Book Review – The Dying Light By Emily Rooke – An eARC from The Book Network


What would you risk to save your family?

Fiercely protective Charlie Carroway thought he had left the nightmares of his childhood behind and finally found a place to call home. But when an old enemy sets their sights on his adoptive family, he learns that his dark past will be harder to outrun than he thought…

Now, Charlie must make a desperate attempt to save his family, or risk losing them forever. Maybe, after all this time, Charlie has finally found a battle he cannot face alone …

As new friendships and confusing feelings emerge, and threats close in on him from all sides, can Charlie find the courage to protect his loved ones, without losing himself?


I saw this on the Book Network and thought that it would be a good Halloween type book to read. It was a different type of fantasy that I hadn’t read before. I am not sure that I would immediately chose to read something like this again, but I am glad that I gave it a go. 

It took a while for me to get into it as it wasn’t overly clear as to what was going on and why (there seemed to be a lot going on without a lot of background information to go with it). I think that the style of writing was to focus on the action rather than on the surroundings, but for me that made it harder to understand what was going on. There was also a lot of darkness and violence which almost made me lose interest, but I carried on and gradually I began to get into it. For these reasons I initially gave it 3 stars.

Once I got about halfway through I seemed to get used to the style a bit more and was compelled to carry on reading it. There was always something going on (mainly in a bad way) and I just had to find out what was going to happen next!

As I briefly mentioned above the settings are only lightly described as the focus is on the characters’ actions rather than anything else. Whilst this kept the story moving, I felt that there could have been more description to immerse me more in the story. 

Lastly, what I found interesting was that all the characters were broken in some way. They all had had a personal trauma that they had overcome which either made them dislikeable and hard to trust or it encouraged a positive and heroic personality. 

Overall it was an emotional and interesting read.

⭐Rated 4/5⭐

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