Ask the Dark
by Henry Turner
My rating: 5 stars
Publication Date: April 7, 2015
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Genre: YA Mystery
Print Length: 256 pages
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Billy Zeets has a story to tell.
About being a vandal and petty thief.
About missing boys and an elusive killer.
And about what happens if a boy who breaks all the rules is the only person who can piece together the truth.
and powerful, this masterful debut novel comes to vivid life through
the unique voice of a hero as unlikely as he is unforgettable.
Ask the Dark by Henry Turner
Told in the innocent voice of a young teen, a tale of loss, poverty, accidental heroics, and the truth of his feelings, the voice and heart of Billy Zeets come to life in through the eyes and heart of the main character. Ask the Ark by Henry Turner is as heartwarming as it is heartbreaking as Billy recounts his life and events since the day he made a deathbed promise to his dying mother. Once a troublemaker, Billy has always been looked down upon by his peers as well as many adults who know of his family’s poverty, his father’s issues and the boy Billy used to be. What these people all failed to see was the loyalty and love held within this teen’s soul. Billy tends to forgive most transgressions, finding an excuse for what has happened. But the pivotal day in his life came the day he found the body of a young boy who had gone missing and never told anyone what he saw. Between the threat of losing their home and his father’s deep depression, Billy takes on the responsibility to save both their home and his family from complete emotional destruction. Does this mean he must go back to his wilder days and break the vow he took for his mother?
More boys go missing and Billy may have hit on a lead that he follows up on, himself, because he has no faith that the adults in his small town would even listen to him, not even those in authority, the ones he should be able to go to. Will Billy’s personal investigations land him in more trouble than he can handle? Will he go above and beyond to bring the monster behind these crimes down or are his attempts going to prove once again, that Billy will never amount to anything?
Henry Turner has captured the heart and soul of a humble young teen through his words. The dialogue is down home quaint, as Billy comes across as a boy who has never really been given the chance to try to soar with the eagles of youth. This trip through Billy’s life and the town he lives in will feel real, will capture your imagination and your protective side as you root for Billy to finally find acceptance and acknowledgement of the fine young man is his becoming. His blushing humility and sense of honor often get him in trouble, all because he is trying to do the right thing, something he now finds to be second nature. A fascinating and sweet read, perfect for YA on up, I think Henry Turner could squeeze tears from a rock, with Ask the Dark. No matter what genre you read, this is one to step outside of your box with.
I received an ARC edition from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt