A Darkly Beating Heart by Lindsay Smith
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Reiko is a Japanese American living in Japan for the summer. Her parents think this is the best way for her to heal after her attempted suicide. She is just trying to get through each day individually and goes with coworkers to a historic village that is preserving the nineteenth-century ambiance. During this visit, Reiko finds herself living the life of a young woman in the past and must face the demon Miyu is hiding as well as her own.
A Darkly Beating Heart is a time-travel tale that will entice readers with a simpler time and some controversial sentiments. Smith has created a plausible scenario for readers to experience modern day Japan and a small village from the recent past. The cultural practices and local superstitions add enough variance that readers may want to explore more on their own. A quick read that can easily be finished in one sitting.
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