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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Speed of Dark: A Novel by Patricia Ricketts is a fantasy with three different points of view telling a tale of anguish, survival, and love. Mary Em Phillips was ready to end her life after a series of unfortunate events. Her Mamie passed away, her son Petey succumbed to an infection, and her husband Jack left her for another woman. Things couldn’t be worse for her. Lake Michigan called her to its icy depths, and Mary had nothing left in her life to hold on to. However, that changed when Mosely Albright came knocking on her back door, looking for some water and directions to the trains. A black man who lived a hard life, Mosely needed nothing but love whereas Mary Em wanted to end her misery once and for all. The two were as different as could be, but fate had other plans for them.
I loved the narrative and the direction of the story. Speed of Dark has three protagonists - Mary Em, Mosely, and Mishigami (Lake Michigan). Patricia Ricketts gave all three of them a worthy voice that will connect them with readers and is relatable. I was fascinated by Mishigami’s voice. It was heart-breaking and a little vengeful at times. He sought a champion that would fight for the lake, the life inside the lake, and the benefits it provided to the surrounding community. Mary Em’s character was very vulnerable and a little tense, at all times. On the contrary, Mosely was positive, hopeful, and ready to take charge. The two of them were different, but they were a great help to each other. Mary was Mosely’s hope, and Mosely was Mary’s courage to fight on. The author did a fantastic job telling a complex story. Unique and interesting!