Review: Midnight Lily

Friday, 6 December 2019
Midnight Lily Midnight Lily by Mia Sheridan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A tale of two minds

I’m slowing working my way through a range of KU books and was delighted when I came across Midnight Lily. Archer’s Voice is still my go-to book by Mia Sheridan and I was keen to see how this story would hold up by comparison.

As other reviewers have said, this story is very complex, emotive, disturbing and overall felt like more of a psychological suspense story with a romantic undertone aimed at drawing readers through the darkness of the characters’ minds.

The writing, as expected, was very strong. You could not foresee where the story was headed and the mystery keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the book. Both of the key protagonists have their own demons that they are battling but you are drip-fed their individual stories and backgrounds as the book progresses. Even towards the end of the book, you read with a sense of uncertainty over what may still happen, despite questioning whether the story to that point actually took place. In some respects, this book requires at least a second or even third read in order to straighten any questions still lingering in your mind.

Whilst the story is told in a methodical way the book also seems fast-paced and it’s that pace that makes you read on with trepidation for what is yet to come. Despite the complexity of this story and the imaginative and sensitive theme, the book leaves you with a sense of unease and, in some respects, with more questions than answers. That in itself brings the story to life in a way most other books fail to do. This is not just a love story, it’s a love story that stems from a kind of madness that is almost too painful to bear witness to. This is definitely a story to read and read again.

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