Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Darkest Part by Trisha Wolfe, including my rave review and a GIVEAWAY! You can follow along with the rest of the tour here.
The Darkest Part
Release Date: 08/06/13
Summary from Goodreads:
Pressing the boundaries of both the psyche and the heart, Sam and Holden embark on a dangerous journey that will test the limits of love.
Sam Wintry’s life used to be almost perfect. She was engaged to her childhood best friend and high school sweetheart, Tyler Marks, planning an amazing cross-country honeymoon during her college break. But after a hit-and-run leaves her in ruin, she begins seeing Tyler’s fractured, ghostly presence, and her family believes she’s losing her mind. Not until she completes their journey, stopping along the way to scatter Tyler's remains, will Tyler be able cross over. Only...is Sam ready for him to leave her?
When the black sheep of the Marks' family, Holden Marks, returns to check on Tyler's case, Sam convinces him to give her his brother's ashes. Despite their shaky history, she needs him...plus, he owes it to Sam and his brother. What she doesn’t count on is Holden’s relentlessness to go on the trip.
On the road, Holden realizes just how unhinged Sam has become. Dealing with her psychosis forces him to confront his dark past, making it harder to keep secrets hidden that should remain buried. Especially from Sam, the only woman he’s ever loved. And as Sam starts to unravel the truth, she begins to question if the brother she's unwillingly falling for again is in an even darker place than her.
The Darkest Part was one of the best, most original and well-thought-out new adult novels I’ve read, and it was also a great introduction to author Trisha Wolfe. From the book description, The Darkest Part appears to be a ghost story—both literal and figurative—about a young woman, Sam, trying to get over the sudden death of her boyfriend Tyler. Since Tyler’s death, Sam has been able to see and talk to his ghost, and she finally decides that taking the road trip she and Tyler had planned as their honeymoon will be the only way to put his spirit (and her own grief) to rest. For various reasons, Tyler’s older brother Holden ends up accompanying Sam on the trip, and we soon discover that Sam and Holden have a history of their own.
The Darkest Part is a novel with a lot of layers and depth, and it’s apparent from the beginning that there’s more to Tyler and Sam’s story, and Tyler and Holden’s, and Sam and Tyler’s, than what we learn in the first few chapters. The book is full of secrets the characters are keeping from each other and from themselves, and beyond the surface plot, the novel is about getting to the heart of those secrets—to “the darkest part.” While I had my suspicions about at least a few of the revelations from the beginning, my guesses and questions only made me want to read more, as did the interesting and unique characters. Holden and Sam’s slow-burning relationship is truly epic and romantic. The various places Holden and Sam go on their road trip are unique and brought to life very well, and I especially loved the use of tree imagery in so many ways throughout the book (even visually, as section breaks). The image of the tree with its many layers and hidden depths worked perfectly to encapsulate the thematic “roots” (yes, painful pun intended!) of the novel.
Altogether, The Darkest Part is a high-quality, well-put-together new adult novel that’s perfect for readers looking for darkness, depth, and a bit of a psychological mystery along with their NA romance.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I’m the author of the YA Steampunk DESTINY'S FIRE (Omnific Publishing), ASTARTE'S WRATH NA Historical/Supernatural, and the upcoming YA Utopian FIREBLOOD from Spencer Hill Press, October 2013. My NA Dark Fantasy OF SILVER AND BEASTS available May 2013.
I’m the creator of YA Bound, a promotional site for the Young Adult genre. Also a member of SCWW and The Apocalypsies.
A proud business owner, I'm partnered with my partner, my husband. When I’m not busy doing all of the above, I’m a wife and the mother of a gorgeous teen boy who's the sounding board for my male characters.