INSIDE DARKNESS by Hudson Lin

INSIDE DARKNESS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A journalist and an aid worker fall in love amid the hustle of humanitarian work and world news.

Tyler Ang and Cam Donnelly couldn’t be more different. Cam is a “lifer,” a refugee aid worker who has been in the field for too many years. He’s worked in many corners of the world, doing his best to better the lives of the people in his charge. But when a reporter and his crew show up at his refugee camp in Kenya, he is distracted in a way he can’t let himself be, for multiple reasons. Tyler is an up-and-coming journalist looking for an angle that will make his new company realize he’s better than what they’re using him for. The reporting he does in Kenya is bound to help him rise in the ranks. The two share several chance encounters after Cam relocates stateside, and they decide to pursue something deeper. Unfortunately, they each have their own issues: Cam suffers from severe PTSD from his years in the field, and Tyler has to deal with blatant and unconscious racism from all sides, leading to his own uncertainty regarding where he belongs. While this isn’t a coming-out story, Cam’s PTSD is influenced in part by actions he relates to his being gay. Lin approaches her characters with thoughtful consideration, allowing them to grow and learn with each other’s support. The love story is almost underplayed as both Cam and Tyler get their lives in order, and it works.

A compelling love story that doesn’t back away from dark situations.

Pub Date: June 11th, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-62649-788-7
Page count: 232pp
Publisher: Riptide
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2018




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