Title: The Cost of Living (In the Darkness #2)
Author: Emilie Lacadamo
Publisher: NineStar Press
Publication Date: 25 February 2019
Format: eBook - EPUB
Source: ARC via NetGalley
Once people die, they’re not meant to wake up.
For college student Beck Murray, this doesn’t quite sink in until he’s sitting in a stranger’s apartment, reading his own obituary. He has no memory of how he died or how he happened to wake up—all Beck knows is that he’s been dead for six months, and now, incredibly, is not.
He assumes his biggest challenge will be explaining himself to his family and friends. This proves not to be the case as, one by one, Beck and his friends become the target of something evil. A darkness hangs over Beck, following every footstep he takes in his new life. He cannot fight it because he does not understand it. Soon, it becomes clear that Beck isn’t the only person who’s returned to life, and far from the only person in danger.
With the help of a young witch and a mysterious bookshop owner, Beck must learn to overcome the evil plaguing him before it drags him back down to the grave… and takes everyone he cares about with him.
Having enjoyed the first book, I was keen to return to the world of Into the Darkness in this new installment. The Cost of Living picks up after the events in book one but focuses on a different main character (with a few familiar faces appearing too). I didn't take to Beck quite as much as I did to George in book one. However, it was great to get to know Adam more, and overall this was another entertaining tale. The end leads us into book three, so I will be interested to see where the author takes the story in the next volume.