Light Up The Dark – Suki Fleet
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.
Light Up the Dark was different than what I was expecting, much more mystery, but it was a story I really enjoyed. The plot is twisty and can be a bit dark, but the characters are powerful and so is their journey.
The prologue absolutely grabbed my attention, setting up Nicky’s story and what he has gone through. Nicky is a character that fascinated me, he’s complex and broken and just one of those guys you know needs real love. Cai is young and sweet, he’s made some mistakes and he seems to find himself in the wrong place at the wrong time but he has an amazing heart and really is a wonderful person. Nicky, now alone in a huge house and afraid to leave hires Cai as a gardener to clean up the grounds.
There is a bit of a slow build for Nicky and Cai at times during this book, the focus more on the mystery. Their story has twists and turns and it’s not always clear what is happening – definitely an intense and interesting journey! There really is a mix of everything in this book, the dark and twisty for sure but there are wonderfully beautiful moments as well. These are wonderful, complex characters and a story that kept me on the edge of my seat. This is definitely a book I’ll read again because once was not enough!
January 11 – Back Porch Reader
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.