The Painted Darkness review


The Painted Darkness


Goodreads: When Henry was a child, something terrible happened in the woods behind his home, something so shocking he could only express his grief by drawing pictures of what he had witnessed. Eventually Henry’s mind blocked out the bad memories, but he continued to draw, often at night by the light of the moon.

Twenty years later, Henry makes his living by painting his disturbing works of art. He loves his wife and his son and life couldn’t be better… except there’s something not quite right about the old stone farmhouse his family now calls home. There’s something strange living in the cramped cellar, in the maze of pipes that feed the ancient steam boiler.

A winter storm is brewing and soon Henry will learn the true nature of the monster waiting for him down in the darkness. He will battle this demon and, in the process, he may discover what really happened when he was a child and why, in times of trouble, he thinks: I paint against the darkness.

But will Henry learn the truth in time to avoid the terrible fate awaiting him… or will the thing in the cellar get him and his family first?

Started this book at work a few hours ago never imagining that I would get it finished this quickly.  It is 247 pages long.  I know this for sure because I just finished thumbing back through them sure that I had to have somehow skipped a couple chapters to be finished already.  That is not the case – it really did go that fast.

In the story, Henry has long lived with something terrible that he saw as a five year old but he doesn’t remember what it was.  After a fight with his wife, Henry is left alone in their new farmhouse where the ancient boiler lives in the basement waiting to devour Henry and his family.

Whenever Henry has something he can’t deal with in reality, he slips into a fantasy world where he draws everything to life.  He “paints against the darkness” that grows within himself.

The book is well done and goes swiftly along as you try to put together the jumbled mess that flows from Henry’s inner world.  Are there really rabbits with red eyes or are they figments of his imagination? Did he really fall in the river and get pulled beneath the ice or did he make that up? He isn’t sure.

I enjoyed the story and how simply it is written.  I give the story an A!  🙂




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