Book Review: Light in the Shadows

Light in the Shadows by A. Meredith Walters

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

This book is a sequel to Find You in the Dark by A. Meredith Walters, and if you want to read my review of it, click here. If you decide to read that book, do not read this review because it contains spoilers to the first book.

How do you keep going when you feel like your life is over?
Maggie never thought she’d see Clay again. So, she attempts to put her life back together after her heart has been shattered to pieces. Moving on and moving forward, just as Clay wanted her to.
Clay never stopped thinking of Maggie. Even after ripping their lives apart and leaving her behind to get the help he so desperately needed. He is healing…slowly. But his heart still belongs to the girl who tried to save him.
When a sudden tragedy brings Maggie and Clay face to face again, nothing is the same. Yet some things never change. Can the darkness that threatened to consume them be transformed into something else and finally give them what they always wanted? And can two people who fought so hard to be together, finally find their happiness? Or will their demons and fear drive them apart for good?
The thing about love is even when it destroys you, it has a way of mending what is broken. And in the shadows, you can still see the light.

You are everything good in my life. Even when I thought all I had was the darkness, you were there. And you gave me something to live for. I couldn’t let you go. No matter how hard I tried. I know now that’s because to lose you would be losing the very best part of myself.

I remember grinning from ear to ear as I closed the book, extremely satiated and satisfied after days. I had read Find You in the Dark, loved it, and I couldn’t wait even a minute to find out what happened next. The book had ended with a cliffhanger and I had wanted to know how the whole situation had panned out. And I can say that it had been one helluva ride, a rollercoaster of emotions. This book was better than the first one in this two-book series…more intense, truthful, real, and healing.

It begins not long after the first book in this series ends, with Maggi struggling with her breakup with Clay.

Just as I had started reading this one, I had known it was going to be quite a journey, with highs and lows, uncontrollable sobbing and snot all over my pillow. I had expected everything to fall into place by the end of this book, and it did. The last one had left me mopey and a blubbering mess.

The first one was a mindfuck, with Clay’s character extremely unpredictable and Maggie and Clay’s relationship very toxic. I had wanted this story to have a happy ending, and I am glad the author decided to write this one. It was better than the first one — their relationship was better, Clay begins therapy in this one and finds it helpful. Maggie and her best friends help Clay as well. It was really good and engaging.

There were so many moments where I felt like no amount of tissue paper would stop me from crying, and I found myself running out of them to dab at my tear-soaked cheeks. There were also some moments when I felt that my body was too small to contain the happiness, which was spilling out.

I am a sucker for sappy love stories, and I guess this one turned out to be something I enjoyed.

I really enjoyed reading about the characters. Maggie, hands down, was my favorite character in this book. Come to think of it, I hadn’t quite as much enjoyed reading about her in the first book. I realized that she had become a mature teenager — she acts like a reckless one in some major scenes in the last book– and she acts as a very supportive friend and girlfriend.

I loved Clay in this book. He goes through so much in the first book and acts like a stupid and reckless person. And in this book, he becomes a whole new version of himself that is respectful, adorable and smart.

I loved Ruby, who is Clay’s aunt. And Maggie’s parents are a gift. They are the epitome of love. I loved reading about Daniel and Rachel too– they’re Maggie’s besties, who are in a relationship. I enjoyed reading their stories! I think Maggie has quite a few amazing people in her life.

In the first book, we only come to know the story from Maggie’s point of view, and adding Clay’s point of view to this story made it so much better and engaging. I had wanted him to be the narrator when I had read the first one, and I am glad the author decided to grant my wishes lmao.

There are a few scenes in this book that are pretty graphic, and a few subjects that can hurt some people. These include suicide attempts (in the past), cutting, BPD, talk of depression, bipolar disorder, death of a loved one, grief, panic attacks, toxic relationship, etc. It also has pretty graphic sex-scenes, and if you do not like to read that kind of stuff, stay away from this book.

All in all, I enjoyed reading this book and I am glad the author decided to give this book a hopeful ending.

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