Goodreads Rating: 3.88 stars — My Rating: 4.5 stars
Apparently no Oxford comma is necessary for this one. Despite the OCD perturbing title, this book is definitely staying on my shelves for a long time to come.
After being the only survivor of a deadly car crash with her boyfriend and unborn baby, Wren retreats deep within herself, but when she meets Cal Owens, who is dealing with serious issues of his own, neither of them know if they’re ready to deal with their own problems, let alone one another’s. Despite her depression, her parents are urging her to get out and rejoin the world around her again, even though she is very reluctant to do so. She has fleeting moments of normalcy and even finds a friend through her melancholy haze that helps to keep her steady in such unsteady times.
This novel deals with very real and very serious issues in such a beautiful, realistic way that, while reading, you can’t help but feel for Wren. As someone who has dealt with very serious – suicidal – depression, this book really hit me hard, because having been in a very similar state of mind as Wren brought me back to those feelings I never fully dealt with or let go of. It’s an extraordinarily cathartic read, but be prepared with a cup of your favourite hot beverage, snuggly blankets, and tissues (okay, lots of tissues). Lovely, Dark and Deep is the perfect read for these upcoming cold months – at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere – though it can be triggering to those who are sensitive to depression, suicide, and miscarriage, so bear that in mind before picking this up.
I would recommend this for anyone who likes atmospheric, realistic fiction about serious real-life problems. It’s not overly angsty but doesn’t hold back emotions either.