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The Darkness In You
Author: Becca Steele









The Darkness In You

Copyright © 2023 by Becca Steele


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Becca Steele



This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s crazy imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.









Author’s note


Another note


A Quick Recap


Part One




Chapter 1


Chapter 2


Chapter 3


Chapter 4


Chapter 5


Chapter 6


Chapter 7


Chapter 8


Chapter 9


Chapter 10



Part Two


Chapter 1


Chapter 2


Chapter 3



Part Three


Chapter 1


Chapter 2


Chapter 3


Chapter 4


Chapter 5


Chapter 6


Chapter 7


Chapter 8


Chapter 9


Chapter 10


Chapter 11


Chapter 12


Chapter 13


Chapter 14


Chapter 15


Chapter 16


Chapter 17


Chapter 18


Chapter 19


Chapter 20


Chapter 21


Chapter 22


Chapter 23


Chapter 24


Chapter 25


Chapter 26


Chapter 27


Chapter 28


Chapter 29


Chapter 30


Chapter 31


Chapter 32


Chapter 33


Epilogue 1


Epilogue 2



Thank you and a note




Also by Becca Steele


About the Author






Loner - Theory of a Deadman

Monster - Imagine Dragons

Zombie - Bad Wolves

The Sun Has Set on Me - Theory of a Deadman

The Dark of You - Breaking Benjamin

Demons - Imagine Dragons

With Or Without You - U2

Alone - I Prevail

Angel - Theory of a Deadman

Monster - Walking on Cars

I Started A Joke - ConfidentialMX, Becky Hanson

Love Is Gone (Acoustic) - SLANDER, Dylan Matthew

One More Light - Linkin Park

Enemy Reimagined (Acoustic) - Designer Disguise

Fallen Angel - TIX

Wicked Game - Theory of a Deadman

Here With You - Sick Puppies

Ashes of Eden - Breaking Benjamin

Scars - Alfie Acuri

Right Here - Ashes Remain

Pieces - Red

Nightlight - Finding Hope

My Escape - Ravenscode



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The author is British, and British English spellings and phrases are used throughout.



Please note that this book may contain triggers for some readers. Please view the trigger warnings page below for details:




You can find the playlist for TDIY on Spotify or YouTube






While The Darkness In You is technically a standalone novel, it is best enjoyed after the previous books in the series (particularly books 1-3), in order to gain an understanding of the characters and continuing storylines. All are available on Amazon, and are in Kindle Unlimited.

#1: The Lies We Tell

#2: The Secrets We Hide

#3: The Havoc We Wreak

#4: The Fight In Us

#5: The Bonds We Break


If you haven’t read them, or read them a while ago and need a reminder of what happened, read on for a quick recap of the books. Please note that this recap contains MAJOR spoilers! If you would prefer not to read, skip ahead to Part 1 of the story.


Becca xoxo







“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”



—Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird






Tim. My brother. My confidant, my best friend, and my protector.

Zayde. My lover. My secret, my shelter, and my soulmate.

On Halloween, I lost them both, because of him.

He started the fire, and I burned with it. In one night, he destroyed my entire world, and ashes were all that remained.






My eyes blinked open, and it took me a minute to get my bearings. Oh, yes. I was in my friend Hailey’s car. She’d come to pick me up from the train station for a surprise visit to Alstone. I was normally at boarding school during term time, but since it was half-term, I was making the most of no lessons and a chance to see my two favourite people. Even though it meant that I’d see him. “Where are we?” I asked, then took in the scenery outside. “Oh. Nearly home.” I couldn’t disguise the tremor in my voice, but I hoped that Hailey didn’t notice it.

She smiled as she brought the car to a stop at the side of the road. “Happy to be back?”

That was a question with a complicated answer. “I’m looking forward to seeing Tim and Joe,” I said, unclipping my seat belt. As I reached for the door handle, I forced a smile. “Thanks, Hails. I’ll see you on Sunday?”

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