By Sonia Gensler
Knopf Books for Young Readers, $16.99, 344 pages
Kate, Elsie and Asher all find themselves at Summerfield College in Cambridge, for different reasons. Elsie is taken in by her aunt and uncle to relieve her family from their burden of her “spells”. Kate is given refuge after losing her employment and Asher is there after fleeing America and his father. They become friends and discover their own connections to a series of deaths in the area as well as the connection to a local spiritualism society. They begin investigating and soon find that the line between the living and the dead is thinner than they could have ever imagined.
The Dark Between is a wonderful gothic novel by author Sonia Gensler. The characters are complex and well written. Each character has their own strengths and weaknesses and they feel real to the reader. The storyline unfolds well throughout the book and the intensity and sense of foreboding builds as plot points are revealed. The book overall is intense, fast-paced and exciting. This is a wonderful effort by the author. Fans of gothic fiction will enjoy this book.
Reviewed by Barbara Cothern