The Restless Dark

The Restless Dark
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October 04, 2022
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Enter Cloudkiss Canyon at your own risk. 
Sadie meets Wilder Girls in this unnerving tale about the struggle for survival, the twisted satisfaction of revenge, and the darkness hiding in all of us. From Erica Waters, the acclaimed author of Ghost Wood Song and The River Has Teeth,this mystery will haunt you to the end.
The Cloudkiss Killer is dead. Now a true-crime podcast is hosting a contest to find his bones.

Lucy was almost the serial killer’s final victim. Carolina is a true-crime fan who fears her own rage. Maggie is a psychology student with a little too much to hide.

All of them are looking for answers, for a new identity, for a place to bury their secrets.

But there are more than bones hiding in the shadows…sometimes the darkness inside is more frightening than anything the dead leave behind.

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The Restless Dark is definitely a plot driven books. A podcast hosting an event on finding the Cloudkiss Killer's bones for a prize, what better PR for them? It brings in a slew of contestants including the "final girl" Lucy. The pacing of the book is fantastic and I flew through the book. While I figured out what was happening really early in the book, the setting and atmosphere was perfect. It brings delusions and paranoia to the contestants being in the constant fog. I really did enjoy the way the story unfolded and thought that was the most interesting part.

The story is told through two points of views, Lucy and Carolina. Both of the narrators are unreliable which really helps build the plot of what's going on. I love Carolina. Honestly, I would have been happy if the whole story was from her point of view. She comes to this event to see if she is evil as her father made her believe. Lucy was alright. I didn't like her as much but her story is very important to this book. The final person in the trio is Maggie, who has an instant attraction to Lucy and tries to help Lucy get over her fear. Honestly, I think I would have been happier if there was no romance in this book. It was just so fast and felt like it was just needed for the story.

Overall, The Restless Dark was an interesting book but with a more solid plot than characters. I really enjoyed the unfolding of the book. It was predictable but I still flew through the book itself. The only character I really liked was Carolina but they are all unreliable narrators due to their own trauma. I didn't buy the "romance" in this book but I pushed past it since I really didn't care for the characters as well. But with a great atmosphere, the plot is set up for a great story where paranoia is everywhere and who will surrender to it.
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