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I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. All opinions are honest and my own.Darcy Lane by James T. Graham
As she sat in her bed reading from a book, seven-year-old Elise Rose was unaware that her childhood would be over by morning. She was too young to know that violent hands played cruel tricks or that innocence held little fight against cheap beer and cigarette butts. After the trauma of childhood, Elise, now twenty years old, walks the streets in need of escape. The town around her has become stained and the ghost of a loved one will not let her rest. So, when she stumbles across an isolated house at the end of Darcy Lane, she believes that she has found the thing that she needs more than any other. The house is away from town, surrounded by green fields and absent of the memories that she would rather forget. The house is bright in the morning sun and soon becomes lodged in her imagination. So, the question is set. How far is she willing to go in search of absolution?
Published by Austin Macauley on October 30, 2020
Source: Indie Reader
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Darcy Lane is a quick read about childhood trauma. The protagonist witnesses some heavy experiences as a seven-year-old in the first chapter. Then, the following chapter begins with her being 20 and the story truly begins.
I had a hard time getting through this read. Within the first couple of pages, strong language is used in a harsh scene. There were no trigger warnings for domestic abuse at all. I expected the rest of the book to be that way and I almost didn’t continue because of it. But I decided to give it a little longer and was able to finish the book.
However, the pacing wasn’t consistent and the dialogue didn’t flow well. It was a difficult read because of that, let alone the content. Plus, there were a decent amount of typos that drew me out.
Overall, I think this book has potential. The plot of healing from childhood trauma is great, but I think it could have been done better.
Rating: 2/5 Coffee Cups
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Rachel Poli is an indie author, podcaster, and content writer working on her debut cozy mystery novel.
Although she favors mystery, Rachel is a multi-genre author with too many ideas and characters in her head, often experimenting with short stories and flash fiction.
When she’s not writing, she’s reading, organizing something, or playing video games. She currently resides in New England with her zoo.