skull is found deep in the swamp next to mysterious carved symbols, Bottom Springs is thrown into uproar—and Ruth realizes only she and Everett, an old friend with a dark past, have the power to comb the town's secret underbelly in search of true evil.
A dark and powerful novel like fans have come to expect from Ashley Winstead, Midnight is the Darkest Hour is an examination of the ways we've come to expect love, religion, and stories to save us, the lengths we have to go to in order to take back power, and the monstrous work of being a girl in this world.
"Where The Crawdads Sing meets Twilight meets Thelma and Louise in this brilliantly realized, totally original thriller. Absolutely sensational—I couldn't put it down." —Clare Mackintosh, New York Times bestselling author
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I’ve been on the fence with how I should rate this one because I both loved it and hated it. Some things that I loved is how authentic it felt in terms of the deep-rooted religious beliefs in the south and how far people are willing to go to protect their beliefs. I also think the author did a great job when it came to making her characters fit into the story she was telling. However, I wasn’t a huge fan of what was hidden BEHIND these religious beliefs. I don’t want to say because it’ll spoil the book, but I personally don’t feel like it really fits into the story. I think the author could have stuck with one twist instead of making it so much bigger. Sometimes twists on twists are just too much for one book. In the end though, this one has been sticking with me so I can’t give it anything less than it deserves which is 4 stars.
If you enjoy bleak southern novels that dabble in religion/hysteria, the occult, and some pretty sadistic characters who hide behind what they preach then this is a must read. It’s a slow burn and there were moments where I just wanted it to be over, but I did enjoy the story overall.
𝗣𝗘𝗥𝗙𝗘𝗖𝗧 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗙𝗔𝗡𝗦 𝗢𝗙
❥ Sothern Thrillers
❥ Slow Burn Thrillers
❥ Character driven stories
𝗠𝗬 𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗡𝗚: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
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