Book Review: Dark Was The Night

The Plot:

Lucie Arnold is a mother with a secret fear of the dark. One Halloween night, three intruders penetrate her home and terrorize her and her four-year-old daughter. Plunged in darkness, she must find the courage to overcome her fears to save her daughter. But the traumatizing event triggers lost memories that come to haunt her amid all this horror, explaining the origin of her nyctophobia.

My Review:

This was a stunningly good thriller. I was sucked in from the very beginning – our leading lady, Lucie, is an administrative assistant and feels at odds with her lawyer neighbour, who always seems impeccably dressed and put together. Everything seems rather normal, aside from Lucie’s uncanny fear of the dark. On the evening of Halloween, Lucie and her young daughter are carving a pumpkin when the doorbell rings and three strangers show up in costume – they aren’t small children, but appear to be teens. Lucie immediately gets a bad feeling, but gives them treats as normal, until they burst into the home.

This tale is genuinely terrifying and I was shocked at the events that take place – the villains do not mess around and their motives are very dark. I’ve read my fair share of thrillers and this one is particularly terrifying with the child and dog being involved in the chaos and violence. There is also a lot of depth in this story – Lucie’s fears of the dark are rooted in a traumatic past experience. It’s amazing what trauma can do to the mind – and how a stressful, dangerous event like a home invasion can trick and influence the mind in fascinating ways.

I don’t want to spoil anything, but the ending was satisfying and I could NOT stop turning the pages. A big thank you to Miss Rivera for sending me a professionally wrapped print book. I’m thrilled to have been able to read this amazing book. I hope everyone else gets a chance to read this story, too!

Keep writing, Tania!

My Rating: 5/5 stars!

Where To Buy This Book: You can check out where to buy it on Goodreads!



  1. As someone who does have a phobia of the dark, this book sounds terrifying. But I love horror so I’ll definitely be adding it to my TBR list.

    • Hey Pooja! Thank you so much for checking out this book review. Yes it really is terrifying – even for someone who isn’t normally scared of the dark. It’s cool that you love horror despite being afraid of the dark. That makes you very brave! I hope you enjoy this book if you read it. πŸ™‚

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