Absolute Darkness by Tina O’Hailey

Posted June 28, 2018 by midnightreview in Reviews / 0 Comments

Published: 28th June 2018


Inescapable death and love await…
….in the timeless depths.

Sitting by the campfire, Brandy admitted a secret to her friends. She swore she saw a ghost when exiting a cave earlier that day. Was she seeing things? Did they believe her? The next day, breaking a cardinal rule, she snuck back to the cave alone. No one knew where she was. What if she fell or was trapped? There would be no rescue.

For ten thousand years Alexander had kept the time streams of this universe safe from an eternal destructive force that continually threatened to tamper and destroy all. Locked in an unremitting battle, the two foes become sidetracked by an unexpected visitor. An entangled journey begins with chilling twists and turns until becoming locked into an inescapable death in a submerged cave.
Who will come out of the watery depths alive?

My Thoughts:

This was a really interesting concept of a book, the whole idea of someone (a being) able to experience time in a different way and can manipulate it to their own ends, changing the linears (people who travel through time in a straight line) past to influence the future and keep the universe on track.

Brandy and Susan are best friends who like to spend their free time caving. I know nothing about caving, however I found these scenes really well written and I felt immersed in the experience of the hobby – almost claustrophobic in some instants – especially the cave diving scenes, having had a diving accident, I do know first hand how dangerous that can be.  I really warmed to the characters of Brandy and Susan, they have flaws like any person but their friendship endures and helps them through the events to come.

It took me a lot longer to warm to the character of Alexander, I initially felt he was very selfish but his character evolves as the book goes on and you realise his motivation for doing what he does. I did enjoy the descriptions of Alexanders home, it reminded me very much of the plane that DEATH lives on in the Disc World books.

Tina has borrowed bits of myth and made characters and a world that is truly her own – this book is really fast paced for the most part which kept me engaged and reading. The pace slows a little in the middle of the book where everything is explained and plans are formed but it soon picked up again. I got a little confused in places when the timeline gets altered but you soon get back on track. Throughout the book you feel like something is coming, something big – it just keeps building and building to its ultimate crescendo. For fans of the genre I would recommend picking up this book and giving it a whirl you won’t be disappointed.

Many thanks to the author and publisher for a copy in exchange for an honest review


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