Monday, 4 October 2010

Review - Draw the Dark by Ilsa J. Black

An orphaned seventeen-year-old named Christian was orphaned is now being raised by his Uncle Hank, the deputy of Winter, Wisconsin. Christian loves to paint. His favorite thing to paint is the portrait of his mother.

Christian is accused of painting on the Eisenmann’s barn. Mr. Eisenmann owns most the town and always gets his way. Even though Christian said he did not paint the barn, he has to repaint the barn and start going to a shrink.

Several human remains are found in the town of Winter during this time.

While Christian is painting, he blacks outs and finds him back to the 1940’s. He continues to travel back and forth through time for the remainder of the novel, and unravels a mystery.

Draw the Dark is published for young adults, but it should have been written for adults. The excess adult language throughout the book bothered me, and was unnecessary. Christian’s dialogue and thoughts do not sound like a teenager, but resembles an adult. The mystery plot involving Winter, Wisconsin kept me turning the pages. I would only recommend this book to adults who enjoy mystery novels, but I think this is a little too dark for young adults.

*I would like to thank NetGalley for sending me a copy to review.

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