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Reviewed by Antoinette Wessels for Readers' Favorite
What Hides in the Darkness by K.L. Cottrell, book one in The Light Trilogy, is the magical love story of Gabe and Marienne. After a car accident in which both her parents died and Marienne narrowly escaped death, she starts to see monsters everywhere. No one else seems to see the creatures parading around as normal people, forcing Marienne to isolate herself from the rest of the world. One day Marienne sees a glowing young man fighting these monsters and a whole new world is opened to her. Through Gabe, she learns that she can be part of an organization, The Lightforce, whose sole purpose is to rid the world of the monsters it doesn’t see. After joining The Lightforce, Marienne feels part of a family again and it doesn’t take long before a beautiful relationship starts to unfold between Gabe and Marienne. But all lovely stories have a dark side and before long, Light People start dying in large numbers. It’s up to Gabe and his good friend Wes to investigate the reason for this, which is worse than what they anticipated.
What Hides in the Darkness was beautifully written by K.L. Cottrell. The relationship between Marienne and Gabe is written in a way that doesn’t feel rushed but happens naturally. This natural pace increases a bit when The Lightforce realizes that there are more threats in the world than just the everyday monsters. In the plot, the themes of identity, friendship, and family are intertwined. Marienne needs to re-establish who she is as a person after the accident, losing family members and, through the new part of her life, gaining new friends. This revaluation of Marienne leads to necessary character development and by the end of the novel, Marienne has already started to show maturing in herself. What Hides in the Darkness is not without action and a few scenes will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. I feel that this book is just the beginning of a great trilogy.