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Reviewed by Shrabastee Chakraborty for Readers' Favorite
From Daylight To Madness by Jennifer Anne Gordon introduces us to the mysterious journey of a broken woman. When her newborn son left this world after living a mere three minutes, a part of Isabelle also died with him. Her manipulative mother-in-law conspired with her spineless son to send Isabelle away. Haunted by the memories of those precious three minutes, she makes the journey to a facility set on a distant island. Soon she realizes there is more to the place than meets the eye. Why is the morning tea always laced with sedatives? What secrets lie hidden in the hazy consciousness of the female residents? Her feelings become more complicated as she starts falling for a young priest, seemingly her only friend in this dark place.
I loved every aspect of this book. The pages drip with gut-wrenching emotion. The aftermath of the infant's death leaves Isabelle grieving and numb. Her recurring thoughts and half-dazed nightmares, indicative of a gradual descent into madness, are truly unsettling to read. At every turn, Isabelle’s story reminds us of the unseen barriers society has placed on women. Also, Jennifer Anne Gordon has added a distinctly unnerving gothic undertone that intensifies the mystery. The oppressiveness surrounding the home, the cryptic remarks made by various characters, and the enigmatic faithless priest make the book even more engaging. The story ends on a cliffhanger that left me waiting for the next installment of the series. I would wholeheartedly recommend From Daylight To Madness to those who appreciate dark, gothic horrors.