Thursday, June 2, 2011

Review Drowning in the Dark by Allison Karass

Title: Drowning in the Dark
Author: Allison Krauss 
Genre: Young Adult 
Publisher: You Come Too Publishing
Number of Pages: N/A: E Book
Source: Sent to me by the author to read

I really enjoyed this short novella by Allison Kraus. 16 yr old Samantha Carvers dad has died recently, leaving her to live with her Aunt and Uncle in Freeport, Oregon.  She really likes her new town, but is still trying to figure out how things work. It's not easy to do when you have a secret to keep. Samantha and her dad hunted demons who take over a person when they die & it turns them into zombies.  Now that he's gone, it's up to her to keep it going.  

Samantha is doing a good job keeping what she does at night until one of the most popular girls at school gets murder. The police have no idea who did it, but quickly zero in on Terry, Samantha's adopted cousin. Samantha knows that he didn't do it-mainly because she knows the signs and they all point to one of the demons that she works so hard to kill did it. She's not sure what to do-she can't tell the police what really happened because they'll think she is crazy, but she can't let her adopted cousin go to jail either.   

The story alternates between what is happening now, and what life was like for Samantha before her dad died. The switching was a little hard to get used to in the beginning, but I quickly grew to liking how we got what happened in the past in little bits and pieces.  For a novella, I felt that the alternating of the story gave Samantha more depth.  This was just a cute, fun, quick read.  I Like all novellas, I just wish it had been longer!