Review: What's Done in the Dark
WHAT'S DONE IN THE DARK - ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Simon & Schuster/Gallery Books
July 2014
Tricia-Ann Blades |  RATING: A
REVIEW:  One night of loneliness, drinks and self-pity lead Felise to do dirt which has far reaching effects. As she tries to cover up her dirt, someone else uncovers it, bringing her to the realisation that what is done in the dark will show in the light.

Be careful what you wish for, for you may not like it when that wish is granted.  Such is Paula’s story; complaining about home life, wishing it was different but never expecting that her words could lead to her family being torn apart. Her loss has left her reeling but she is suspicious and suspecting, aiming to find out what her husband did in the dark!

WHAT’S DONE IN THE DARK is a dramatic story based on the themes of deceit, loneliness, forgiveness, grief, resilience and friendship.  The story is told from the view point of the two main characters Paula and Felise. They are both struggling with inconsistencies, inadequacies and loneliness within their marriages. Paula would love to leave it all behind whereas Felise is trying to salvage hers. Unfortunately, it appears as if their husbands are immune to their plights, preferring to ignore and fulfil their own desires.

Ms. Billingsley creates excellent character development and use of dialogue.  The main characters and situations appear so real, that I thought I was seeing it unfold in front of my eyes. I was also able to have an emotional connection with the characters as the story unfolded.  The author did not skim over the situations outlined but rather showed development of the characters and plot as the situation unfolded.  The minor characterisation was also well developed, with the author using them like the play of conscience, Fran being the bad angel and Mavis being the good.

This book is REAL! Once started it, it was difficult to put down.  An excellent read!

4th February 2015 |