Dark and Shallow Lies
Author: Ginny Myers Sain
Rated P psychic turmoil and precognitive vibes of the deadly variety.
In this town
magic runs deep,
but secrets run deeper.
La Cachette, Louisiana is the worst place to be if you have something to hide. Self-proclaimed psychic capital of the world, this is where Grey and her friends, the summer children, grew up. This summer is different. This summer, Grey is searching and trying to figure out what happened to her best friend, Elora, who vanished six months earlier.
The more she digs the more secrets and questions she confronts. Everybody is hiding something.
When a mysterious stranger who knew Elora emerges from the bayou, Grey discovers that the past of La Cachette is very much the present. It’s more dangerous than she ever realized or understood. Where secrets lie just below the murky water and a killer is on the loose, Grey will need to be careful, or she may end up disappearing next.
Warning: This is a doozy-long review and so, just in case it does cross that line-possible spoiler alert. I was also hella inspired to use Abby Arcane gifs from 2019’s Swamp Thing (which I’m still salty it got cancelled).
Holy shite. This book blew me away. I was attracted to it for so many reasons. The dark and alluring cover. I have a love and fascination with the mysteries and unknowns of Louisiana which I do not ever profess to know all about. Then, of course, there’s the magic. I picked this up and there was no way I could put it down.
From the get-go, I was pulled in. The lush and rich imagery and world—it was as if I was there. Sain has a mega-talent for detail. From the landscape to culture to the accents of the characters. So individual and everything stands out. Not only that but the precipice before each chapter was hypnotizing and elusive that kept me guessing and wondering.
There was mystery, but it wasn’t overbearing. More so, this wasn’t typical mystery. The line between mystery and uncovering secrets is pretty blunt. The vibe is always different. The uncovering of secrets has always felt more fluid and enticing than that of uncovering blocky mystery. The supernatural interwoven into it was so powerful and I enjoyed it so much. The secrets just trickled out little by little, letting me ponder and guess about what they led up to. Almost everybody was suspicious and when the big reveal of Elora’s attacker and the secrets of La Cachette were rocked free was a decent shocker. My jaw dropped partly because of the big reveal and partly because the drama was as big as a hurricane.
I love a good spooky story and La Cachette had its own. It had a few actually and those really helped give so much life to this book and its world. From Willie Nelson the crocodile to a possible rougarou to the acclaimed bogeyman slasher thrasher that is Dempsey Fontenot. Just stunning and enthralling. This is truly a haunting and jaunting tale that had me entirely sucked in. It dragged me down into its dark secretive depths and I loved every bit of it.
I loved Grey and Elora’s relationship. Best friends, sisters, twin flames. It was so personal and really gets you thinking about your own twin flame. Meanwhile, Grey’s other relationships were tethered with a responsibility of caring for the Summer Children when it seemed like nobody else did and love for La Cachette when all others thought it dark and lost. She was a strong character that embraced so much even though she felt like she didn’t have much. I was left both sad and in awe of her.
There was a lot of yearning to be had. When it wasn’t to discover the dark secrets of the bayou psychic town it was for Zale, the mysterious stranger with an electrical vibration. Talk about a delicious and curious character to be drawn to. He wasn’t the type I was suspicious of but wanted to know more about. A truly unique and delightfully surprising character that had nothing to hide and only sought to settle the past and start anew. And the way it led to Grey was beautiful in its own way. Those two together was like fate. Just stunning.
The gifts that each of the Summer Children had had such a beauty to them. Unique and deeply tied into family history and even truth. I was speechless. These were psychic abilities left in whimsy to create more awe and supernatural oohhhs and it wasn’t a Stephen King jump-scare attempt. Each of the gifts they had was a part of them and not held in some high scary regard. They were embraced and were a part of each of them rather than put at arm’s length. It was splendid.
I highly recommend this one. Beautiful inside and out and the secrets are as deadly as Willie Nelson. Rich scenery and life that was a sensory overload in the best way. I highly suggest this for those that enjoy mystic secrets and unraveling secrets and a bewitchment unlike anything else.
“People say the moment you meet your twin flame is the moment the earth beneath your feet begins to shift.” (p. 39)
“Not everyone is born into their gift. Some people have to develop them over time.” (Honey, p. 57)
“Knowing is hard but it’s a thing you can survive. The not knowing will kill you in the end. It’s the secrets that fester.” (Zale, p. 191)
“Sugar Bee, in the end, not everything is knowable.” (Honey, p.266)
“Lots of people fall in love with monsters.” (Hart, p. 342)
More to come soon…
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