“We are all a little damaged, Bee. Some of us more than others.”
Abby has been through hell and has survived one of the most brutal childhoods imaginable…barely.
To the outside world she’s just a loner with an attitude.
When her grandmother dies in a tragic explosion, Abby is left with questions-and nothing else.
Homeless, sleeping in a junkyard, and on the run from a system that has failed her over and over again, she meets Jake, a tattooed blue-eyed biker with secrets that will rival her own.
Two broken souls that can’t be healed. They can’t be saved.
Abby & Jake must reveal to one another their most guarded secrets and discover if they can embrace the darkness those secrets hold-and the darkness within themselves.
If they can accept one another for who they really are, they might be able to learn that love isn’t always found in the light.
Warning: This is not your typical romance. The story of Abby & Jake contains disturbing situations, graphic violence, sex, strong language, drug use, and all types of abuse.
The Dark Light of Day is dark and intense novel not suitable for those who have weak stomach or the faint of heart. Right from the prologue Frazier give readers an intense scene from Jake’s point of view where he and his father almost killed each other. Then Frazier switch to Abby’s voice showing a more darker reality of life. The book explore dark subjects that will possibly make you cringe more than shake your head in disbelief.
Abby and Jake are both dysfunctional characters. They are damaged and broken to the point that it is almost impossible to see them healed or happy. But despite of that, Abby and Jake are two of the truest characters you’ll ever encounter in fiction. They carry raw and realistic persona in them which in return makes some scenes more uncomfortable or unsettling to read.
“It’s amazing what poor judgment you can have when your options are limited to practically nothing.”
Most of Abby and Jake’s choices and decisions in life reflects their personal life experiences, which aren’t always good or the best. But they own each decisions, claiming them without hesitancy or pretense. They never ask for forgiveness, sympathy or redemption.
Frazier write her story with brutal honesty. She give every horrific detail to her readers – no boundary or sugar-coated words, just plain, straightforward but realistic description of things and happenings. For a debut author, she is obviously brave and talented. She doesn’t hold back or sanitize her story and characters. She terrified me with this book as she tell a harsh fictional tale of life, love and revenge with the stamp of truth.
As for the ending, I like that Frazier didn’t pushed everyone into redemption. She didn’t changed Jake and Abby drastically, instead she give them both hope and life without stripping their personality or turning them into something that they are not.
Overall, The Dark Light of Day is a dark, cruel, heartbreaking, and twisted novel just like some of its characters. A fictional story that shows the ugly sides of life and darker side of human nature that is terrifying and disturbing because of the touch of reality it carry.
Definitely not something I will choose for everyday reading, but very good and well written nonetheless.
* This review is based on an eBook I received courtesy of the publisher, Booktrope Publishing.