Received from NetGalley for review.
Holy headfuck. That’s about as succinct as I can get for this book. For 80% of it I thought I had it figured out, man was I wrong. It’s part ghost story, part romance, with a whole lot of dark twisty mystery thrown in at the end for good measure. And it’s done so well. This book wasn’t really what I was expecting but it was fantastic nonetheless.
A Magic Dark and Bright tells the story of Amelia, who is haunted by the death of her brother and a ghostly woman in white, during the summer before her senior year is due to start. Enter Charlie Blue, grandson of the strange woman next door who everyone thinks is a witch, and insta-attraction. Aside from the strange ghost lady I couldn’t really see where the magic and weirdness was going to come from at this point but it soon started making an appearance. I wasn’t sure about the blossoming relationship between Amelia and Charlie at first, either, but it slowly turned into a very sweet romance that I really enjoyed reading about. In fact, Amelia, Charlie and Leah (Amelia’s best friend) were just wonderful characters in general.
The presence of the ghostly woman has Amelia confused – who is she and what does she want? She can’t help but think she’s connected to her brother, Mark. Throughout the novel she tries to figure out why the woman keeps appearing to her, with the help of Charlie, Leah, and her mother’s intern, Ransom. That by itself would be a story, but then mysterious deaths start happening – all girls, all in the nearby river, and all ruled as suicides by the police. There is so much going on and it all seems to be interconnected, it’s just a case of figuring out how.
The nice thing about this book is it does about ten different things at once – ghost story, romance, mystery, witches, ghosts etc. – but it does them in a way that makes sense, and even though they seemed a bit scattered to me to begin with, they all come together in the end. A fast paced and incredibly interesting read, I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series.
Oh, and a note to Perinovic: that ending was cruel, I need to know what happens next!
Read: April 10th-12th 2015