Title: Neon Darkness
Author: Skot Harris
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: June 15, 2018
Page Count: 202 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
In 1994, high school seniors Oliver and Grant defied the odds and fell in love. But after a shocking murder shattered their sleepy small town, Grant disappeared without a trace. Now, ten years later, Oliver attends their class reunion, desperate to see him again. But Oliver soon discovers the past brings more than happy memories… It brings secrets too.
Wow, this was such a twisted read. I honestly still do not know how I feel about it. I am still in shock with how everything plays out and the truths that come out in the last 15 or so pages. I am just completely blown away.
This book starts out with Oliver and his best friend Char being seniors in the last bit of high school. Both are eighteen. Both know what they want to do with their lives and both even know what college they want to go to. Char knows her best friend is gay and even though it is the early 90s when it was still not widely accepted, she did not care. Honestly Oliver did not care either. He was happy with who he was so he just ignored the ignorance of others.
When one day Oliver and Char meet the new transfer student, Grant, Oliver is captivated with him immediately. Though he does not realize right away if Grant is gay or not, he still thinks he is hot. So Oliver is really surprised when Grant turns out to be gay as well. He’s also surprised that Grant is interested in him as much as he is interested in Grant.
Grant turns out to be many of Oliver’s firsts. First at everything really. So when Grant asks him to take a road trip with him, Oliver cannot or will not refuse him. While on the road trip Char gets in touch with Oliver to give him some very unexpected, disturbing news and all hell breaks loose. Not only does Grant leave Oliver behind but he also breaks Oliver’s heart in the process.
Now ten years later Oliver is about to take the chance of seeing the one man that broke his heart and nearly him in the process, Grant. But with this rekindling of a relationship comes even more secrets. Secrets that may destroy Oliver where he stands.
This was a good read but has so many twists and turns to it that I was left shell-shocked. To say I never saw coming what transpired is an understatement. I am still speechless. Good read but definitely a dark read.
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