You know when you go into a book and have absolutely no expectations and then it completely changes your life? That was Haunting Adeline for me.
Honest to god I did not know what I was getting into by the description alone, but it was intriguing enough to catch my interest. I actually think going in blind is the best bet though. There are some books that are just somehow better when you have no idea what you’re getting into, and I think Haunting Adeline makes this list.
Now onto important details. Addie is a writer, living in the middle of nowhere in a somewhat spooky house with a lot of history. Enter Zade who spies her at a book signing and immediately becomes obsessed. Thus the stalking begins. But it this story is so much more than just these taboo interactions going on between these two characters.
Without going into details, because again, I think this story is best enjoyed not knowing where it’s going, the plot picks up and expands so far beyond this stalker situationship. And not only is there this, but we get to glimpses of diary pages written in the past by a woman going through a similar experience to Addie which was a touch that I loved so much.
I did not expect to become so emotionally invested in their growing stalker-stalkee relationship but here I am, fully invested, a feeling that grew the further through the book I got. This was one of my first forays into dark romance and it was also probably the one that fully threw me over the edge and started my obsession. I mean to the point that this may very well now be my favourite genre (besides fantasy – but give me dark fantasy romance and ohh me ohh my).
The moral of this review is, read the Cat and Mouse duet and read it now (after checking trigger warnings of course because it’s full of them and as with anything, dark romance is not for everyone). But if you love dark romance than I cannot recommend these books and this author enough!