My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I was a massive fan of this author’s first book, Every Ugly Word, and was thrilled to get an ARC of Dark Touch. Luckily, it didn’t disappoint. Once again I was transported deep into the heart of the main character, Tully, as she navigates her life. She’s tough because she has to be, putting on a brave face for the world that treats her like crap. Why? Because her hand has a mysterious power to show people her thoughts if she touches them. (I LOVED this so much, btw). Also being the poor daughter of a loser father doesn’t help either. She is a freak in school and everyone knows to avoid her, but she’s good at dealing with it thanks to some experience in dealing with a horrible home life thanks to her alcoholic and abusive father.
And then Chris meets her in the most ironic of all places and wants to be her friend. Can I just say I am in love with this love interest? It was SO refreshing to meet a guy who is good and clean and sweet without some kind of agenda or hidden motives. (Also he’s hot, so yeah, I’m on board.) He was exactly what Tully needed and honestly, I’d read five thousand more pages of Chris and Tully’s happy moments without pausing to eat or sleep.
Now that someone thinks Tully is worthy of being loved and being accepted for who she is, Tully isn’t sure she can believe it or trust him. She’s not sure anyone deserves trust, not even herself. There were times where I wanted to grab Tully by the shoulders and yell at her and tell her to ACCEPT THE LOVE, DAMMIT but–the fact that she was so flawed is very much realistic to someone living with an abuser. So I think the realism here is what really pulls at your heart as you’re reading. You root for Tully and hope that eventually she will make you proud. (Not telling what happens, you’ll have to find out.)
I also really loved the Rudy character who is kind of a bad guy in the book. He was written very well and you could understand why he was so good at tripping her up when she was trying to make progress in her life.
In the end, things work out in a way that makes you feel like you helped save someone’s life and also fell deeply in love yourself. And I love a book that can do that.