MYSTERY

Dark Things I Adore

Sourcebooks Landmark. Sept. 2021. 416p. ISBN 9781728229843. $26.99. THRILLER
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DEBUT An artist’s vision is everything, even if it’s tinged with blood red. Audra Colfax is a gifted young painter whose mentor and professor Max Durant has agreed to spend a weekend with her at her home, deep in the woods of Maine. The purpose of Max’s trip is ostensibly to advise Audra on her graduate school thesis paintings, but he’s more interested in pursuing the sexual spark he senses between them. He can’t wait to get to know Audra intimately, but she has her own agenda for a weekend of reckoning. Thirty years previously, a group of artists had attended an annual retreat in rural Maine. A close-knit clique formed, made up of painters and two of the locals who worked at the retreat. Some looked for inspiration, some looked for love, and one was searching for sanity. A crucial question hung in the air: was artistic inspiration more important than life itself? Now Audra exposes the devastating remnants of the past in a deadly game of hide-and-seek.
VERDICT Lattari’s unreliable narrator pivots between present and past. This vengeful tale that pits artistic genius against mental health and happiness will captivate fans of dark suspense.
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