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Midnight is the Darkest Hour by Ashley Winstead: Book Review

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Midnight is the Darkest Hour by Ashley Winstead

Published October 3rd, 2023

Genres: Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Horror

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Beware of the dark. You might like what you find…

Ruth Collier has always felt like an outsider, even as her father rains fire and brimstone from the church pulpit. In Bottom Springs, his word is as good as law.

But there are things the townspeople fear more than God, like the Low Man, a vampiric figure said to kill sinners in their beds on moonless nights.

When a skull is found deep in the swamp, a hunt for the Low Man begins. Suspicion turns to Everett – Ruth’s oldest friend, with a dark past. As Ruth and Everett grow closer, Ruth begins to unearth the town’s secrets, determined to discover the truth.

But as the line between good and evil grows ever thin, how far will Ruth go to save the person she loves most?

Thank you to the publisher, HarperCollins Canada, for sending me an e-ARC of this book. All thoughts are my own.

After reading and devouring her two previous novels (and being unable to think about anything else for days after finishing them), I was so excited to win an e-ARC of Midnight is the Darkest Hour by Ashley Winstead. I confidently went into her latest novel believing Winstead could write anything.

Sure enough, I was pleased to be proven correct. But rather than tackling a dark academia murder mystery or a sex cult psychological thriller, Winstead takes on southern gothic horror in Midnight is the Darkest Hour. Teeming with religious zealotry, occult influences, and satanic ritualism, Midnight tells a compulsive tale following the daughter of the small town’s preacher as she uncovers the dark secrets hidden within her seemingly innocent small town.

Winstead creates such a rich, sinister world in Midnight. Filled to the brim with foreboding, I found it almost impossible to put down while reading it – and thoroughly unable to predict what was going to happen next. I was on the edge of my seat throughout its entirety, right until that jaw-dropping finale.

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Liza is a twenty-something book blogger who spends way too much time with her nose in books and feels way too much. She loves cooking, baking, reality tv show watching and, of course, reading. She can be found most often with a cup of tea in one hand and a book in the other. Her blog, Literary Liza, features bookish content like reviews, recommendations, and author interviews.

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