Title: Draw the Dark (Goodreads)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: 01 June 2012
Series or Standalone: Series
Audio Length: ~10 hrs
Place(s) Traveled to: Winter, Wisconsin
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
First Line: So. Everything I need to leave is here: My brushes. Paint. The wall.
Before starting Draw the Dark by Ilsa J. Bick I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was hoping that it would be a good mystery. After I finished I was left with a crazy amount of confusion on just what just happened. Yes, there was a mystery but there was also this dual story line that took place in the past and this odd supernatural element. There were just so many elements in this story and while some of them worked others just never seemed to mesh in with the whole picture.
The mystery portion of the book I liked and I liked how the story wove itself over two different time periods. These are the elements that worked well in this book. These are the ones that kept me listening until the end. What didn’t work for me was the supernatural aspect which was just confusing and really took away from the story. Maybe if it was used more throughout the plot it would have made more sense but as it was it just never made any sense. And that ending….ugh to the ugh! Talk about your WTF just happened.
I did like the various characters and how they interacted with each other. Christian was a complex character but he was likeable. I liked his uncle and his friend Sarah and they helped to really flesh out this story. As I said about the mystery held my attention although it was a little predictable at times.
The narrator, Joshua Swanson, did a really good job with bringing all the different voices to life. He managed to sound young for the teen characters and older for the adult ones. His female voices weren’t the best but they weren’t the worse that I’ve heard either. Its not always easy though for men to do the voices of women and vice versa so I try not to hold it against the narrator. Unless of course the narration is atrociously bad.
Overall, Draw the Dark wasn’t a novel that blew me away. I guess I just expected something more from it. Although I do think I would have liked it better without those supernatural elements that were included. The ending definitely dropped the star rating of this one down as it was just so out of the blue. This was my first book by Ilsa J. Bick and while I thought it a bit odd at times I may check out some of her other stories and see how they compare.