The Darkest Sunrise (The Darkest Sunrise, #1) by Aly Martinez



Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Whoever coined that phrase is a bald-faced liar. Words are often the sharpest weapon of all, triggering some of the most powerful emotions a human can experience.
“You’re pregnant.”
“It’s a boy.”
“Your son needs a heart transplant.”
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Syllables and letters may not be tangible, but they can still destroy your entire life faster than a bullet from a gun.
Two words—that was all it took to extinguish the sun from my sky.
“He’s gone.”
For ten years, the darkness consumed me.
In the end, it was four deep, gravelly words that gave me hope of another sunrise.
“Hi. I’m Porter Reese.”




❝ Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me… ❞ 

I knew the moment I read the synopsis I’ll love this book. This heart wrenching story consumed me. It had me tearing up and screaming from the first chapter.

Charlotte Mills is drowning in her own darkness. She’s lost her baby boy and is completely lost. Drowning herself in her work, she isolates herself. She doesn’t feel, she doesn’t let herself love. It’s been ten years since her boy disappeared and she’s living with the guilt of leaving him unattended until this day. She can’t stand to see children without Lucas popping into her head.

Porter Reese is dealing with his own darkness. Having a son who’s very sick, juggling life and trying to get Travis the treatment he needs, he tries to get in contact with the best doctor in town. Dr. Mills. But Dr. Mills doesn’t treat children. But he will do anything for his son to be able to live like a normal eleven year old. Only when he meets Dr. Mill, she’s completely different from anyone.

❝ But as I clung to him, trying to perform the impossible task of collecting myself, it hit me that the darkness was all we’d ever have. ❞ 

He sees her pain. It’s like his own.
He sees her emptiness. Her numbness. Just like his own.
They both are the lights in each others darkness.

I read this one in one sitting, on the edge of my seat needing answers when I was done. I absolutely loved Charlotte and Porter, they were so strong and real. I felt everything alongside them. Their pain. The small glimpse of happiness. It was absolutely amazing. I loved every minute of it and I can’t wait for the second book.

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