Cracks Duet double review: A Crack in Everything & How the Light Gets In by L.H. Cosway

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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.


Wow. Okay, A Crack in Everything. You know those stories about broken people? People who have not grown up in the best of circumstances but still survive and are awesome? This is the start of one of those stories. One of those stories with people in who I can't help but love and root for and want nothing but the best for. One of those stories where I wish I could give the main characters everything and help them out of their situation. But life is not like that. You have to work hard to maybe have a chance to change things for yourself. Oh, this story was wonderfuly heartbreaking.

Evelyn and Dylan live in the poor section of town. Neither of them have much, they live in the poor housing block, the kind where people are really poor. The kind where it is so hard to get out of because you don't have access to things you might otherwise have. Because living there can crush you a bit. But Evelyn doesn't let it get her down. For how run down and not nice her living situation is she is all sunshine and rainbows. She loves gardening and is determined to bring a little bit of beauty to their otherwise drab surroundings. She looks on the bright side and see the positives where others don't. She hasn't been living here that long, just since her mom left and she moved in with her aunt who is amazing. She has a roof over her head, a guardian who loves her, her gardening and her best friend Sam. What more could she want?

Dylan lives in the same building as Evelyn, but is kind of an outcast at school. He always hangs out with the same two people and she never really noticed him that much. Until he comes barging into her place one day. Hiding from people who are out to get him for not doing what they want him to do. Dylan who is such a downer, always looking at the negatives of a situation. These two are kind of the exact opposite, but they were so cute together! I loved them so much!

Neither Dylan nor Evelyn have ever dated or anything so watching the two of them fall for each other was so sweet. I loved it. I loved how mister doom and gloom mellowed a bit around miss sunshine and rainbows. How they bettered each other and were there for each other. How they both know the most random things and love talking about them together. I loved these two. Sure you know right from the start that something happens. That they have a time apart (since the next book is when Dylan comes back to Evelyn), and you know it is going to be painful. You know Dylan wants out. He can't live where they do forever. And Evelyn can't leave. She won't. People are counting on her and she can't let them down. These two were destined to not work, but oh I didn't realize how painful it would be. For such a sweet story that had some great moments of lightness and humor, this ending made me feel all the feels. I really hope these two make it and it is not too rough getting to that happily ever after. I loved this story. I love the story of two people who are so meant for each other, but have to go through life before they can hopefully make everything work out. I typed this up as soon as I finished because I needed to get to book two. I needed to see what happened. And I didn't  want book two to color this review.

*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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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.


How the Light Gets In was a great follow up to A Crack in Everything. It is a few years later and Evelyn and Dylan are both in different places. After the events of the last book Evelyn isn't her sunshiny happy self anymore. She is much more doom and gloom. It has been years, but she hasn't been able to find her way back to happy. Is still not really sure she should. Because of everything. She is a bit broken and oh, Evelyn. She was not done breaking my heart. 

Dylan has made a name for himself. He has followed his dreams and made something because of Evelyn. When he comes back into her life so unexpectedly it is a bit rocky. She doesn't want to get sucked back into that ease and warmth and wonderfulness that is Dylan and Evelyn. She is not quite ready to trust that things won't fall apart and break her more. But Dylan is wonderful. I love love loved him in the first book and I love him even more in this one. He is so wonderful with Evelyn and it is heartbreaking to watch. You know these two should be together. Time and distance haven't severed their connection, but the past has a way of sneaking up and making things more difficult. But these two were so sweet together and they can totally figure it out. It is hard work, but so worth it in the end. I loved Dylan and Evelyn's story. It was wonderful. And that ending? Beautiful. If you haven't read these books you really should. They are wonderful. 

*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

About the author:

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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