Find You in the Dark by A. Meredith Walters (1.5 Stars)
Blurb from Goodreads:
Maggie Young had the market on normal. Normal friends, normal parents, normal grades.. normal life. Until him.
Clayton Reed was running from his past and an army of personal demons that threatened to take him down. He never thought he had a chance at happiness. Until her.
Maggie thought their love could overcome anything. Clay thought she was all he needed to fix his messy life. That together, they could face the world. But the darkness is always waiting.
Sometimes the greatest obstacle to true love is within yourself.
One word I felt the entire time I read this book. Exhausting. Sad. And depressing. I’ve heard of this book since last year. But I only got the chance to read this now. Unfortunately, I am not one of those readers who appreciated this book.
From the title itself, I knew that it was going to be a heavy kind of a book. And I’ve been craving books like that so I decided to read this. Unfortunately, it was way to heavy for my tastes. Way way too heavy. Let me start telling my opinion at the very start of the book.
The moment that Clay and Maggie met, I cringed. Because I knew in that moment they were going to be “together”. I wasn’t even interested on the romance aspect. Because in the early start of the book, I’ve already seen moments that make this book, a not-so-good-with-relationship book. But thinking about this, I think the only problem I have with this book is the relationship itself between Clay and Maggie. And it affected everything that happened in the book.
First of all, it affected how Maggie is with her friends, especially her family. When you’re in love, I know that you would do a lot of crazy things, but really? Would you do all those things to your parents? To your friends? I know rebelling and passion is something but what she did is just dang disrespectful and hurtful. Her love for him affected her relationship with her family and friends. She hurt them, snapped at them and lied to them, because of him.
Second, their love affected each other’s action. Love is supposed to be the encouragement that you need to be better, not just for yourself but for your partner. But here, all I see is hurt. They might think that they’re in love. But I don’t think they are, in the context of what I think love is. Love is being natural with someone, being true to yourself, with someone, and not being scared about it.
And most importantly, it affected who they are as a person. Their relationship was toxic enough that it changed who they are, and not in a good way. Maggie became a liar and she became blasé with her parents. She hurt her long time friends that she had ever since. Clay became overly possesive. So posessive it looked like he was a dog and he was marking Mags as territory. He was like a ticking time bomb. Unreasonable and scary. That’s who he is with their relationship.With the abuse he's been doing, its not really that hard to imagine that the book ended as it should.
MY FINAL NOTE
As the book ended, I was surprised to know that it actually has a sequel. Still not sure if I’m to read the next one. But overall, Find You in the Dark is the kind of book that is realistic and a bit extreme.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A. Meredith spent ten years as a counselor for at risk teens and children. First working at a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program and then later a program for children with severe emotional and mental health issues. Her former clients and their stories continue to influence every aspect of her writing.
When not writing (or being tortured with all manner of beauty products at the hand of her very imaginative and extremely girly daughter), she is eating chocolate, watching reality television that could rot your brain and reading a smutty novel or two.
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