Book InfoEmbers by Yolanda Olson
Series: Inferno #4
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Genres: Dark Romance, Horror, Psychological Fiction
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I swore to myself that I would never love you.
I promised my children that they wouldn’t suffer for my sins.
But it’s so hard, Daddy.
It’s hard to not love the man that gave me life. It’s hard to not love the man that’s taken care of me the only way he knows how.
I know it’s not your fault, and maybe one day, I’ll find out why you became a monster.
While we still have time left together, I want you to know that I forgive you for everything you’ve done. I want you to know that I do love you, even if not in the way you would have hoped for.
It’s almost over, Daddy.
Close your eyes and go to sleep; I’ll be here with you, holding your hand and letting you know that everything will be alright.
Because it will be, won’t it?
That’s the promise that you made to me—that no matter what happens between us, everything will always turn out okay.
I know you don’t care much for anything you can’t control, but sometimes life folds its cards and we have to go when it’s our time.
Please stop fighting it, Daddy.
It hurts me to see you suffering so much.
I’ve done my best to take care of you, but it’s time to go.
Hurry along and know that we’ll be behind you shortly because I can’t live in a world that doesn’t have you in it.
I love you, Daddy.
Always and forever.
Embers - My Review
After a brief interlude visiting Mom in the last book, this one takes us back to the timeline followed in Inferno and Cinere. Now Darby’s all grown up (if you can call a woman who’s around 20 years old grown up) and has kids of her own. Philosophical question: does that make Luke their father, their grandfather, or their great-grandfather? In the same way as Joce before her, Darby is desperate to protect her children from their father and the dark truth of their family. She is willing to put herself in harm’s way to keep them safe but if you’ve read the previous books, you’ll know that Luke’s cunning nature will always have the upper hand.
Darby has more of a backbone than Joce ever had and I get the impression Luke quite likes that, not in an appreciative sort of way but more that it gives him something to battle against. She’s also incredibly smart in her own way and has figured out many of Luke’s tricks and how to work around them.
What holds her back from her full potential is love. Despite all that he’s done, Darby loves her father (even if not in the way he’d like her to) and she knows that their children adore him. It’s love – both her own and her children’s – that frequently stops her from killing Luke. She can’t bear to leave them without their father and, in some ways, as long as he’s still not touching them, that seems like something she can live with. I found that her predicament tugged at my heart far more than Joce’s similar situation and, despite the book being half the length of Inferno it was much more emotionally powerful.
The ending is brilliant, although not entirely unexpected. When you see events unfolding you almost know the direction they’re taking, but like with a ten-car pile-up on the motorway, you can’t look away. You have to read on just to be sure.