Book Review: Dark Secrets by A. M. Hudson



How can you be attracted to a guy who just said he wants to kill you?

Ara-Rose asks herself the same question. She’s been torn away from her old life, thrown into a new one in a new country, and in the midst of death, heartache and depression, she finds herself in love with a vampire—one who kills people with his teeth!

But the vampire is forbidden to fall for this human, and at the point Ara-Rose decides she can’t live without him, he pulls away and leaves her falling back to the darkness he woke her from. She will be caught up in a century-old feud among brothers, and the fight for love becomes a fight for her life.

The only question now is whether her beloved vampire will find her in time, or leave her to face a destiny he triggered with their first kiss.

About the Author:

A.M. Hudson loves her life in Australia and, despite wishing it would snow at Christmas, couldn’t imagine living anywhere else in the world.

She fell in love with her husband at just sixteen, and since then, has added three boys to the mix.

A. M. prides herself on writing the shocking, the depthy and the highly-emotional subjects other writers steer away from. She addresses the uncomfortable with conviction and enjoys taking stories down dark paths.

Some of her heroes are Stephen King, Walt Disney, Hamish and Andy, Muse and 30 Seconds to Mars, and with influences like these, one can only imagine what stories will unfold.

When she’s not writing, A. M. reads books, watches movies and chats with fans on facebook.


Dark Secrets is a collection of 2 books which have been out quite some time and have already gained both momentum and success. Told first person they delve into a world of school, tragedy and vampires (the latter being the one that most intrigued me)

I must admit that I loved the Twilight books and Dark Secrets certainly ticked a few of the same boxes. However, I really found it difficult to get on with the main character, Ara. She was self-indulgent and very hard to like – which, when written first person is a hard sell. But, in saying that, she was a more realistic character and when dealing with un-natural aspects, the more real you can make the world and characters around it – the more real the whole book feels. Quite frankly, I’ve met a few Aras in real-life – so to be fair to the author she really did manage to capture a real person in her fantasy book. David, one of the leads, does came across weak, rather than romantic – and I’ve never known any man be happy with being 2nd best, just as long as he’s with the woman he loves, and I kind of lost any respect I had for his character.

From a writer’s perspective, this book was pretty long, and could have been cut down without losing much of the plot. However I was always conscious of the fact that this made effectively 2 books, so perhaps reading them individually, with a break, it wouldn’t have felt such an arduous task.

The front is beautiful and actually does relate to the book. But due to contents I’d actually rate this at least 16+ read, as it deals with issues with quite adult situations.

Overall, I’d give Dark Secrets 3 out 5 stars, purely because it wasn’t my cup-of-tea. But, If the end of the Twilight saga has left a gaping hole in your reading list – then pick up this series.

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