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In Darkness

By Sally Engelfried, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Violent but riveting story of Haiti's past and present.

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Though often hard to take because of the brutal violence at almost every turn, IN DARKNESS is an absorbing and haunting story. The alternating settings of past and present keep the reader involved, and Shorty and Toussaint are complex and real. Though Toussaint is an easy character to root for, Shorty is a much more complicated mixture of good and bad, and the way Lake explores his psyche by offering experiences that align with his jaded worldview and yet somehow keep his hope and sense of humor alive is amazing. For readers who have the stomach for the brutality and tragedy of a life lived in Haiti's slums, reading this book will be an ultimately rewarding experience.

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