Book Review: Into the Dark by Fiona Cummins


One late autumn morning, Piper’s best friend arrives at Seawings to discover an eerie scene – the kettle is still warm, all the family’s phones are charging on the worktop, the cars are in the garage. But the house is deserted. 

In fifteen-year-old Riva Holden’s bedroom, scrawled across the mirror in blood, are three words: 


What happens next?


I’d never heard of this book or the author before. It just popped up on BorrowBox one day and I thought it sounded intriguing. Into the Dark didn’t let me down. Kudos to the library for continually introducing us to new reading experiences.

The most important thing in a thriller: can you guess the ending? I’d no idea what was coming in Into the Dark. There were a few red herrings where I thought I had it all figured out but it caught me in the end.

But it’s not all about the ending. It’s about the journey too, which was made all the better by Piper and best friend Julianne. Both women test our expectation around friendship and motherhood. They both have obvious flaws and, at times, it’s very easy to dislike them. It makes the book even between because not only do you not know what the outcome will be, you also don’t know what you want it to be. As well as Piper and Julianne, the majority of the characters in this book are multifaceted and well-thought out.

Sounds up your street? Pick up a copy here.


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