Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 30th January 2014
Edition: UK proof, review copy
“I’m not a bad person. But I’m not who I used to be, either...”
When thirteen-year-old James discovers a homeless man in an abandoned house, the course of his life changes dramatically. Hoping to find a ‘cure’ for a dark curse inflicted on the man, the pair embark on a journey together not knowing that what they discover will impact them both in ways they never imagined...
A gripping and haunting story about loss and hope from a talented debut author. Perfect for fans of Patrick Ness and David Almond.
The Dark Inside is a gripping and atmospheric debut from Rupert Wallis. I was intrigued from the first page to the last.
Not even three hundred and sixty pages of Rupert Wallis’ writing made me less in love with it. He has a grainy, dark and haunting about his prose that carries through every sentence that also has an undeniable quality to it. It’s gorgeous. It really suited the sense of a quest for James and Webster and the ambiguity of what they were searching for – physically and metaphorically, especially when questions of God and the afterlife came into the forefront.
So many intriguing topics were brought under a vague and roving spotlight in The Dark Inside, and yet not a single one was preachy, in your face or dominating in any way. Each topic contributed to questions of good and evil, what makes you human, forgiveness and all that jazz in a way that bridged the normal between contemporary, psychological thriller and paranormal, but it never sunk into one category which I liked. But most off all I loved how nothing was black and white; it’s all grey.
The villains being seen as people rather than objects and plot devices was refreshing. I loved watching the relationship between Billy and his ma unfold. They weren’t doing evil things for evil purposes, they were doing them to save themselves, to help each other, to prove themselves. It made them real and added a dimension to the story that isn’t usually present. I really enjoyed it.
Though it sometimes took me a while to get back into the story, The Dark Inside is a beautifully written debut and I think that Rupert Wallis has a strong future ahead of him.
Huge thanks to S&S for sending me a copy for review! Make sure to keep an eye out for my stop on the blog tour next week!