Blog Tour – Going Dark

Hello hello and welcome or welcome back to my little bookish corner of the internet. Today is my stop on the blog tour for the young adult thriller, Going Dark. Big thanks to TBR Tours for all their work on this tour. You can find the schedule with other blog links here.


The Influencer
Amelia Ashley shares everything with her followers – her favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurants, her best fashion tips, and her European trip-of-a-lifetime with her hot boyfriend.

The Boyfriend
Josh has no choice but to return home without Amelia after she abandons him in Rome. He has no clue where she went or how her blood got in his suitcase. Why won’t anyone believe him?

The Hacker
To Harper Delgado, Amelia Ashley is just another missing white girl whipping up a media frenzy. But with each digital knot she untangles about the influencer, Harper wonders: who is Amelia Ashley?

The Other Girl
Two years ago, another girl went missing, one who never made headlines or had a trending hashtag.

The Truth
Amelia’s disappearance has captured the world’s attention. What comes next? Watch this space…

Rating: 4 stars

For the first part of this book, I really wasn’t sure what to make of it, or where it was going. Once the story started peeling back, however, I was utterly hooked, and I read most of it in one sitting, unable to put it down. It was a fantastic read, full of plot twists and turns, so well plotted that even Agatha Christie would be jealous.

It was an emotional ride, taking you from huge highs to massive lows, and you feel your own mood being pulled with the current, so evocative is the writing. The different perspectives we are given to put the pieces together all have something huge to put towards the puzzle, and my heart was almost beating out of my chest in the last few chapters.

The collection of characters we meet is small, yet each is impactful, and your view of them changes and twists as things move along. You’ll find yourself frowning, mouth agape, nodding… When things start to develop, you’ll be cheering for someone different on almost every other page. It’s an adrenaline-fueled read, and you will thank it for the stress.

This is a powerhouse of a book, one to binge yet savour at the same time. It’s a wonderful, creative take on a missing person’s thriller, one that will be hard to be rivaled. It will be playing over in my head for a long time to come in free moments, and I think I will wonder at it for a while yet.

Book Links
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About The Author
Melissa de la Cruz is the #1 New York Times, #1 Publisher’s Weekly and #1 IndieBound bestselling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for readers of all ages. Many of her more than fifty books have also topped USA TodayWall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times bestseller lists and been published in over twenty countries.

De la Cruz’s novel, The Isle of the Lost, the prequel to the Disney Channel Original Movie Descendants, spent more than fifty weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, fifteen at #1, and has over a million copies in print. Descendants starring Kristen Chenoweth and Dove Cameron was the #1 cable TV movie of 2015, and #5 of all time, and its soundtrack the #1 bestselling album on iTunes. The series’ subsequent books, Return to the Isle of the Lost and Rise of the Isle of the Lost, were also New York Times bestsellers for many weeks.    

De la Cruz is also known for the Blue Bloods series (with three million copies in print), and the Witches of East End series. Her recent book releases include New York Times bestsellers The Queen’s Assassin and the Alex & Eliza seriesas well as the graphic novel Gotham High and The Birthday Girl.   Her next release is her upcoming middle grade series launch, Never After, publishing December 2020.

De la Cruz’s Hallmark Christmas movies, Christmas in Angel Falls and Pride Prejudice and Mistletoe (based on her novel), were both the top-rated movies for their Christmas season on the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. 29 Dates, her YA novel about a Korean exchange student, will soon be a feature-length movie on Disney’s streaming service, Disney+.

Melissa is also the founder and principal of Melissa de la Cruz Studio at Disney Publishing, which will create and package books in every genre and age range but with a focus on middle grade and young adult, from a diverse group of new and established writers that will appeal to all the platforms across the Disney company for a global audience. The projects will reflect Melissa’s humor and taste and range from adventure, romance and fantasy to contemporary stories.

Melissa de la Cruz is the co-director of YALLFEST (Charleston, SC) and the co-founder of YALLWEST (Santa Monica, CA), the two largest and most vibrant young adult book festivals in the country, attracting more than 30,000 readers every year.

Melissa de la Cruz grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. At Columbia University, she majored in art history and English. She lives in West Hollywood with her husband and daughter.

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Thanks for stopping by for this review today. Be sure to stop by again soon for more posts, and to check out the other blog posts on this tour using the link right at the top if this sounds like something you would enjoy.



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