Review: Darkness Matters by Jay McLean


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.
A shut-in.
An introvert.
Luckily for him, that’s not how the girl next door sees him.


So I finished this book yesterday afternoon, but I needed to take the night to reflect and gather my thoughts. The longer I thought, the more p*ssed off I became. You know why, because this feels like half a story, where I barely got any f*ckin’ answers! Allow me to re-wind and explain.

First off, Jay mentions that this isn’t a full on love story. I am all, okay I can get behind this because I love a good, dark read anyways. Then you learn every little detail about Noah, why he is the way he is, what screwed him up, etc. You get the picture. The problem is, you literally learn nothing about Andie, I truly have no idea who she is.

In addition, there was a major plot twist dropped at 96% and then NO CLOSURE! I have probably 20 questions that I was left with and none of them were answered and it p*ssed me off. It was like Jay hit the word count goal and just ended the damn novel without actually finishing it. What happened to Matt? What exactly happened to Andie? Did Noah return to baseball? Did new renters come in? These are only a few of the questions that I was left with.

It truly felt like half a story. I learned a bunch about Noah with tiny glimpses of Andie’s past which does absolutely nothing to satisfy the questions I have. This book could have been so much more. As someone who struggles with depression, Jay could have truly captured how people are affected and instead I felt like this was just a brief half-*ss attempt.


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