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The Dead and the Dark

By Courtney Gould
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Publisher Description

"Imagine Riverdale crossing streams with Stephen King's The Outsider and you'll get a sense of this gripping supernatural mystery...Gould's debut begins as a snappy paranormal yarn and unspools into a profound story about the complex interplay between grief, guilt, and identity." - Oprah Daily

Courtney Gould’s thrilling YA debut The Dead and the Dark is about the things that lurk in dark corners, the parts of you that can’t remain hidden, and about finding home in places—and people—you didn’t expect.

The Dark has been waiting—and it won't stay hidden any longer.

Something is wrong in Snakebite, Oregon. Teenagers are disappearing, some turning up dead, the weather isn’t normal, and all fingers point to TV’s most popular ghost hunters who have just come to town.

Logan Ortiz-Woodley, daughter of TV's ParaSpectors, has never been to Snakebite before. But the moment she and her dads arrive, she starts to get the feeling that there's more than ghosts plaguing this small town. Ashley Barton’s boyfriend was the first teen to go missing, and she’s felt his ghost following her ever since. Although everyone shuns the Ortiz-Woodleys, the mysterious Logan may be the only person who can help Ashley get some answers.

When Ashley and Logan team up to figure out who—or what—is haunting Snakebite, their investigation reveals truths about the town, their families, and themselves that neither of them are ready for. As the danger intensifies, they realize that their growing feelings for each other could be a light in the darkness.

108 Reviews

Thinking Face“I've been wanting to read this books for awhile and I can say I'm a little disappointed. It might have been better if it were in first person rather than third, and I also found myself skipping parts. Otherwise it's an okay paranormal read”
Multi-layered charactersEasy to readTwistyImmersive settingRealistic settingComing of ageDarkHomophobiaViolenceUnsatisfying plot
Thinking Face“I don’t know what to think of this book. I read it for a book club but it was just.. too obscure? It didn’t start making sense until halfway through and I only stuck with it because it was so short.”
Believable charactersLikable charactersBeautifully writtenBeautiful settingComing of ageHomophobiaViolenceUnsatisfying plot
“I admit about halfway through this book I almost gave up. I was intrigued at first but it got really slow towards the middle of the book, it was really slow and there had only been one murder and it seemed like nothing scary was ever going to happen. The character development was good but it seemed more YA romance than horror/creepy. But then the twist hit and I was honestly surprised! It got into the MC's dad's history and then I really got into it. The last half of the book was much better and I think the end was satisfying, but it was never really scary. If you want something just vaguely creepy with zero gore or violence this would be good for you. I found the depiction of small town homophobia to be very relatable.”
Believable charactersDiverse charactersEasy to readDark settingDarkHomophobia
“I'm not sure how to review this one. It's really great; I love the LGBTQ rep; and it's was atmospheric and creepy--right up my alley. IMO though, it was like horror lite. I think it'll be scary to most people, but I hyped myself up too much before I started, perhaps. Still giving it five stars… so that should tell you something. A big thank-you to the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for a copy of the audiobook ARC.”
“//☆ ┆ 5 stars “home didn't have to be a place anymore. it didn't need four walls or a rocky shore or stars over the hills. it was a feeling. it felt like this.” this book was perfect. i do plan on reading this over again a few months from now as i probably missed a few things. i absolutely loved how the book started and the uncomfy feeling i had about one of the characters. i feel as if there's some underlying symbolism in this book, but honestly i'm still reeling from the last quarter of this book. i think my only nitpick is that i would have preferred for the author to "show" more of the buildup between logan and ashley, as it was more "tell" than anything, yet this book has wormed itself (in a positive way) into a portion of my heart and will probably always be there. please take heed of the warnings that the book mentions at the very beginning as it can get dark!!”

About Courtney Gould

Courtney Gould writes books about queer girls, ghosts, and things that go bump in the night. She graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and Publishing. She was born and raised in Salem, OR, where she continues to write love letters to the haunted girls and rural, empty spaces. The Dead and the Dark is her debut novel.

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