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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (August 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061652784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061652783
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 4.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,145,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Romantic comedy author Carroll (The True Match) brings tight prose and excellent pacing to her tense first thriller. Caroline Hughes abandons her abusive, controlling psychiatrist husband, hoping to begin a new life with a new name, but Dr. Porter Moross, a Freudian analyst who's more psycho than therapist, willingly destroys his life and career in a mad effort to track his elusive wife across the country. Finding shelter in a tiny mountain town, Caroline meets divorced football player Ken Kincaid, but their romance sometimes seems wedged into a story mostly focused on Porter's madness and Caroline's fear. Porter is both terrifying and sympathetic, while Caroline seems almost waifish until an unexpected and satisfying ending makes it clear that she's not just waiting for Ken to save her. Suspense fans who like a touch of romance will find this a winner. (Sept.)
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TOP 100 BOOKS LIST OF 2009 - Publishers Weekly
"Carroll develops what could be a stock story of an abusive marriage and turns it into a pulse-pounding romantic thriller with a strong, inspiring heroine determined to save herself."


DETROIT HOUR MAGAZINE
"This suspenseful page-turner is well suited for the beach . . . it offers a taut narrative with an undercurrent of forensic psychiatry and abusive manipulation." - Detroit HOUR Magazine


Starred review, Publishers Weekly (July 2009)
"Carroll brings tight prose and excellent pacing to her tense first thriller . . . suspense fans who like a touch of romance will find this a winner."


Rita Award Nominee (Romantic Suspense) - Romance Writers of America

More About the Author

Margaret Vodopia Carroll is an internationally published author whose novels have been critically acclaimed by Publishers Weekly, the American Library Association, and nominated for a prestigious Rita award by the Romance Writers of America. Her books have been translated into several languages. She is a native of Queens, New York, and grew up in Commack, Long Island. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from The George Washington University and worked on Wall Street for Standard & Poor's and E.F. Hutton before moving into travel. She is a former journalist and travel writer who went on to work in the global communications departments of British Airways and Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

She draws on her globetrotting experience to give her books a strong sense of place, with settings in New York City, Washington D.C. and mountain communities in the Colorado Rockies and Santa Fe, N.M.

She is at work on a series of stories set in small towns, about the loves, lives and careers of executives at a large fictional hotel corporation.

The Carrolls currently reside in the Midwest with a Scottish Terrier named Buddy.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hamptons Reader on August 28, 2009
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I am a huge fan of suspense novels and this is one of the best that I have read in a long time. From the first few pages I was rooting for Caroline to escape her past and was unable to put the book down until I finished - driving my own family crazy! Margaret Carroll draws her reader in and paints such a realistic picture of her characters that you quickly feel as though you know them. I cannot wait for her next release and have already become a big fan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A reader on August 27, 2009
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When the book arrived, I only had time to read the first two pages. But that's all it took. For the rest of the day, I couldn't wait to crawl into bed with this book, and it didn't disappoint. Every time I looked at the clock, knowing I needed to turn out the light, I'd think, just one more page. I finally forced myself to go to sleep, only to wake early and grab the book from my bedside table and begin reading again. I haven't come across a thriller that has captivated me like this for a long, long time. The writing is great, characters are very believable and the story line makes this book a page turner.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kris Reader on May 30, 2011
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I read all of these wonderful reviews and thought I can't go wrong with this book. But everytime it started to go into some detail it stopped and switched to another scene. Suspence is great if you eventually get some description of what is going on. It was like the author was afraid to write about the taboo topics that were always underlying in the story.
Disappointment is and understatement!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patricia in Portage on August 29, 2009
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From the moment I opened this book, I could not put it down. Margaret Carroll's ability to draw the reader in is amazing. I could feel myself in each scene, right there with the characters, as this story developed. The plot was well constructed and gripping; the characters alive and engaging. I took this book with me when I had to leave my reading chair... all in the hopes that another few moments of reading time would present itself to me and I could continue reading while the lives in this novel continued to unfold. Amazing, fun, suspenseful and exciting... a must read! The romance was awesome!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Destiny Booze on May 1, 2010
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In A DARK LOVE, author Margaret Carroll takes suspense to a new level of intensity with her character Dr. Porter Moross, a highly respected psychoanalyst. He is a man with the type of complex intrinsic psychological makeup that far exceeds any amount of reasoning or normal comprehension. It far exceeds even the mental disturbances of his own patients.

Dr. Porter Moross loves his wife, Caroline, to a dangerous degree. He will not live without her. More accurately, he really cannot live without her.

Caroline knows the extent of her husband's madness. Divorce is not an option, not if she wants to live. So, she runs. She moves to a different part of the country, lives under a new name, finds a new home and a new job. She even meets a new man.

Ken Kincaid is handsome, strong, family-oriented and, above all else, patient to a fault. His attraction to Caroline may be immediate and obvious, but he doesn't push her. He may very well be the perfect match for her, if her husband doesn't find them. If he does, there's no telling what he may be driven to do.

I recommend A DARK LOVE by Margaret Carroll for anyone that loves a good psychological thriller. The romance blossoms through the story and adds an extra flair. The plot will keep you sitting at attention as the inner workings of a mentally disturbed man unwinds and comes to light. This antagonist might even feel a bit too real for comfort. Give it a read and see.

This review is courtesy of Romance Junkies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jwoodbridge on October 27, 2012
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I completely agree with the other 5 star reviewers of this great story....
I don't think I've ever felt so completely "creeped" out by another character in
any other book that I've read more than I was by Porter...
The plot was pieced together by introducing the other characters with their premonitions and suspicions like scenes in a play....
Personally? If I was Caroline, I would have run far and fast after their second date when Porter broke down -
I know she was young and naive but I think she was old enough to see how truly unbalanced Porter was...
Although I don't mind reading "dark" sexuality in some stories, the intimation of what Porter made Caroline endure
and suffer was more than enough for the imagination...Now Ken??? I'll preface this by saying that Sundays (Thursday&Monday nights also)
is football, football, football in my house - an ex-football player ---A hero who's sweet, handsome and super protective of the woman he's
fallen in love with??? (SIGH) : )
If you enjoyed this, don't miss reading "Unforgivable" by Tina Wainscott - Another different kind of "creepy" husband portrayed in that book....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox on October 19, 2011
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The story of an abused wife leaving her husband, trying to hide from him whilst knowing he will be searching for her, isn't particularly novel. There's a great deal of inherent suspense in this kind of story - will she ever feel safe, will she fit into a new life, can she love again.

These aspects do occur in this story, but aren't perhaps as much at the forefront as I might have thought.

Slightly unusually, we spend as much time with the mad, abusive, stalker husband as we do with heroine Caroline Moross. Her husband Porter is a famous psychoanalyst but is also clearly seriously mentally deranged and has made Caroline's life a misery. When she escapes with just the clothes she is wearing and her little dog, Pippin, she makes her way to the town of Storm Pass in Colorado, finding employment looking after an elderly lady and catching the attention of Ken Kincaid, retired football player and outdoorsman.

But Porter is after Caroline. We follow the trail whereby Porter finds out where Caroline is, which partly includes an email correspondence with a former friend, although this aspect of the story isn't adequately concluded. As one would expect there's a showdown during a storm and various other revelations.

I didn't find this book entirely successful, however. Firstly, I wasn't sure what it was about Caroline that so attracted everyone's attention and help. Secondly, I found the bits focused on Porter a bit dull. Thirdly, there were several plot threads that weren't completed. Fourthly... well, there were many other aspects that I didn't like. I did very much like the setting in Colorado which was well described. But there wasn't enough about this book to lift it above the label `average'.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2011
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