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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
After d Dark by Aderonke Moyinlorun is a powerful novel with great psychological undertones, a story of abuse, revenge, and murder. Miki Daniels has suffered a lot from her childhood, including rape. After experiencing an abusive childhood and surviving the worst imaginable form of sexual slavery, she finally finds the freedom to pursue the things she desires most in life. But the scars of her past hinder her from accepting love. But when Vincent Ali enters her life, everything changes. She feels accepted as she is and loved tenderly, until her past catches up with her. This time, can she allow it to destroy her or will she rise up against it? Read on to find out a woman’s response to a past that has almost crippled her life.
After d Dark is an emotionally intense story that explores the darkness within the human psyche, the pervasiveness of desire, and how the past can affect the way we live and love in the present. The writing is lovely and it has very insightful and intelligent passages. Told in the first person narrative, the story contains great conversations, some of them through text messaging. The dialogues help to enhance character development, allow the reader to penetrate the minds of the characters, and improve the plot elements. The narrative voice is arresting and, right from the first page, it becomes impossible to ignore the seductive voice that draws the reader into the worldview of the protagonist. Aderonke Moyinlorun’s protagonist is a character that readers will love, the personification of what is broken in most readers, and the hurts most of them try to deny until it catches up with them. This was an enjoyable read for me, and I must say it is literature for adult readers.