‘Dark Hope’ by Monica McGurk follows a girl called Hope who spent her childhood being looked after by her over-protective father following abduction when she was younger. On moving to live with her mother as a teenager, Hope finds herself catching the attention of a mysterious boy, Michael, and involved in a project about human trafficking – something that brings up memories of her past and drags her into an adventure greater than she ever thought possible.
This is a book about angels. As I have never read a book about angels before, this made for an interesting read on my part. What made it even more prominent in my mind was the emphasis on human trafficking, a dark subculture of humanity that is purely terrifying. McGurk manages to bring this issue into the spotlight without ever detracting from the story she is trying to tell, instead having it intertwine with Hope’s own journey.
Hope is an excellent heroine. She falls into neither the damsel in distress nor the Mary Sue trope. Instead, she just feels real. Hope is a character who makes her own decisions and faces the consequences for them, consequences that are realistic and permanent. The other characters are equally well-developed. I particularly felt sympathetic for her parents, Mona in particular, both of whom were starkly different, yet loved their daughter unconditionally, albeit in different ways. Michael was also exceedingly refreshing. As the love interest, there was a danger of him falling into ‘perfection’ territory, yet instead he had his flaws, his own demons and was a fascinating character.
This novel is told in multiple perspectives, so you do get to see different sides to the story, with different focuses as well. You are able to get fully invested in the various sides. I particularly loves that contrast between the supernatural aspect of Hope’s teenaged perspectives with the realism of Mona’s adult perspective.
Overall, I found this book to be a really enjoyable read. From the beginning to the end, I was hooked and did not want to leave the world which McGurk had created. I am looking forward to seeing where Hope’s journey goes in the next book ‘Dark Rising’. If you do consider getting this book, from what I understand, a portion of the profits go to charities working against human trafficking – always a bonus.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.