Review: Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber

Darker Still by Leanna Renee HieberPublisher: Sourcebooks Fire (November 8, 2011)
Paperback: 317 pages
Rating: of 5 stars

I was obsessed.

It was as if he called to me, demanding I reach out and touch the brushstrokes of color swirled onto the canvas. It was the most exquisite portrait I’d ever seen–everything about Lord Denbury was unbelievable…utterly breathtaking and eerily lifelike.

There was a reason for that. Because despite what everyone said, Denbury never had committed suicide. He was alive. Trapped within his golden frame.

I’ve crossed over into his world within the painting, and I’ve seen what dreams haunt him. They haunt me too. He and I are inextricably linked–bound together to watch the darkness seeping through the gas-lit cobblestone streets of Manhattan. Unless I can free him soon, things will only get Darker Still.


Despite being mute and a female in New York City in 1880, Natalie is pretty adventurous. We’re given direct view into her thoughts because of the  method used to tell the story. However, I’m not sold on the method. It’s a form of epistolary novel using Natalie’s journal as the main source. Doing it this way led to a lot of passivity because she was only able to update her journal after the fact.

The romance seemed a bit forced but that’s probably due to how there was that instant attraction and rather disconcerting obsession Natalie seems to develop with Jonathan. Sure, she was basically his only contact with the outside world and trying to help him, but that doesn’t change how quickly they each became enamored with one another.

The story was nice and fast-paced one, which helped me fly right through it. There’s plentiful amounts of fantasy and mystery to keep the reader guessing and on the edge of their seat. Though there were quite a few things I wasn’t a fan of, this is an easy, captivating read that entertains.


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0 Replies to “Review: Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber”

  1. I like the setting, but kind of wish the romance took a back seat to the mystery, I am glad that despite issues you enjoyed this one.

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