Book Review: The Dark Inside by Rupert Wallis

December 1, 2014

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: The Dark Inside by Rupert WallisThe Dark Inside by Rupert Wallis
Published by Simon and Schuster Children's Books on 30th January 2014
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 368
When thirteen-year-old James discovers a homeless man in an abandoned house, the course of his life changes dramatically. Hoping to find a 'cure' for a dark curse inflicted on the homeless man, the pair embark on a journey together not knowing that what they discover will impact them both in ways they never imagined...A gripping and haunting story about loss and hope, perfect for fans of Patrick Ness and David Almond.

If we’re being totally honest with one another here, I’m not entirely sure why I requested The Dark Inside. I think I got a little blind-sided by Netgalley and the reviews that I’d seen for this book and thought it would be a good idea to read it myself, even though I knew it wasn’t going to be a book for me. And unfortunately, I was right.

If you were to ask me right now what The Dark Inside was about, I wouldn’t really have a proper answer to give you. Even after I’ve pondered over it for ages, I’m still not entirely sure what I read. The writing itself was excellent – easily my favourite part of the book – but the storyline just didn’t really go anywhere for me. I was totally lost the whole time I was reading, which I feel really bad about, but this just goes to show that a book simply cannot be for everyone. I know people who enjoyed The Dark Inside, but it just wasn’t one for me.

I never really got attached to the characters either. I felt like we didn’t know enough about them for me to really connect and feel anything for them at all. I was totally ambivalent about them all and I hate that. I did read The Dark Inside quickly, and I think that was because I enjoyed the writing and found it easy to read as I didn’t have that connection with a character that made me savour my time with them. Awful to say, but true.

The Dark Inside is certainly not the worst book I’ve read, just not the best book for me. We just didn’t click like I have done with other books, but that’s okay. It doesn’t mean it was terrible, we just didn’t work out.