A Crack in Everything
Life used to be simple.
I was a city girl with humble dreams. Then Dylan O’Dea broke into my flat, held me against the wall and told me to stay quiet.
It was like in the movies, where the universe zeros in on a single scene. I looked into his eyes and knew he was going to change me.
For Dylan, the sky was always falling. He showed me how our world is a contradiction of beauty and ugliness. How we choose to ignore the awful and gloss over it with the palatable. How you need just a tiny drop of something unsavoury to create every great scent.
Pretty deep for a pair of teenagers living in a block of council flats in inner city Dublin, right Probably. But we weren’t typical. We both had our obsessions. Mine was growing things, Dylan’s was scent. He taught me how to use my nose, and I introduced him to the magic of flowers.
I had no idea that one day he’d build an empire from what we started together. But before that, there was love and happiness, tragedy and epic heartbreak…
My name is Evelyn Flynn and I’m going to tell you about the crack in everything.
A Crack in Everything is Book #1 in L.H. Cosway’s Cracks duet.
Review of A Crack in Everything
In A Crack in Everything, book one in LH Cosway’s Cracks Duet, an unlikely friendship begins between high school students Evelyn Flynn and Dylan O’Dea on the rough streets on inner city Dublin, and even though their first encounter could have taken them down a completely different path, their uniqueness as individuals and their combined passions/obsessions allowed them to find common ground in a fractured and dark setting – one where they could not remain innocent despite their ages because everything around them refused to yield to what was developing between them, meaning that the connection they formed, the love they created between them would suffer abysmally due to the chaos and ugliness that cracks through life’s beauty.
Evelyn and Dylan’s duet starts in the past, and it showcases just how devastating life can be while living in the darkness and the hope that light brings even when it struggles to shine amidst the fractures. Evelyn is the light to Dylan’s dark, so as their first love develops and binds the two together, there are always things attempting to crack the bond that they’ve formed. And it’s that feeling of dread that follows me throughout my reading of A Crack in Everything. I can’t help but be cautious in my joy over how much Evelyn and Dylan grow because of one another because I know there will come a point where life will have different plans for them regardless of how much they mean to each other.
The secondary characters are just as pivotal as the hero and heroine because Evelyn and Dylan’s friends support them, ground them, and create a family of misfits who struggle and succeed together. The relationships that they create in friendship, in love, in family is what keeps them going as well as tears them down at times due to the nature of their circumstances, and it’s during those times that the tight knit group tries to hold on to one another and weather the storm.
Evelyn and Dylan’s story doesn’t end in A Crack in Everything; in fact, it’s that fissure that must be addressed and hopefully mended in How the Light Gets In, but given the heartbreak and anguish that occurred at the end of book one, it’s unclear just how easy it will be for unusual pair to allow the light to soothe, heal, and guide them in a direction much different than the one they ended on at the end of the story of their past.
4 Poison Apples
How the Light Gets in
He came back to me 16 minutes and 59 seconds into Beethoven’s Symphony no. 7.
We parted amid tragedy, so it seemed poetic. Dylan O’Dea, my childhood sweetheart, had once meant everything to me. Now we were strangers, and honestly, after eleven years I never thought I’d see him again.
I lived in the world of the average, of getting paid by the hour and budgeting to make ends meet.
But Dylan, he lived in the world of wealth and success. He’d achieved the great things I always suspected he would. The dissatisfaction he’d felt as a teenager had obviously been an excellent motivator.
He started a business from scratch, pioneered a brand, and created perfumes adored by women across the globe. I was just one of the people who’d been there before. Now he was living his best life in the after.
And me, well, I’d been in a dark place for a while. Slowly but surely, I was letting the light back in, but there was something missing. I was an unfinished sentence with an ellipsis at the end. And maybe, if I was brave enough to take the chance, Dylan could be my happy ending.
How the Light Gets In is Book #2 and the concluding installment in L.H. Cosway’s Cracks duet.
Review of How the Light Gets In
The title is not meant to be a question…or maybe it is and that’s what Evelyn and Dylan have to figure out after spending eleven years apart and traversing down much different paths – hers – simple and average with more dark than light moments and his – accomplished, extraordinary with a world open to him in all capacities.
LH Cosway doesn’t delay Evelyn and Dylan’s reunion in How the Light Gets In; she starts the second part of their duet in the present where life brings them together once again to perhaps mend what was cracked all those years ago, and while there are definite obstacles to work through, it’s clear that the love/bond that they created as teens is still there ready to be relit and experienced as an older/wiser kind of relationship.
But before anything can progress between Evelyn and Dylan, the past has to be considered and then put away, focusing on the present and what they can mean to each other in the future. Both of them need to understand what’s at stake, so it makes sense that Evelyn is more cautious than Dylan in rekindling what they once had. She’s lost her light for quite some time, and even though, she’s made progress with allowing the light back in, it’s difficult amidst such darkness and heartache.
The transformation of the newer, more aware Evelyn and Dylan plays out throughout the pages of book two, and readers are right there with them, experiencing all of the ups and downs/highs and lows, and as shots of light work to mend the fissures of their relationship…of their hearts, we can all revel in how these two misfits from the darker side of Dublin worked hard enough and were strong enough to allow in the brightness that life offers while forcing the dark to lay dormant.
4.5 Poison Apples
L.H. Cosway lives in Dublin, Ireland. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books. She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories. L.H. is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.
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