This is an AMAZING novel guaranteed to have readers up far past a reasonable bedtime. Since Natalie does not speak the story is told in a series of journal entries which gives this text an intimate peek into the main character's thoughts and emotions. Hieber has done an solid job of creating characters of substance, even those that only walk across a few pages. The reader is drawn into the society and city of New York in the 1880s with all it's texture and grit. Anyone familiar with New York City will recognize landmarks such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art (just a few years old at the time of this novel) and the Angel of the Waters in Central Park. While the homage to Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray is evident, Darker Still is a wholly different novel that will resonate with readers. Highly Recommended.
Recommended for Readers Of:
Oscar Wilde, Maggie Stiefvater, Kady Cross, Lia Habel
2. Interesting Characters
3. Vivid world building