The Forest Dark
Reviewed by Jennifer Hass for Reader Views (01/14)
Jim Arnold’s “The Forest Dark” captured me right from the beginning. Jim has created a cast of characters that are totally loveable, and you love to hate them all at the same time. Flawed, real-life characters bring to the table their own problems and mysteries.
Set in 1984, Eden makes her way to Los Angeles for an internship with a television station. She is picked up and driven around town by Noah. Eden refuses to be the “hag” but she quickly falls for Noah and they are quickly inseparable. Eden comes from a powerful political family and is very much the Republican girl. Eden has her closed-minded prejudices, not so much with gay people anymore but more with every black person she sees. She has to talk herself into believing that everyone of that race is not bad or going to rob her. Very shallow and charming at the same time….eventually she finds herself pregnant with a dark-skin Cuban man’s baby. Oh, what will she tell her family?
Noah is fun, young and handsome, and he has a great boyfriend Ronnie. Between the three of them, they all become friends. Noah and Eden often butt heads but when it comes down to it they know they can trust each other…so they thought.
Drama quickly begins to spark in “The Forest Dark” when their lives and friendships are tested. Years later, Noah and Eden have to face their pasts and come to terms with the choices that they made back in the early 80’s.
The character development for me was superb. Chapters had a wonderful flow, matching the thoughts of the characters without being repetitive. I started reading and couldn’t stop. In the end, I was more than happy I had the chance to review this book. I was not only pleased with “The Forest Dark” by Jim Arnold, but I am really digging his style. Being a straight female with lots of gay men as friends, I felt like this story was well fitted for me, and my love-hate relationship with the characters solidified everything.
Jim Arnold, you got me! EXCELLENT!!!!