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The Dead and the Dark

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  633 ratings  ·  449 reviews
Courtney Gould’s thrilling debut The Dead and the Dark is about the things that lurk in dark corners, the parts of you that can’t remain hidden, and about finding home in places―and people―you didn’t expect.

The Dark has been waiting for far too long, and it won't stay hidden any longer.

Something is wrong in Snakebite, Oregon. Teenagers are disappearing, some turning up de
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by Wednesday Books
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Leighton The publisher has a page for trigger warnings here:
I didn't think it was that scary, but I'm not a teen anymore.…more
The publisher has a page for trigger warnings here:
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PineappleRobin According to the summary, two girls fall in love with each other "When Ashley and Logan team up to figure out who—or what—is haunting Snakebite, their…moreAccording to the summary, two girls fall in love with each other "When Ashley and Logan team up to figure out who—or what—is haunting Snakebite, their investigation reveals truths about the town, their families, and themselves that neither of them are ready for. As the danger intensifies, they realize that their growing feelings for each other could be a light in the darkness."(less)

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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Oh myyyyyyyyy.... I couldn’t even finish my sentence! This is sooooooooooo darrrrkkk!

This is disturbing! This is uniquely mind blowing! That’s the earth shattering, WTH I just read, head spinning, inner demons summoning novel I was looking for so long!

My moviemaker mind worked overtime during my reading because I truly saw the scenes in my head!

Something eerie, terrifying, extremely ominous, haunted is watching you behind at each chapter! It slowly gets under your skin, captures your mind, p
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
↠ 5 stars

Sometimes a family can be a lesbian, her girlfriend, and her two ghosthunting dads, and I think that is truly beautiful. The editor for The Dead and the Dark described it as “like Riverdale, but good,” and they are absolutely right about it. In a quiet town in Oregon on the edge of nowhere, the tragic disappearance of a young boy marks the beginning of a descent into upheaval. Enter into the chaos TV’s resident ghost hunting duo, Brandon and Alejo, returning to their hometown of Snakebi
daph pink ♡
Jan 24, 2021 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2021-tbr
the rest of the year is cancelled
Logan Ortiz-Woodley has been bouncing around the country most of her life. Her Dads are the stars of television's most popular ghost-hunting show, ParaSpectors, and owing to this, the family travels quite extensively for filming.

When they tell her they need to return to the hometown they fled years ago, Snakebite, Oregon, she doesn't think too much of it. Just another stop on the road for another episode.

What Logan wasn't prepared for was the chilly reception her family would receive once in Sna
Chelsea Humphrey
This is a solid debut, but I can't help but wonder if I thought this was going to be different based on the synopsis or my excitable expectations. The opening interlude is deliciously dark and entirely creepy, which sets an ominous tone for the town of Snakebite, Oregon. While definitely a slow burning story, both in the mystery behind the disappearances and also the budding romance between two of our main characters, I think the pacing works well for the type of story that this is. I had the pr ...more
Jul 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars

The Dark has been waiting for far too long, and it won't stay hidden any longer.

Whoever said to not be afraid of the dark, did not know what he/she was talking about!

Something is wrong in Snakebite, Oregon. You can feel it, can't you? It is as if there is a static buzz hidden somewhere underground. You cannot see it, you cannot almost hear it, but you can feel it deep in your soul. Plus, the weather is changing, and teens are disappearing, and some are dead. People are on edge,
The Dead and the Dark is spine-chilling scary with some really intriguing twists and turns, I definitely do not recommend reading it at night. I am not into paranormal mystery books and I only picked up this book because of the sapphic aspect and I am so glad I did because it ended up being of the best books I’ve read in quite some time. It was totally addicting and so gripping, I slept at 3 in the morning.

As the main reason I was interested in this book was the sapphic romance so it was disappo
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I received an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book being pitched as a f/f paranormal thriller with enemies to lovers, monsters, ghosts, and a killer on the loose was enough to make me add it to my list of highly anticipated reads and request an arc. The author’s note points out that Gould’s editor said it is “like Riverdale, but good” while others have compared it to having Supernatural vibes.

Courtney Gould’s The Dead and the Dark opens with something called the Dark tha
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Dead and the Dark is a slow, creeping mystery that will have you hooked. Led by two lesbian main charcters, this book perfectly combines romance, intrigue and horror to create a story that will haunt you long after the final page.

As this is a thriller I won’t get into too much detail with the plot and mystery beyond saying I really enjoyed it. The background on how the darkness eating away at this small town, Snakebite, came to be and developed throughout the novel was really interesting and
Lia Carstairs
Dec 18, 2020 marked it as to-read
2021 really is the year for more queer

And the covers are just gorgeous🥺

═══*.·:·.☽✧ ✦ ✧☾.·:·.*═══

Thank you St. Martin's Press & Wednesday Books for gifting me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Jun 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: coming-soon, 2021
Admittedly, it does not take much to hype me up about a book. A ringing endorsement from a beloved author or the shared excitement of a friend is usually enough to have me bouncing around in anticipation. So yes, my elation as I went into The Dead and the Dark probably didn’t match the overall tone of the novel, but it didn’t take long to adjust to the truly creepy, unsettling town that was Snakebite, Oregon.

Somewhere between a ghost story and a murder mystery, Courtney Gould’s debut novel follo
anna (½ of readsrainbow)
courtney: ur stories need "to have that intense love at the center"

(also it's f/f enemies to lovers soooo)
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Burn Our Bodies Down
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

For roughly the first quarter of this book I wasn’t convinced I would like it. It got off to a bit of a confusing start, presenting me with so many questions right off the bat. Questions about what happened to Ashley’s boyfriend, Tristan, who went missing; questions about Logan’s relationship with her dads, Brandon and Alejo; questions about Brandon and Alejo’s past in the small town of Sn
Montzalee Wittmann
Jun 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Dead and the Dark
by Courtney Gould
St. Martin's Press

Logan is an adopted gal that grew up with two dads and both dads are on the ghost hunting show that is very popular. They decide to go back to their home town to do a show. One dad, Brandon, goes a week early to look for a shooting spot. A week after he is there a boy goes missing. There are secrets about why the two left town 13 years ago. This leads the town to start pointing fingers. No one will talk about it to Logan about why they lef
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, lgbt
alternative title: gay dads and their gay daughter and her girlfriend have a very bad time with the supernatural in a small MAGA town
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This YA paranormal mystery/thriller was this author’s debut novel. It was creepy and haunting. It was emotional and loving. It was so much more than I expected and I loved it from start to finish.

Logan Ortiz-Woodley, 17, accompanied her dads on their trip back to their hometown of Snakebite, Oregon. They haven’t been back there in 13 years, and for good reason. There was something dark and sinister going on in Snakebite, especially within that isolated cabin in the woods. When one of the local
courtney gould is killing the sapphic bookcommunity single-handedly, and at this point it'd be an honour to die by her hand. the gay panic is real and i haven't rad a single wORD YET.

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David Gibson
Jun 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Short Version: A YA paranormal mystery that will envelop you and coil around your ribs slowly constricting until you feel like you’re drowning, in a good way. Prepare to give yourself over to The Dead and The Dark.

The Long Version: I got to listen to the audiobook of this novel thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan audio.

This was a home run of a YA story and a home run of a paranormal story. Logan’s parents are the hosts of a popular ghost hunting show, but her one father, Brandon has gone back
i'm just saying this would make an AMAZING tv show

Rep: lesbian mcs, bi Latino mc, gay mc

CWs: murder, homophobia, homophobic violence, attempted drowning, child death
Jun 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
My one line pitch of this book: it's like Riverdale, but if Riverdale was actually... good.

The Dead and the Dark is an AMAZING queer thriller following a family of outsiders in a small town who fall under suspicion when a series of teenage murders occurs. The small-minded, unaccepting town of Snakebite, Oregon chased Logan and her two dads away 15 years prior, and the inopportune timing of their re-arrival coinciding with a series of murders certainly isn't doing them any favors with the townsfo
Jul 03, 2021 rated it liked it
So this is what I always want a YA horror/thriller to be. A town where kids start to go missing and turning up murdered and creepy ghost things happening and a reveal that is what I always want these books to have. That being said, the book felt long to me. It felt like it dragged in some parts and even though it clearly had time to flesh out some things, I still felt somewhat removed from the story. I think there could have been more suspense or character building during some of the lulls. But ...more

I really enjoyed this read. The plot had a lot of suspense and the multiples perspectives kept me on my toes. I also loved the representation of queer romances and the representation of how they are treated in a small closed-minded town. The only problem with this novel that I have is that this is not a story I could ever reread since there isn't anything that could change my vision of the story or be new the second time around, But this is the perfect novel to read if you want to have a quic
katie ❀
possibly the best paranormal mystery i've ever read,, but then again it's probably the only one 🤸 ...more
Feb 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like the magnus archives and the raven cycle!
basically, the raven cycle and the magnus archives crossover with dilfs and sapphics<3

This book really is the ultimate vibe check tbh. ghosthunter sapphics? check. grumpy/sunshine dads trying their best? check. eerie and atmospheric imagery? check. delicious descriptions and setting porn? check.

An intricate and beautifully layered book perfect for fans of the raven cycle, The Dead and the Dark kept me on the edge of my seat anxious and griped me.
The premise involves Logan and her dads arriving t
rachel ☾
how has 2021 been so blessed by the covers gods??

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Jul 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, ebook
Utterly captivating. You had me at gay dads, lesbians, and ghosts. Review to follow.
Content warning: possessing, missing person, hate crime against LGBTQ+ people, death, asphyxia (strangulation, drowning), gun, alcohol (underage recreational drinking)

I adore the concept of the story, the horror of the Dark, and the overall mystery. The Dead and the Dark is a story about being alive.

Logan Ortiz-Woodley (17, lesbian) grew up on the road and struggles to understand what home is. Her dads Alejo Ortiz (bi) and Brandon Woodley (gay) host the ghosthunter show ParaSpectors and they wer
Courtney Gould
Jun 19, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
UPDATE 9/3/2020:
So many reveals! We have a cover, synopsis, blurbs, and preorder links! Thank you all so much for your enthusiasm. Since everything has been revealed, it's time for me to vanish from this page. I hope you all enjoy TDATD and Logan and Ashley's story. It's all yours now :)

I wrote this!

It's me, the author, not-really-here to provide a few upcoming reveals (cover, release date, synopsis, content warnings, etc.) and to thank everyone for their amazing support. I won't be checking thi
May 15, 2021 marked it as to-read
Giveaway Win!
2021 Dennis has promised himself that he won't negatively bash unfavorable reviews for books, so if you enjoy magical / paranormal stories in the young adult genre, definitely consider picking up The Dead and the Dark . Sadly, this one didn't work out so much for me and tended to spiral in aspects that just lost my interest. ...more
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Courtney Gould writes books about queer girls, ghosts, and things that go bump in the night. She graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and Publishing. Born and raised in Salem, OR, she now lives and writes in Tacoma, WA where she continues to write love letters to the haunted girls and rural, empty spaces.

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