piano, planning her next Netflix binge, or attempting to keep her small, windowsill garden alive.

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