Standalone Sunday was created by the lovely Megan @bookslayerreads for a chance to talk about your favorite standalone books (which is, books that aren’t part of a series). I’m not sure I’ll manage to do this meme every week, since I rarely read standalones. But after finding it, I knew I needed to take this opportunity to talk about one of my favorite standalones that I read this year.
Truth in the Dark is a book that surprised me in many ways. I went into it knowing next to nothing, except that it was a MM-romance. When I started it, the first thing that caught my attention was the writing. The story is told in a first PoV perspective and it’s extremely raw. That’s truly the best adjective I could find to describe the writing style: it won’t spare you any details (good or bad) and it won’t be nice. Oh, and there’s cursing.
The writing perfectly matches the protagonist and narrator: Naef/Knife is a disabled boy that hates the world. Rightfully so, I might add. The story is an Eros and Psyche and Beauty and the Beast retelling, and I don’t think I can even begin to express how much I loved every single thing about it. The romance is adorable and hot. Both main characters are well-rounded and both Naef’s character development and the romance felt very realistic. I will go even as far as saying it’s one of the best love stories I’ve read in my life, so yeah.
It’s definitely a book I will read again, and I recommend it to anyone that is into romantic fantasy adult books.