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"Careful and sinewy plotting, which reveals in chilling detail who gets to make art, and who gets subsumed in the process." —New York Times Book Review A psychological thriller for fans of Lucy Foley and Liz Moore, Dark Things I Adore is a stunning Gone Girl-esque tale of atonement that proves that in the grasp of manipulative men, women may momentarily fall. But in the hand "Careful and sinewy plotting, which reveals in chilling detail who gets to make art, and who gets subsumed in the process." —New York Times Book Review A psychological thriller for fans of Lucy Foley and Liz Moore, Dark Things I Adore is a stunning Gone Girl-esque tale of atonement that proves that in the grasp of manipulative men, women may momentarily fall. But in the hands of fierce women, men will be brought to their knees. Three campfire secrets. Two witnesses. One dead in the trees. And the woman, thirty years later, bent on making the guilty finally pay. 1988. A group of outcasts gather at a small, prestigious arts camp nestled in the Maine woods. They're the painters: bright, hopeful, teeming with potential. But secrets and dark ambitions rise like smoke from a campfire, and the truths they tell will come back to haunt them in ways more deadly than they dreamed. 2018. Esteemed art professor Max Durant arrives at his protégé's remote home to view her graduate thesis collection. He knows Audra is beautiful and brilliant. He knows being invited into her private world is a rare gift. But he doesn't know that Audra has engineered every aspect of their weekend together. Every detail, every conversation. Audra has woven the perfect web. Only Audra knows what happened that summer in 1988. Max's secret, and the dark things that followed. And even though it won't be easy, Audra knows someone must pay. A searing thriller of trauma, dark academia, complicity, and revenge, Dark Things I Adore unravels the realities behind campfire legends―the horrors that happen in the dark, the girls who become cautionary tales, and the guilty who go unpunished. Until now.


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"Careful and sinewy plotting, which reveals in chilling detail who gets to make art, and who gets subsumed in the process." —New York Times Book Review A psychological thriller for fans of Lucy Foley and Liz Moore, Dark Things I Adore is a stunning Gone Girl-esque tale of atonement that proves that in the grasp of manipulative men, women may momentarily fall. But in the hand "Careful and sinewy plotting, which reveals in chilling detail who gets to make art, and who gets subsumed in the process." —New York Times Book Review A psychological thriller for fans of Lucy Foley and Liz Moore, Dark Things I Adore is a stunning Gone Girl-esque tale of atonement that proves that in the grasp of manipulative men, women may momentarily fall. But in the hands of fierce women, men will be brought to their knees. Three campfire secrets. Two witnesses. One dead in the trees. And the woman, thirty years later, bent on making the guilty finally pay. 1988. A group of outcasts gather at a small, prestigious arts camp nestled in the Maine woods. They're the painters: bright, hopeful, teeming with potential. But secrets and dark ambitions rise like smoke from a campfire, and the truths they tell will come back to haunt them in ways more deadly than they dreamed. 2018. Esteemed art professor Max Durant arrives at his protégé's remote home to view her graduate thesis collection. He knows Audra is beautiful and brilliant. He knows being invited into her private world is a rare gift. But he doesn't know that Audra has engineered every aspect of their weekend together. Every detail, every conversation. Audra has woven the perfect web. Only Audra knows what happened that summer in 1988. Max's secret, and the dark things that followed. And even though it won't be easy, Audra knows someone must pay. A searing thriller of trauma, dark academia, complicity, and revenge, Dark Things I Adore unravels the realities behind campfire legends―the horrors that happen in the dark, the girls who become cautionary tales, and the guilty who go unpunished. Until now.

30 review for Dark Things I Adore

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    The best thing I can say about this one was that it was a fairly quick read. It is told in two timelines, both of which are quite distinct and easy to follow. I love a good revenge story, so I was happy with that theme throughout. The things that didn't really work for me: In the 1980s timeline, the characters are mostly known by their camp nicknames (Juniper, Moss, Mantis, Coral, etc.) Let me say that the nickname Mantis kept bringing up GOTG vibes and pictures in my head and I had to keep remind The best thing I can say about this one was that it was a fairly quick read. It is told in two timelines, both of which are quite distinct and easy to follow. I love a good revenge story, so I was happy with that theme throughout. The things that didn't really work for me: In the 1980s timeline, the characters are mostly known by their camp nicknames (Juniper, Moss, Mantis, Coral, etc.) Let me say that the nickname Mantis kept bringing up GOTG vibes and pictures in my head and I had to keep reminding myself that he is a guy not an empath with antennae, but I digress... I get the author's purpose for this, she was trying to hide their identities for the present day timeline so we didn't guess who was who, but it didn't work. It was quite obvious nearly from the beginning and just got tedious. It was also pretty obvious to me what was going on in the Audra/Max storyline. And Max the absolute BIGGEST idiot for both not putting things together, but also just in general with his choices. Maybe because he was so full of himself he couldn't see the GLARING hints she was giving him, but I choose to believe he was just dumb as a box of rocks (sorry rocks). And then there are all of these disjointed notes/art pieces and maybe now it's ME who is dumb, but I just don't really get art and how all of these things represent everything that happened. So this is probably a case in this instance that I was the wrong reader for this book. Here's a warning to anyone who listens to this as an audiobook (I did not) those notes are going to be weird and not sure they will translate well to audo. It does wrap up nicely and everything is explained in the end. Even the last twist that is supposed to shock the reader didn't shock me, I had figured that out a long time before. There are lots of great reviews for this book, so if you like mysteries with some art thrown in with a side of intense revenge, you might like this a lot more than I did. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lucy Langford

    4.5**** I hardly ever award anything the full 5 stars but this came pretty damn close!! This book features camp secrets, a girl dead in the trees, and one vengeful women who wants these men to pay. Max Durant, a has-been narcissistic and egoistic Arts professor is invited by his enigmatic and cool student, Audra, to her home town, expecting a lust filled weekend with his protégée. However, what he gets is something VERY different. Because what he doesn’t know is that Audra knows the truth about hi 4.5**** I hardly ever award anything the full 5 stars but this came pretty damn close!! This book features camp secrets, a girl dead in the trees, and one vengeful women who wants these men to pay. Max Durant, a has-been narcissistic and egoistic Arts professor is invited by his enigmatic and cool student, Audra, to her home town, expecting a lust filled weekend with his protégée. However, what he gets is something VERY different. Because what he doesn’t know is that Audra knows the truth about his fatal summer in 1988 at an art campus, where it ended with the suicide by hanging of a beautiful dead girl. And Audra has invited him there to make him pay. I LOVED this. This was such a twisty book that I had to keep making notes throughout about my theories/hypothesise. And even when I was correct, it was exciting to read how the information splayed out across the pages. I loved Audra as a character-she was great; a woman on a mission and is indeed vengeful (my favourite type of character!). This book took place across 2 timelines and 3 different POV’s (one being of Audra, one of Max, and one of Juniper- a witness to the events in 1988). It was pageturning to go through these events and watching it all unfold, with the backdrop of a prestigious art college and world. This book depicts trauma, lies, manipulations those that are complicit. I loved the academia setting in an arts college too. The author issues fantastic descriptions using art-based-terminology and depicts emotions such as terror in such a visceral way, it was hard not to imagine the settings and characters.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    A tale of vengeance, two storylines, 3 POV's, campfire, secrets, complicity academia, and artistic genius! 1988 - Prestigious art camp in the Maine woods They are gathered around the fire, they have potential, they are driven, they have ambition. They never thought about the truths they told and how it will come back to haunt them. 2018 - A remote home Max, an art professor, has arrived at his protégé's (Audra) remote home to view her thesis collection. Little does he know that she has planned every A tale of vengeance, two storylines, 3 POV's, campfire, secrets, complicity academia, and artistic genius! 1988 - Prestigious art camp in the Maine woods They are gathered around the fire, they have potential, they are driven, they have ambition. They never thought about the truths they told and how it will come back to haunt them. 2018 - A remote home Max, an art professor, has arrived at his protégé's (Audra) remote home to view her thesis collection. Little does he know that she has planned everything to a "T” She knows his secret. She knows what happened in 1988... I found this to be slow and even when it grabbed my attention, it didn't completely "Wow" me. First off, I am not a fan of the whole "Gone girl" comparison that many book publisher’s tout. It irks me. I think we all know when we read books in certain genres that there may be unreliable narrators and/or there is going to be twists and reveals. Getting off my soap box now... But I did enjoy this book. I am not the biggest fan of slow builds or books on the slower side, so in parts - especially those in 2018, I wanted things to hurry up and get going already. The 1988 timeline was more enjoyable and worked better for me. Plus, I won’t lie, I enjoy works of art, but I have found that I'm not such a fan of a lot of talk about it. Yes, this book involves artists, art professors, etc. so talk of art is to be expected but.... It sounds like I am griping because I am. I love the title of this book and the synopsis was enticing but the slowness really brought the book down for me. I so wanted to love this. There is a good story here and while, I enjoyed it, I didn't love it as others did. So do yourself a favor and read their reviews as well. Although there were parts that did not work for me, I found it to be enjoyable but slow. I would read this author again. Thank you to Sourcebooks Landmark and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own. Read more of my reviews at www.openbookposts.com

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    Dual timeline? Gone Girl esque? WANT

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Woodbury

    You know how when you see M. Night Shyamalan directed a movie you go in expecting a twist? Likewise when you read a multiple-perspective thriller you go in expecting some big twists, especially one that has a gone-girl-esque feel like this one. I think that works against you, part of why Gone Girl worked was that we didn't know there was a twist, and it can leave you feeling quite unbalanced in a book like this one where, it turns out, there isn't actually a big twist. Which is almost a twist of You know how when you see M. Night Shyamalan directed a movie you go in expecting a twist? Likewise when you read a multiple-perspective thriller you go in expecting some big twists, especially one that has a gone-girl-esque feel like this one. I think that works against you, part of why Gone Girl worked was that we didn't know there was a twist, and it can leave you feeling quite unbalanced in a book like this one where, it turns out, there isn't actually a big twist. Which is almost a twist of its own. For me this didn't fully work, particularly in the 2018 side of the plot, because it just takes sooooo looong to do everything. A scene that should be a couple pages is drawn out to two or more long chapters. There's also not much tension, it's quite clear to the reader how Audra and Max connect to the 1988 storyline by about halfway through the book, and it's also quite clear what Audra's general intentions are even if we don't know her specific plan. At that point there aren't really anymore stakes and we already know how the 1988 storyline is going to go, so it starts to fall pretty flat. The fact that I felt like I knew what was going to happen meant I was waiting even more for some twist to pull the rug under me but it never really came. There were a couple of small reveals near the end, but nothing that really changed anything. And once you know everything, you realize there's not a lot of there there. Especially if, like me, you find all the scraps of too-purposely-strange diary entries to feel not at all natural. I don't need books to be super twisty and I think I would have liked this one better if it hadn't presented itself as a twisty book and just let us deal with everything, knowing everything all along. Give us more emotional stakes and not rely so much on suspense when there's not much suspense to be had.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    After reading some fantastic reviews on n Dark Things I Adore, I was excited to have my wish granted on Netgalley. I Unfortunately when I started this book I struggled to get into it. I put it aside and tried again but still I was lost. I found myself confused by the multiple characters and timelines. There is also alot of art talk and jargon that made my eyes glaze over. So many people have enjoyed this so don't just take my word for it. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for sending me thi After reading some fantastic reviews on n Dark Things I Adore, I was excited to have my wish granted on Netgalley. I Unfortunately when I started this book I struggled to get into it. I put it aside and tried again but still I was lost. I found myself confused by the multiple characters and timelines. There is also alot of art talk and jargon that made my eyes glaze over. So many people have enjoyed this so don't just take my word for it. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for sending me this book to read

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    This book was very interesting. The writing was lyrical and shared some similarities with the art it described - personal, abstract, jumping back and forth in timelines and subjects, full of color and atmosphere. The book begins with two seemingly unrelated storylines. The first takes place in 1998, at a sort of art commune in the woods, where everyone lives and loves intensely while creating their art. At the beginning, I was slightly less compelled by this storyline, but grew more interested as This book was very interesting. The writing was lyrical and shared some similarities with the art it described - personal, abstract, jumping back and forth in timelines and subjects, full of color and atmosphere. The book begins with two seemingly unrelated storylines. The first takes place in 1998, at a sort of art commune in the woods, where everyone lives and loves intensely while creating their art. At the beginning, I was slightly less compelled by this storyline, but grew more interested as the stories began to converge. The second, and more interesting to me, storyline was about an older, clearly creepy art professor named Max who has come to visit one of his young and beautiful students at her secluded home. Max is clearly consumed with the desire to possess the talented and beautiful Audra, both artistically and sexually. But Audra is more of a cipher. What is her motivation and what plans does she have in store for Max? What I liked about this story was the very interesting undercurrent and theme about artistic inspiration. Why does art arise only out of pain for some people? And why does a certain type of artist thrive specifically on objectifying and even hurting female subjects to make art? I thought these issues were thought-provoking and they were presented in a very interesting and unique way here. I also LOVED the ending. The first half of the book was a bit slower and meandered a little bit before getting to that very powerful and compelling ending, so it took me a little while to get to the enjoyment of this unique book. Karie Lattari is a creative and interesting new writer with a lot of potential. I really look forward to seeing what she might do in her next book if she can tighten up the plot somewhat and make the whole book as intense and creative as the last half of this one. Ultimately moving, thoughtful and unique. 3.75 stars. Thanks to Sourcebooks Landmark and NetGalley for this interesting ARC!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lou

    Dark Things I Adore is a riveting, absorbing and profoundly disturbing debut thriller that revolves around narcissism, ambition, vengeance and souring relationships and is effectively a very Gone Girl-esque tale of atonement that proves that in the grasp of manipulative men, women may momentarily fall. But in the hands of fierce women, men will be brought to their knees. Audra Colfax is the star painting student at the Boston Institute for the Visual Arts. At her remote family home in the wilds Dark Things I Adore is a riveting, absorbing and profoundly disturbing debut thriller that revolves around narcissism, ambition, vengeance and souring relationships and is effectively a very Gone Girl-esque tale of atonement that proves that in the grasp of manipulative men, women may momentarily fall. But in the hands of fierce women, men will be brought to their knees. Audra Colfax is the star painting student at the Boston Institute for the Visual Arts. At her remote family home in the wilds of Maine, she's putting the final touches to her thesis project, Benefaction. It's ready for her advisor, the esteemed Max Durant, to come up and review on this chilly October weekend. He doesn't know that Audra has obsessively engineered every last detail of his visit. Or that it had to be him from the start, advising her, so she could get to him by doing what he does best. He has no idea she knows his worst secret and that's the sole reason why he's there. What comes to light, chapter by spellbinding chapter is that one grand, grotesque act of selfishness committed by Max as a young man, followed by years of manipulating women for art, has set into motion the machinery of his own fatal undoing. A man should pay for his crimes, and no one is more deserving of revenge than the women to whom he owes his career. He should go into this weekend far more vigilant, but he's distracted, as always, by an overwhelming desire to have his own way. But Audra, who is well aware that he's a monster, doesn't know everything that simmers beneath his surface. This is an enthralling and compulsively readable thriller from start to finish which is full of toxic relationships and deviant behaviour in which the hunter becomes the hunted. It is a carefully plotted tale that well and truly flips the script and eviscerates the notion that a powerful man may simply apologise for his transgressions regardless of what they are and move on unscathed. It's complex and multilayered and the slow-burning start soon builds to a crescendo along with the nail-biting suspense and an underlying feeling of pure dread and unpredictability. Told in dual timelines that merge to form a scintillating but ultimately chilling conclusion, Dark Things I Adore is a deliciously dark, captivating read that is fraught with tension and surprise reveals, peopled by a morally ambiguous cast of characters and narrated by a rather unreliable individual. Highly recommended.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Heather *Undercover Summer Goth*

    I was browsing NetGalley one day and this title caught my eye. I mean, how could I not click on a book entitled Dark Things I Adore? So I did, and it wasn't available for request, but I wished for it, and my wish actually got granted! For the very first time! I've been reading a lot of thrillers recently, specifically female-driven ones, so I was excited about this. It was very well-written and twisty, and to top it all off, art was intrinsic to the plot! It's rare to read about art in fiction in I was browsing NetGalley one day and this title caught my eye. I mean, how could I not click on a book entitled Dark Things I Adore? So I did, and it wasn't available for request, but I wished for it, and my wish actually got granted! For the very first time! I've been reading a lot of thrillers recently, specifically female-driven ones, so I was excited about this. It was very well-written and twisty, and to top it all off, art was intrinsic to the plot! It's rare to read about art in fiction in an authentic, accessible way, but the author carried it off so well. The setting, an artists' retreat in New England, was fresh and unique. Some parts were genuinely chilling, which is so important in a thriller. Once things started falling into place, I felt this story required just a little suspension of disbelief. But at that point I was eager to get to the conclusion, so I didn't even mind. I was pretty much hooked from start to finish, and I'll definitely be reading more of the author's work in the future. 4-4.5 stars. Thank you to NetGalley for the chance to review!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Liz Barnsley

    Dark Things I Adore is a darkly observant and beautifully plotted revenge drama, layered and emotional, with an artistic sense of reality and a deeply emotional relevance. The characters are so real on the page, whilst this novel uses the popular past/present vibe to showcase its story it is done in a unique style, a mosaic of memories and feelings that is really effective in drawing in the reader and holding them there enthralled. Loved it. I sank into this one and it left me with all the feeling Dark Things I Adore is a darkly observant and beautifully plotted revenge drama, layered and emotional, with an artistic sense of reality and a deeply emotional relevance. The characters are so real on the page, whilst this novel uses the popular past/present vibe to showcase its story it is done in a unique style, a mosaic of memories and feelings that is really effective in drawing in the reader and holding them there enthralled. Loved it. I sank into this one and it left me with all the feelings. Very much recommended.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Darshayita Thakur

    MY BLOG | INSTAGRAM/BOOKSTAGRAM | TWITTER Are you seriously telling me that this is a debut novel? It certainly did not read like one This story follows a dual time line. In the present timeline of 2018-2019, we see Professor Max Durant and his protégé Audra Colfax. Max is a renowned artist, but he definitely is problematic. The way he just thinks about women in general did not make me warm up to the character from the beginning itself. I am guessing this was deliberate. This is how the character MY BLOG | INSTAGRAM/BOOKSTAGRAM | TWITTER Are you seriously telling me that this is a debut novel? It certainly did not read like one This story follows a dual time line. In the present timeline of 2018-2019, we see Professor Max Durant and his protégé Audra Colfax. Max is a renowned artist, but he definitely is problematic. The way he just thinks about women in general did not make me warm up to the character from the beginning itself. I am guessing this was deliberate. This is how the character needed to be painted. Max is trying hard to get close to Audra. This is something he has done before with various female students of his. The other timeline is that of 1988-1999, with the events taking place in a sort of art camp at Lupine Valley owned by old man Gus. He had a fondness of giving everyone nicknames. We follow several characters and the incidents they were involved in while at the camp. The important ones would be Moss, Mantis, Juniper and Coral. How is Max and Coral related to the people mentioned at the camp. The reader is easily led to believe that Max’s weekend getaway to Audra’s home is not going to turn out in his favour. What exactly are Audra’s intentions and why does she want to harm Max? Things get dark very quick and I love the build-up. It is slow yet much needed. The way art is incorporated and used for the narration left me wanting more. The story begs the question, where does the artist draw a line between differentiating their muse simply as a subject and a human being.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I received an ARC of this upcoming novel. I can't imagine a world in which it does not become a bestseller. Lattari weaves a captivating tale of secrets, lies, and ambition over multiple timelines in a Maine woods setting that starts out as idyllic and quickly turns sinister. It is a meditation on complicity, generational trauma, and the price of revenge. It haunted me - in a really good way. I received an ARC of this upcoming novel. I can't imagine a world in which it does not become a bestseller. Lattari weaves a captivating tale of secrets, lies, and ambition over multiple timelines in a Maine woods setting that starts out as idyllic and quickly turns sinister. It is a meditation on complicity, generational trauma, and the price of revenge. It haunted me - in a really good way.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Eliza Brazier

    “Pulsing with seductive menace, DARK THINGS I ADORE is a beautiful package, set to explode.”

  14. 5 out of 5

    Suesyn Zellmer

    Between the past and the present, a story unfolds of love and loss, secrets and lies. In the present day, a gifted painter, Audra, is traveling back to her remote home in Maine. She takes her art professor from Boston with her, a man by the name of Max Durant. A successful artist, but one who peaked decades ago, and everyone knows it. He is enchanted by Audra and has taken her under his wing to aid her career and serve as his unknowing muse. He believes he is coming to see her thesis collection, Between the past and the present, a story unfolds of love and loss, secrets and lies. In the present day, a gifted painter, Audra, is traveling back to her remote home in Maine. She takes her art professor from Boston with her, a man by the name of Max Durant. A successful artist, but one who peaked decades ago, and everyone knows it. He is enchanted by Audra and has taken her under his wing to aid her career and serve as his unknowing muse. He believes he is coming to see her thesis collection, but Audra has so much more to show him. Thirty years in the past, we see through the eyes of Juniper, one of the young instructors at Lupine Valley, an art retreat where students and teachers of all ages and talents come to learn and create. They are endowed with 'camp names' by the grizzly owner, Gus, so that they can all but be someone else completely when they are here. Even Coral, the nineteen year old who works as a cleaner has her own aspirations as an artist. But her fragile mental health continues to plague her, even amongst the circle of her supportive friends. But these friends have secrets and one night they are regretfully spilled. Suddenly, the friendships are strained and the secrets threaten to come out. But someone won't let that happen. The story unfolds slowly between the two narratives, and it doesn't take long to make the connections of who was who, then and now. It's a long journey if you're not a fan of art, as there are many long passages filled with creative meanderings, mostly through the narrative of Max in the present day. The inclusion of brief dated notes by one of the characters is intriguing at first, but became exhausting. Themes of manipulative abuse are rampant, yet the retribution for those who were wronged felt excessive. It's hard to justify behavior that is precisely as immoral as those you vilify, if not more so. Perhaps that is the message, after all. Just wait until you read that epilogue...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Waloven

    Holy WOW! This book covers everything a suspense novel requires, and then some. Communal campfire, cottages, lakes, woods, cliffs and mental health issues, suicidal behaviors, abuse, reckless behaviors, secrets and friendships, lovers, artsy students, ambitions. The story switches between 1988 and 2018 through a spattering of found things. I absolutely love the transitioning of time and how everything was laid and played out.

  16. 4 out of 5

    meg

    Woah! This book is a contender for my top book of 2021. Labeled as a thriller, this one is really an extremely twisty suspense that keeps the reader on the edge of your seat the whole journey. You start out following Audra as she dreams about impressing her professor Max. At a prestigious art school, she takes him to her remote home in the Maine countryside to review her thesis. Her story line is broken up by flashbacks to a group of kids in 1988 at an art camp navigating their own lives and tel Woah! This book is a contender for my top book of 2021. Labeled as a thriller, this one is really an extremely twisty suspense that keeps the reader on the edge of your seat the whole journey. You start out following Audra as she dreams about impressing her professor Max. At a prestigious art school, she takes him to her remote home in the Maine countryside to review her thesis. Her story line is broken up by flashbacks to a group of kids in 1988 at an art camp navigating their own lives and telling campfire secrets. One of my favorite aspects of this story is what is withheld from the reader. As you start out, you think you understand what is going on in Audras head. As each chapter plays out, Katie Lattari lets you in on more and more of Audras psyche that has been there the whole time, you just didn’t know it. This book was SO GOOD. I was literally obsessed and finished it in a few hours. There is so much underlying story here that Katie peels back so intentionally. This one was haunting and thrilling and it really makes you second guess everyone you meet and the baggage they carry. If you like thrillers, I hope you all get a chance to read this one. And I really hope Netflix makes a movie out of this because it would be 10/10. Thank you Sourcebooks for the chance to read this one early!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kari

    My Review Of DARK THINGS I ADORE By Author, Katie Lattari Published & Gifted by @Bookmarked On Sale: 9/14/21 - Purchase Link in my Bio ***** This was a dark and twisted portrayal that uses art to express emotion and the feelings of many of the many main characters in this phenomenal & unpredictable read. It is told is a dual timeline, both past and present using nicknames for characters in the past and real names in the present. That presented a bit of a challenge at first until I was able to memoriz My Review Of DARK THINGS I ADORE By Author, Katie Lattari Published & Gifted by @Bookmarked On Sale: 9/14/21 - Purchase Link in my Bio ***** This was a dark and twisted portrayal that uses art to express emotion and the feelings of many of the many main characters in this phenomenal & unpredictable read. It is told is a dual timeline, both past and present using nicknames for characters in the past and real names in the present. That presented a bit of a challenge at first until I was able to memorize who was who in each timeframe. Once I did, I was aghast as well as perplexed at the personalities and behaviors that could lead someone down a dark mindset and use someone else’s pain for their own creativity. The sickness of the brain presents itself in so many forms and the Author explores so many themes that envelop you and hold you hostage to the page, to make you want to keep turning and turning and turning….

  18. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    Three campfire secrets. Two witnesses. One dead in the trees. And the woman, thirty years later, bent on making the guilty finally pay. In 1988 a group of outcasts gather at a prestigious arts camp in the Maine woods. There are dark secrets from those days. Now, 2018, Max Durant is an esteemed art professor. He has been invited to his student's home, a privilege given she doesn't let anyone in. But as the story goes on, it is clear his student, Audra, has other motivations and a mystery unfolds.  Three campfire secrets. Two witnesses. One dead in the trees. And the woman, thirty years later, bent on making the guilty finally pay. In 1988 a group of outcasts gather at a prestigious arts camp in the Maine woods. There are dark secrets from those days. Now, 2018, Max Durant is an esteemed art professor. He has been invited to his student's home, a privilege given she doesn't let anyone in. But as the story goes on, it is clear his student, Audra, has other motivations and a mystery unfolds. While I started to enjoy this one, the now and then, going back to 2018 didn't really work for me. The 2018 timeline felt drawn out and I lost interest in parts as I couldn't easily place the connection. This is probably more about me than the novel and perhaps poor timing, as the book has some wonderful reviews.  Thanks to Netgalley for this advance review copy.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Marjorie

    I found this one a bit hard to get into at first. There were quite a few characters to sort through but as the story progressed, the main characters started to emerge. While there were no great twists and most readers will quickly figure things out, it’s still a very compelling, dark and suspenseful revenge story. I stayed up way too late reading the last quarter of this book and couldn’t wait until the next day to find out what happens and how it all pans out. The fact that this story takes pla I found this one a bit hard to get into at first. There were quite a few characters to sort through but as the story progressed, the main characters started to emerge. While there were no great twists and most readers will quickly figure things out, it’s still a very compelling, dark and suspenseful revenge story. I stayed up way too late reading the last quarter of this book and couldn’t wait until the next day to find out what happens and how it all pans out. The fact that this story takes place in the art world was an added plus for me. I found this to be a very well-written thriller that slowly builds momentum to an explosive conclusion. I’ll certainly be looking for future works from this author. Highly recommended. This was a Goodreads giveaway win for me.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Rees

    Wow wtf was this? It evoked such emotion and the rollercoaster ride was by far the most stomach dropping I’ve ever experienced. I loved every page. Coral was so so haunted and max so so ..well I won’t ruin it. One of the best suspenseful thrillers I’ve read in awhile., and I’ve read a lot. The ending was like a gut punch. I will keep thinking about this one.. Thank you NetGalley for this arc

  21. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Zemeckis

    Brilliant book. Told frim different pov and time lines - Audra the contemporary time line tells her story of a weekend getaway for her mentor a artist professor Max. He is thinking romance (or rather sex) but she has a surprise for him. She wants revenge - the other time line is Juniper - 30 Years prior at an artsy camp in the woods of Maine / The same woods Audra has taken Max. You will not be able to untangle this one - there is a murder, ambition, art and it’s so so good

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bruna (bruandthebooks)

    4.5 Perfect fall thriller alert! If I had to recommend only one book that would be the perfect fall thriller, this would be the one. I could hear the leaves crunching while reading it. I haven't been this invested in a thriller in a while. This book is unique, beautiful, and the setting is perfect. Imagine a little village in the end of the 80s, where artists go to learn, paint, and get creative. A little hippie artistic community. Some stay forever, some come and go. Some, like Moss, belong to 4.5 Perfect fall thriller alert! If I had to recommend only one book that would be the perfect fall thriller, this would be the one. I could hear the leaves crunching while reading it. I haven't been this invested in a thriller in a while. This book is unique, beautiful, and the setting is perfect. Imagine a little village in the end of the 80s, where artists go to learn, paint, and get creative. A little hippie artistic community. Some stay forever, some come and go. Some, like Moss, belong to this place. Coral arrives at Lupine Valley to be a helper at first. But little by little, her artistic side comes to live and soon she becomes Moss’ muse. But here’s the twisted thing: he only gets inspired by his muse when she’s at her worst. When she’s off her meds and having self-destructive thoughts. 2018: Audra invites her Professor, Max, to see her art project at her house, which is ironically, very close to where Lupine Valley used to be. The place that haunts his dreams every day, and he thought he left all the horrible memories behind. But it’s just a coincidence, right? This book is tremendously twisted, and I loved every page!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mellissa Bushby

    Whoa! What a dark and intriguing read this was! Vengeance, they say, is a dish best served cold, and this was garnished with sharp slivers of ice as cold as steel. Let's start with Audra. I genuinely liked her. Her talent, her soft side, her determination.... this is someone I would have loved to have known, I think we would have been firm friends. Coral, not so much. Max, well. I found him spineless, brattish and weak, and Mantis a brute, with the brain of a brute. Juniper grew on me. Quite a c Whoa! What a dark and intriguing read this was! Vengeance, they say, is a dish best served cold, and this was garnished with sharp slivers of ice as cold as steel. Let's start with Audra. I genuinely liked her. Her talent, her soft side, her determination.... this is someone I would have loved to have known, I think we would have been firm friends. Coral, not so much. Max, well. I found him spineless, brattish and weak, and Mantis a brute, with the brain of a brute. Juniper grew on me. Quite a crowd back in the day, I wonder - was it really like this at these camps and retreats? Count me out, if so. I loved the planning, Audra's attention to detail. I wasn't sure exactly what had happened or why we were on this journey (it becomes grimly clear later on) but I trusted her, she was steadfast and sure and I had the utmost faith in her conviction. I knew that what she was doing was justified. Atmospheric and chock full of dark things, this is mot certainly worth a read. Thanks to NetGalley, the author and publisher for my ARC.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Leighton

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review! First off, I want to talk about how excited I was when I got approved to review this ARC. I had missed the initial request period for this ARC, so when I got the "Wishes do come true!" email, I was ecstatic. The synopsis compares this book to Lucey Foley and Gone Girl, so I knew that I had to read it as soon as I could. Thank you again to the publisher for this opportunity! Dark Things I Adore by Katie Lattari Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review! First off, I want to talk about how excited I was when I got approved to review this ARC. I had missed the initial request period for this ARC, so when I got the "Wishes do come true!" email, I was ecstatic. The synopsis compares this book to Lucey Foley and Gone Girl, so I knew that I had to read it as soon as I could. Thank you again to the publisher for this opportunity! Dark Things I Adore by Katie Lattari is an intense thriller about a group of artists and the power and destruction that comes with the territory. The book alternates perspectives between Max, a well-known artist and professor, Audra, his student, an artistic genius, and Juniper, a woman with a circle of friends in 1988. The story switches between the past, when something dark is happening within the group of friends, and the present, when Audra has invited Max to an out-of-the-way cabin to show him her thesis work. Here is a quote from Part One, from Max's perspective: "When Audra first proposed this one-on-one visit, I’d been pleasantly surprised, even a little triumphant. But things couldn’t help but flicker back into memory like sunlight breaking through clouds. Images. Emotions. Colors: cadmium yellow, alizarin crimson, prism violet, cerulean blue. Just snippets, catches of history." Here is a quote from Part One, from Audra's perspective, describing Max: "His dark-wash jeans, easily a couple hundred dollars, are bespoke. He’s crisp. Deep-brown leather Chelsea boots on his feet. Designer. Everything about him is designer. Designed. His clothing, his home, his reputation, his life. He has crafted it all with an almost religious egotism with himself at its center, his own god, his own theology. He is that pretentious a figure in a sea of large, thick men wearing slouched, faded jeans and layered workman’s flannels stained with the proof of real labor. Motor oil, tree sap, soil." The excerpts above show the artistic writing style that the author uses, which is perfect considering the subject matter. The writing style of the author is a highlight of the book, and I enjoyed it a lot. The effect is even clearer and stunning when the author describes bloody exhibitions and mysterious notes in the book. The climax of the book was so scary and thrilling, and the author's writing style made it even more so. I greatly enjoyed this book, especially the ending. If I had to complain about one thing, I would say that there was no twist a la Gone Girl. In fact, the whole story is pretty much revealed in the description, so I would urge any potential readers to skip the description and go in blind. Overall, Dark Things I Adore is a moody, artistic thriller that will appeal to readers of Chevy Stevens or Ruth Ware, among others. If you enjoy exciting thrillers and you don't care that there isn't a massive twist, I highly recommend that you check out this book when it comes out in September!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lavender

    This is an atmospheric thriller with a good plotline and interesting characters but with a very slow pacing. It also has some chapters with notes form one of the characters which are weird and only made sense at the end and still they seemed strange and not really necessary. This story is told in two timelines. One is in the present and there we meet Audra, an incredible talented art student who for some reasons invites her mentor, Max, to stay for a weekend at her remote family home in Maine. M This is an atmospheric thriller with a good plotline and interesting characters but with a very slow pacing. It also has some chapters with notes form one of the characters which are weird and only made sense at the end and still they seemed strange and not really necessary. This story is told in two timelines. One is in the present and there we meet Audra, an incredible talented art student who for some reasons invites her mentor, Max, to stay for a weekend at her remote family home in Maine. Max obviously thinks this weekend is finally the time she will sink into his arms and becomes his newest lover. The second timeline is thirty years in the past were some young aspiring students meet at the same place in Maine to work on their art. Soon you can sense there is a connection between these two stories. The story, especially the one in the past, is quite atmospheric and moody. The one in the present radiates a more foreboding vibe. Because from the start you knew Audra is planning something bad happening to Max. I must admit although the story is interesting I had some problems to keep involved. It moves so slowly. And I never connected to any of the characters. Max is just despicable. With Audra you can sense immediately that she has her own agenda. In the past there is the main narrator, Juniper. She is a realistic character. She is one of the good ones but still says nothing when she witness abuse. And I never got the magic that obviously surrounded Coral. She is a disturbed person and I guess people back in the eighties or nineties were not so aware of mental health issues like people are now. But still she is a weird character and I never got the spell she casts on to the people around her. For me she just was a deeply troubled young woman who needed help. The story is a mix of haunting and boredom. While it has all the ingredients it failed to deliver. The story was too slow, the two timelines never connected and it never captured me. There are no “Gone Girl” vibes here, the narrator is never anything like that. There is not real twist because you can easily figure out who is who and how they are connected. I even expected the “end twist” because it is quite obvious. This is not a bad thing. Not every story has to shock you with an unexpected twist. But this book missed something. Maybe not a killer twist but something that made it special, unusual. And for me that was missing here. Something, that made this story unforgettable and unique. I failed to find that, unfortunately. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reveiw

  26. 5 out of 5

    ℳacarena

    A different kind of thriller with dark academia vibes, also full of deep feelings, fear, manipulation, and vengeance. The story is narrated by three characters: Max, Audra, and Juniper. Max is an artist and and he teaches at the university where Audra studies. In fact, they're very close. Audra is a brilliant artist who is preparing her thesis and is being guided by Max. She lives alone in a cosy and beautiful house in Greenville, Maine, and has invited Max to spend the weekend there and help her A different kind of thriller with dark academia vibes, also full of deep feelings, fear, manipulation, and vengeance. The story is narrated by three characters: Max, Audra, and Juniper. Max is an artist and and he teaches at the university where Audra studies. In fact, they're very close. Audra is a brilliant artist who is preparing her thesis and is being guided by Max. She lives alone in a cosy and beautiful house in Greenville, Maine, and has invited Max to spend the weekend there and help her with her thesis project. Both characters narrate the story set in 2018-2019. Juniper is an artist who has spent years in Lupine Valley Arts Collective (Maine), a sort of "artists camp". Here, people come to learn and grow as artists. When the time has come, they can teach. Juniper's story is set in 1988-1989. The whole story is quite original. The vibes we get from the artists camp are interesting as well as the characters, especially Coral. Some events that take place in Lupine Valley make me wonder, how far can someone go to feel inspired and make art? A different kind of thriller with this dark academia vibes, also full of deep feelings, fear, manipulation, and vengeance. Thanks to Sourcebooks Landmark and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for my honest review. Publication day: 14 Sep 2021. Already on pre sale.

  27. 5 out of 5

    rebecca doyle

    A fantastic thriller that takes place over multiple timelines, the plot will be of particular interest to anyone interested in art! This book is full of suspence and manages to keep you hooked from the first page. The ending will definitely leave you thinking.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Addison

    3.5 stars. One thing I have to give the writer is she knows how to write narcissistic men and what I imagine it's like to hear their inner monologue. :) 3.5 stars. One thing I have to give the writer is she knows how to write narcissistic men and what I imagine it's like to hear their inner monologue. :)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Well, I didn't care for the back and forth time zones but can understand how it can build character..and characters. Good read, twisty to the very end. 3.5 Well, I didn't care for the back and forth time zones but can understand how it can build character..and characters. Good read, twisty to the very end. 3.5

  30. 4 out of 5

    Melinda

    Review to come.

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