"...you’ll never think about the woods the same way again.” - Gary Grossman, Bestselling Author of OLD EARTH.
RUNNER-UP at the 2016 LOS ANGELES BOOK FESTIVAL.
HONOURABLE MENTION from the 2016 PARIS BOOK FESTIVAL.
HONOURABLE MENTION from the 2015 LONDON BOOK FESTIVAL.
DG Wood has crafted an addictive heroine you can’t get enough of. Darkly Stewart lives in the shadows of our fears and haunts our senses. She’s the most original character in years; an investigator who discovers her own past holds the key to the ultimate mystery. Darkly shines a light on horror that we’ve never seen. Reader beware, you’ll never think about the woods the same way again.
As someone who grew up with the classic gothics, I resent the way my beloved horror legends are being reinterpreted to make them romantic for today’s teenage audiences, so I was drawn to D.G. Wood’s new, yet respectful, take on werewolves. He has set up a plot with characters who can populate a series and who have enough of a past to keep the present interesting. This is both a cinematic and literary work, revealing details as they are needed and supplying a mature richness of character. It’s also creepy as hell.
Wood’s masterful command of the English language transports you into an apparent netherworld among us and hooks in its claws. ‘Darkly Stewart: The Woman Who Tasted Death’ elicited feelings I remember being uncovered upon first reading ‘Interview with the Vampire.’ Anne will surely appreciate this Darkly heroine. The use of the word visceral has never been more appropriate. Vivid descriptions such as “Darkly felt as though she was a bullet shooting through the stranger’s veins, and she could taste his lust in her mouth. The metallic shades of iron gave way to a potent spice that lit her tongue on fire.” Darkly Stewart is a fresh take on the end of civilization as we know it. You’ll never hear a wolf’s howl or be able to go into the woods again without thinking about it. I can hardly wait for ‘Darkly Stewart: Light and Darkly.’
DG Wood has written a really strong, well-rounded FEMALE lead... which is brilliant. The novel took me on a journey I didn’t want to put down. There’s enough intrigue for the well-read, and enough prediction for the DaVinci demon lovers out there. A happy mix to appeal to all.
A very well written book indeed which I thoroughly enjoyed (even though it’s not my usual genre of choice). D.G Wood has a clever take on the origin of werewolves and clearly has plenty of scope to expand on the theme in subsequent books. It’s a sign of a good book when one is disappointed not to be able to go on to read the next book in the series immediately!
A wonderful twist on the werewolf legend. I had never read how werewolves were started so that was a nice tidbit to learn. Its very quick paced and the characters are well written...
Really enjoyed this book! Sexy, fun and moves quickly. A very well written debut by D.G. Wood. Great new take on werewolfism, which in this book is a sexually transmitted disease. After spending time with Darkly you’ll never look at a “Mountie” the same. Look forward to the sequel!
Great twist on the werewolf story. Endearing characters and a story that keeps you wanting to read more (glad it is part of a series!)&As before DG Wood takes you through a tale that makes you jump, wonder and leaves you looking for more. The second book in the series has twists and turns just like the first!
The pace of the story is that of a werewolf running through the woods. That comment, although true, was written with the hopes the writer, dg wood, would see it and find impressive. I love story telling, and I love police work and so I found this story to be perfect. I am grateful that in my almost 20 years in law enforcement as a Philadelphia PD Detective that I have not had any such investigation that Darkly had in this story. I applaud dg wood for somehow making me actually want to become a werewolf. In the world dg wood created Its sexy to be a werewolf. Its exhilarating, there is so much life, so much inner power, and peace. There was much talk about it being a curse to be a werewolf. in the world he created, I found it to be a curse to be human. As a Detective, I wish I had the instincts Darkly had, I wish I could smell death.
The author brings his characters to life and takes your mind on a suspenseful adventure. I love the main character and can’t wait for the sequel!
Really cool heroine. It would make a fun movie too.
Interesting debut novel from this author - a most enjoyable read and looking forward to the next Darkly adventure.
A really good read. Can not wait for the follow up book.
A great story and so well written!
This was a very interesting spin on the werewolf theme and I can’t wait to read the next book and was very amazed at this book since winning this here [Goodreads]!
I have a crush on Darkly Stewart. She’s a strong heroine created by the unique mind of author D.G. Wood in an exciting and original, fast-paced story that I couldn’t put down. Mystery/Adventure lovers, I think you won’t be able to either!
Brilliant, couldn’t put it down.
A great read! Fast paced and witty. Darkly Stewart is a compelling character and I’m waiting with baited breath for the next installment. THE WOMAN WHO TASTED DEATH is a terrific introduction to the complex world that DG WOOD has created for us. Lots of great surprises await the reader.
For all of you who have had strange experiences in small towns, reading the Darkly Stewart Mysteries will either make you want to go back and visit, or hope you never run out of gas on the highway.... Either way, you wont be able to put it down!
Interesting Girl, that Darkly. Interesting twist on the werewolf story. I enjoyed getting to know Darkly and look forward to following her tale further in the next book.
Awesome book...I can already see the movie in my head. Move over Twilight, here’s Darkly!
I received this as a first read. I really enjoyed this book! It is a great twist to a werewolf tale. This one will definitely draw you in from the moment you start reading in. Just a fun read. I will definitely read on in this series. Recommend to one looking for a fun new series to get into.
Love this series!Book #2 grows our insatiable interest for more of Darkly’s nocturnal global journey of suspense driven action,& dark secrets!Write on DG Wood!
As soon as I picked up LIGHT AND DARKLY, the imagery in the story took me right back to Wolf Woods. I love the way your writing is so visual. I don’t read the books as much as I visualize them. Looking forward to the rest!
Really enjoyed reading it. Suspenseful to the end. Looking forward to the next book.