Dark & Stormy is the debut novel by J. Mercer, and we travel with Faryn as she leaves her old life behind, and goes to the middle of nowhere, USA, for some peace and quiet. The reasons for this aren't clear, although you do find out as the book progresses. She gets herself a job, a place to live, and everything seems to be going A-Okay. Then she meets local bad boy, Kai, who does a complete 180 and becomes 'respectable', much to the disgust of his long term best friend, Andy, and ex-girlfriend, Savannah.
I am having very mixed thoughts on this book - so please bear with me whilst I try to clarify! On the one hand, this is an intricate and intriguing tale, with drama, angst, and anguish all playing a part. On the other hand, parts of it read like it should be on the Jerry Springer show! Most of the time spent on Andy and Savannah seemed wasted to me. They took over the main part of the story, whereas I thought the mystery surrounding Faryn was supposed to be the focal-point.
Also, in regards to the mystery surrounding Faryn - it was TOO mysterious! And I know that sounds like a paradox, believe me, I do. You found out next to nothing about the main female character through 99% of the book. There was a small talk with Kai at one point, but she quickly says she doesn't want to talk about it again. It is only at the end, once the climax is over, that you learn about her. It felt rushed and imbalanced to me. This main character, where you are supposed to have an epiphany about things once you know, felt like she was just written off in one page.
All in all, I enjoyed this book, but it didn't wow me like I was hoping. If you would like to try something a bit different, then I would recommend this though. Stick with it, and it may become your next favourite. It just wasn't mine.
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
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