I can honestly say that I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book. I will admit that it started out a bit slow, but MAN did it pick up! I got completely sucked into Joe's adventure.
Joe is a very likeable kid. He really doesn't want any trouble, but he won't rest until he has answers. Joe is quite good at deduction and I was really impressed with his skills. He is smart, brave and a pretty dang good kid.
Along with Joe, there were some other pretty great characters. First of all, I have to say that I love Oz! He's such an awesome dog. Oz rocks. One of my favorite characters - other than Joe, obviously - was Nina. Joe meets her in the lair of a crime boss, working for him to pay a family debt. She is full of fear, but she is more driven by her need to be free than giving into that fear. Nina is tough, smart, sneaky and very brave. She is exactly the kind of person Joe needs on his side in order to succeed. I just loved her to bits. Another character I liked a lot was Joe's best friend, Bailey. Though he wasn't in the story that often, Bailey - and Oz, as a matter of fact - brought some much needed comedy to the team. He was also quite tech-savvy, which was very helpful for Joe and his mission.
I really enjoyed Sam Hepburn's writing style, once I got used to it. The settings were vivid and interesting and she was able to pace everything so perfectly. Except for at the very beginning, I didn't feel like it dragged or was too fast.
There are so many questions that cropped up as I was reading, but I am really pleased to say that all my questions were answered by the end. Sam did a great job tying up all the loose ends and I closed the book extremely satisfied. There is a ton of action and suspense and danger and even a twist at the end that I didn't see coming.
Overall, Chasing the Dark is a very interesting, action-packed, riveting mystery that is bound to thrill readers young and old.show more
by Melissa Layton