Brian Keene is one of those authors who has found his “voice” as a writer. While the premise with Darkness is very Stephen King-esque — a town waking up to a cloud of darkness around its entire borders — Keene’s approach to the subject is uniquely his own.
Rather than psychotic sociopaths or the wounded protagonist with a backstory from hell, this tale centers around extremely ordinary characters, and therein lies its charm. It’s you and me and everyone we come in contact with on a daily basis who have been trapped inside potentially the last town still standing.
As the darkness taunts and “infects” those residents still living, we see the tragic side of humanity as — much like real life — even our heroes are found to be flawed and highly conflicted. Once again, this is another novel with some subtle tie-ins to Lovecraftian fiction, and there was just enough shown to entice rather than drown you in lore.
A stellar novel that’s as much social commentary as it is entertaining, as really aren’t we all trying to keep the darkness out from the edges of our lives? A definite recommend.