Inside DarknessInside Darkness by Hudson Lin

**Copy provided by author for honest review.**

3.5 out of 5 stars

Cameron, an international aid worker, suffers from PTSD from being out in the field for several years. His darkness is a place of fear at times, and at times a place of safety. He meets Tyler, a journalist, while on location in Kenya. The attraction is mutual but they part on less than ideal terms.

As the title implies, darkness plays a big part in this story. The insight into Cam’s struggles (his “darkness”) is written in such a way that I felt his anxiety and fear. The description of his disassociation when triggered was spot on. This is a heavy read, and Cam’s spiral into the darkness and his methods of coping elicited conflicting emotions. There were times when I wanted to yell at him to get his act together. Other times, I empathized with his downward spiral.

Tyler starts off as self absorbed and career driven. As he gets to know Cam and his struggles, Tyler becomes more likable and the best support system for Cam. I appreciated how their relationship evolved and how in tune he is to Cam’s emotions and needs.

It took me a few chapters to get into the story, and the ending left me feeling like something was missing. There is so much detail in the middle (Cam’s road to recovery and the development of his relationship with Ty), that the ending felt rushed. I felt like a needed more detail for a proper resolution.

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