The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould

Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: The Dead and the Dark

Author: Courtney Gould

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3/5

Recommended For…: mystery, thriller, LGBTQIA+

Publication Date: August 3, 2021

Genre: YA Mystery

Recommended Age: Can’t recommend, DNFed

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Pages: 352

Synopsis: Something is wrong in Snakebite, Oregon. Teenagers are disappearing, some turning up dead, the weather isn’t normal, and all fingers seem to point to TV’s most popular ghost hunters who have just returned to town. Logan Ortiz-Woodley, daughter of TV’s ParaSpectors, has never been to Snakebite before, but the moment she and her dads arrive, she starts to get the feeling that there’s more secrets buried here than they originally let on.

Ashley Barton’s boyfriend was the first teen to go missing, and she’s felt his presence ever since. But now that the Ortiz-Woodleys are in town, his ghost is following her and the only person Ashley can trust is the mysterious Logan. When Ashley and Logan team up to figure out who—or what—is haunting Snakebite, their investigation reveals truths about the town, their families, and themselves that neither of them are ready for. As the danger intensifies, they realize that their growing feelings for each other could be a light in the darkness. 

Review: I had to DNF this read at about 34% in. The book just wasn’t keeping my interest, it seemed too predictable, and while I’d like to try it again, it will probably be awhile before I do.

Verdict: It’s good, just wasn’t keeping me interested.