Title: The Darkness Gathers / Twice
Author: Lisa Unger
ISBN: 9780307953117 / 9780307953179
Pages: 336 / 432
Release Date: November 1, 2011 / February 7, 2012
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4 out of 5
True crime author Lydia Strong is back in the second and third books of the Lydia Strong series. In The Darkness Gathers, Lydia receives a note asking for her help finding kidnapping victim Tatiana Quinn and intimating that there are many other girls in Tatiana’s situation in need of assistance. In Twice, a man is murdered and his wife, Julian, claims to know nothing about how he was killed. Julian’s mother approaches Lydia, saying that the women in her family are cursed and that Julian is innocent. Her curiosity provoked, Lydia takes the case.
In books two and three of the Lydia Strong series, the main character sees her life change before her eyes. In the first book of the series, Angel Fire, Lydia was headstrong and a risktaker. She continues that trend in The Darkness Gathers and Twice, but over the course of these books, readers can see her grow up and mature. She has new responsibilities, new obligations, and she can no longer take her life into her own hands whenever she sees fit. It’s great character growth for Lydia as she really learns what it is to be an adult. As in all of Lisa Unger’s books, the characters are incredibly realistic and well-written; it’s a treat to get to know her characters.
The main storylines of The Darkness Gathers and Smoke are interesting and engaging. Lydia pours herself into uncovering these mysteries, trying to determine what is really happening behind each of these. Lisa Unger is a creative writer, and it shows through in these unique storylines. Unger also makes sure to also have secondary storylines running through both of these books involving the murderer of Lydia’s mother, and it makes for two exciting and gripping novels.
The Lydia Strong series has proven to be an exciting, interesting set of novels, and I’m certainly glad that Unger’s publisher chose to reissue them. They have a sympathetic, strong (no pun intended) main character and diverse storylines that make for entertaining mysteries. This quartet is a one to pick up if you’re looking for some solid reads; I’m looking forward to devouring the last in this series, Smoke, soon.
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