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Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite
When you read Darkness Descends (The Twisted Climb) you will find J.C. Kavanagh brings up a topic many have often wondered about; can dreams be connected? This is the author's second book featuring Connor, Jayden, Max, and Richard as they explore this world made of nightmares. Just when they thought they were done fighting off wolves, snakes, spiders, and the scary scarred young man, they must go back and find Georgia who is hidden within this realm. Connor calls on his friends, but is amazed when he finds they actually exist in real life. Secrets are discovered, friendships are forged, and many paths are set for a better future. Yet, as they set one free from bitterness and fear, another steps up and grabs the cutters, making the reader believe this world will continue and the author adds another twist to this dreadful world of fright.
You will find Darkness Descends (The Twisted Climb) is written for young adults, and though it could have a "horror" theme, J.C. Kavanagh wrote this more as a suspense novel, leaving the reader to think about what they would find frightening in their own dreams. What makes this novel touch the reader is, as the main characters discover, that facing life's challenges is much more alarming than volcanoes, vine bridges, or falling down a waterfall. Kavanagh connects with young people at their level and addresses the trials they encounter day to day. I found this novel to be very well written and connected with the characters quickly. Although they didn't all come from homes where they felt loved, they felt real.