It’s the same old story, really.
Good versus evil.
Heroes versus villains.
Light versus dark.
For two years, college freshman Noah Morgan lived his life somewhere in the middle, fighting darkness and light, always searching for answers to a single question:
Why, Noah, why?
The same three words keep him up at night, struggling for air while gripping a plastic cylinder containing white pills to match the white label with his name printed in ink as deep and dark as his memories—memories that turned him into a recluse.
Luckily for him, that’s not how the girl next door sees him.
There are books you read and love, then there are books you read and devour. I’m not gonna lie—when I first saw the teasers Jay McLean started sharing, I was a bit nervous. I means she’s the queen of the perfect romance. She’s known to create these male heroines that you can’t help but fall for, so when she said this would be “different”, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I tried to avoid some of the teasers because I knew I wanted to go in blind.
And go in blind I did. Jay succeeded to take me on a crazy ride with a tale that had many twists and turns that I never saw coming.
“Say something beautiful?”
You did, Jay, you did.
This isn’t a typical Jay read, just like she said it wouldn’t be. All I can say was she delivered two beautifully broken characters who captured my heart. From the very first word, I was swallowed whole and I didn’t want Darkness Matters to end.
“I’m a girl with an infinite amount of regrets. A girl who used to believe in chance and fate but doesn’t anymore.”
I’m intentionally being vague—Jay dropped a surprise release on purpose as she didn’t want any spoilers to ruin the plot. So you’ll get none from me.
This story is darker than her other books, but nothing over the top or unnecessary. Jay McLean told this tale with purpose, opening your eyes and mind to what happens when there is so much darkness, it’s almost impossible to find the light.
“I’m a girl who sees the world in black and white and different shades of grays, but barely ever in color.”
My only wish was that she included an epilogue, because the book felt unresolved. I finished Darkness Matters in just one sitting and when it ended, I needed more.
“…sometimes, there is no reason, and there are no answers. There just is.We exist in this world where we know nothing. Where we feel like we are nothing. But we are. We are… And everything we feel, the good, the bad, the dark… it matters. And it may not matter to you, but it matters to the people around you.”
About Jay McLean
Jay McLean is an international best-selling author and full-time reader, writer of New Adult and Young Adult romance, and skilled procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her two little boys, playing house and binge watching Netflix.
She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her hurt and make her feel.
Jay lives in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, in a forever half-done home where music is loud and laughter is louder.