Book Review: Draw the Dark by Ilsa J. Bick
First sentence: "So. Everything I need to leave is here: My brushes. Paint. The wall."
From Amazon.com: "There are things the people of Winter, Wisconsin, would rather forget. The year the Nazis came to town, for one. That fire, for another. But what they'd really like to forget is Christian Cage.
Seventeen-year-old Christian's parents disappeared when he was a little boy. Ever since, he's drawn obsessively: his mother's face...her eyes...and what he calls "the sideways place," where he says his parents are trapped. Christian figures if he can just see through his mother's eyes, maybe he can get there somehow and save them.
But Christian also draws other things. Ugly things. Evil things. Dark things. Things like other people's fears and nightmares. Their pasts. Their destiny.
There's one more thing the people of Winter would like to forget: murder.
But Winter won't be able to forget the truth,no matter how hard it tries. Not as long as Christian draws the dark..."
My take: I've read three Ilsa J. Bick books in one month. Almost back to back. With the exception of that little interruption of Fifty Shades of Grey. I love the way Ms. Bick writes. The deep psychological look into the minds of the characters she writes about. Christian is a great guy. He seemed older in the book than his years. Did you ever read a book and in the end wonder if you read that right? Or wonder what happens next, because at the end there are still questions you can only figure out for yourself by examining how it makes you feel. There is no right answer. There is no wrong answer. We've all heard of automatic writing. Where psychics take a blank piece of paper and start writing things that the past, present or future -- but about something they couldn't possibly know on a logical or cognizant level. Christian does this. Only he doesn't use words. He paints. He enters into a trance-like state and usually has no recollection of what happened while he was channeling the drawings and paintings. I found this book well-written and captivating and can't wait to read more work by this author!
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Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Paperback: 338 pages
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books; Reprint edition (September 2011)