By Leanna Renee Hieber
Publication date: Nov. 8, 2011
Sourcebooks Fire, 336 pages
The Picture of Dorian Gray meets Pride and Prejudice, with a dash of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
New York City, 1882. Seventeen-year-old Natalie Stewart’s latest obsession is a painting of the handsome British Lord Denbury. Something in his striking blue eyes calls to her. As his incredibly life-like gaze seems to follow her, Natalie gets the uneasy feeling that details of the painting keep changing…
Jonathan Denbury’s soul is trapped in the gilded painting by dark magic while his possessed body commits unspeakable crimes in the city slums. He must lure Natalie into the painting, for only together can they reverse the curse and free his damaged soul.
— Amazon.com description
Things I liked about this book:
1. Victorian setting: Carriages and fancy gowns! Gotta love that.
2. Murder mystery: A whodunit always captures my attention.
3. The supernatural element: The guy is trapped in a paining! How cool is that? Love such a fresh, visual idea.
4. Sign language: As a recent student of ASL, I had to appreciate this bit.
But…somehow it didn’t really add up for me, personally. I think a lot of this was in the storytelling, in that the diary entries and Natalie’s voice were off-putting to me. And the love story was a little too swoony too. OKAY, I love swoon, but this was Victorian swoon, which made me roll my eyes a bit.
So Darker Still was not for me, but I think a lot of people who love a supernatural story in a historical setting would enjoy it!