#ReviewTour — Light Up The Dark by Suki Fleet + Giveaway
Light Up The Dark - Suki Fleet
Cover Design: Natasha Snow
For two years Nicky has wandered the dark empty corridors of the overgrown Thorn Hall, unseen and untouched, feeling like a ghost. His only company, the cold man who promised to keep him safe from harm, Lance.
But when Lance dies, Nicky’s assurance of safety disintegrates and his world suddenly becomes a lot more real and a lot more dangerous. Scared to leave the house, Nicky longs for daylight. He employs a gardener to clear the over-grown bushes and vines that have nearly swallowed Thorn Hall whole.
The last thing Nicky expects a little light to do is show him something to fight for.
Eighteen months in a young offenders’ institute has taught Cai two things: he occupies the playful puppy end of the How Dangerous Are You? spectrum, and he has an unfortunate knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Desperate for a job, he takes the first offer he gets. Even though Thorn Hall creeps the hell out of him and he barely knows one end of a pair of garden shears from the other.
Things start to fall apart when Cai is drawn into Nicky’s strange world of sticky notes and secrets. Cai finds he is now a target, blamed for a crime he didn’t commit. Desperate not to go back to prison, he digs deep and risks all the good things in life to help Nicky run.
But now Nicky has someone he wants to protect, he knows he can’t run any more.
This is my first time reading Suki Fleet, and I was completely consumed inside the world she had created. From the first page, danger is thick in the air and you know there is a predator getting ready to attack.
The story starts with a prologue allowing the reader to become familiar with a little bit of back history and them immediately jumps to the present and that’s where we meet Cai and then Nicky.
Cai is fairly young—maybe twenty—I’m not sure if it ever told his age, but he just got out of a young offender’s institute and is still on probation so he’s constantly vigilant of keeping himself in check because he doesn’t ever want to go back inside again.
He’s also the guardian to his niece—only a few years younger than himself—due to some unforeseen circumstances, so neither have an easy life.
Taking the job at Thorn Hall seems like a stupid move, but for some reason Cai is pulled to stay there and see it through. When he starts getting post - it - notes for messages—in place of the owner actually speaking to him—he doesn’t know what to think. Well. . . he actually thinks quite a bit about it, but he wants to stay and find out more.
Nicky!! God, love this boy’s soul! If there was ever a man that needed love and saving. . . its Nicky. Locked away inside Thorn Hall for two years—alone—isolated—he puts an ad in the paper for a gardener to cut away the brush and foliage that’s taking over the house. He wants light and to be able to see outside because he can’t go outside—he’s terrified of going outside himself—he’s positive someone is following him.
You may wonder how he put the ad in the paper? it wasn’t easy. He’s quite creative, but my heart hurt for his pain and the anguish and despair that he has suffered. He is very bitter, angry and doesn’t trust anyone, and he has every reason not to.
The story is gripping from pretty much the first page until the last. As the plot unfolded, I was in shock and disbelief at the events that transpired but continued to turn the page—one right after the other—because I couldn’t stop reading.
Light up the Dark is a compelling read that I recommend if you like books with more mystery than romance. It is a psychological thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat and gripping your tablet until the very end. I don’t why or how I’ve missed reading a Suki fleet novel, but I’m going to take care of that and check out her other books as soon as possible.
Even though this is scary, at times—because it is—and it’s most definitely painful and heartbreaking, there are many times you will have laugh-out-loud moments between Cai and Nicky as they get to know each other and get closer.
There are some really heated, intense, sexual moments that were amazing and I can’t close without giving a huge shout-out to Soph and Loz, the secondary characters who were everything.
My only regret would be that we didn't get to spend any time with Nicky and Cai—outside of Thorn Hall—but that's where my imagination will have to kick in. Very moving story.
* I was provided a copy in exchange for an honest review from Signal Boost Promotion *
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Award Winning Author. Prolific Reader (though less prolific than she'd like). Lover of angst, romance and unexpected love stories.
Suki Fleet writes lyrical stories about memorable characters, and believes everyone should have a chance at a happy ending.
Her first novel This is Not a Love Story won Best Gay Debut in the 2014 Rainbow Awards, and was a finalist in the 2015 Lambda Awards.