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Chasing Darkness (A Taut Psychological Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

Danielle Girard
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Book Description

The most dangerous place to hide is in the dark...

A tough special-agent with the Department of Justice, and a dedicated single mother to her orphaned nephews, Samantha Chase is unbreakable. Until two women, both from the shadows of Sam’s past, are discovered strangled. For Sam, the most unnerving detail is the eucalyptus branch tucked behind the victims’ ears—the signature of a notorious serial murder already convicted and executed for his crimes.

To detective Nick Thomas, the only link to the copycat killings is Sam herself. And when she becomes the target of threats—each one more menacing than the last—his feelings for her just might jeopardize the case. But to understand the killer’s twisted motive is to explore Sam’s past—and a crime she’s spent a lifetime trying to bury...

Winner of the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award

"Girard knows how to rivet your attention." ~New York Times bestselling author Michael Prescott
"Gripping...not for the faint of heart." ~New York Times bestselling author Phillip Margolin
"Girard plunges her readers into a horrifying journey... [Her] characters leap off the page." ~The Piedmont Post

Savage Art
Ruthless Game
Cold Silence
The Rookie Club

As one of four children, Danielle Girard grew up in a house where the person with the best story got heard, and it’s probably no surprise that fast-paced suspense stories have always been her favorite. Girard’s books have won the Barry Award and been selected for the RT Reviewers Choice Award. Two of her novels have been optioned for movies.

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From Publishers Weekly

In this taut psychological thriller, Girard (Ruthless Game) portrays the effects of child abuse with clarity and honesty, demonstrating how some victims turn into victimizers while others choose to guard the innocent. Samantha Chase, a special agent for the Department of Justice and a former homicide detective, spends her time apprehending child abusers and caring for her orphaned twin nephews. At all times she represses her own traumatic childhood experiences and maintains an aloof distance from her colleagues, friends and family. But when a copycat killer begins targeting women who are connected to Sam through her cases, her life starts to unravel. Her colleagues wonder what she's hiding behind her icy veneer could she be a rogue cop? and a single-minded police chief who's convinced of her guilt is determined to put her away. Sam's primary ally is her ex-lover, Detective Nick Thomas, but his lingering affection for her may place her life in jeopardy. As Sam and Nick come nearer to uncovering the killer, disturbing secrets about Sam's past and her nephews' bleak childhood come to light. Girard maintains the novel's swift pacing and high tension, but a too perfect denouement detracts from the stark, realistic canvas she has created. Still, this is a compelling thriller and a skillful treatment of a difficult topic.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2392 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451410238
  • Publisher: ePublishing Works! (April 26, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Y2VHRW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,688 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars BY NO MEANS THRILLING July 5, 2012
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I pushed myself through this book because I absolutely hate starting something and not finishing it.
I hate to criticize peoples work, because it takes a lot to write a book and I appreciate that.... but I am going to give my honest review.
This book was all over the place. I downloaded it thinking it would be a story about a serial killer and it turned out to be a cat and mouse love story, baggage from the past been done too many times story with a "serial killer" thrown in the background.
Some of the characters were completely unnecessary and that little girl Whitney with all her stupid rambling was a waste of time. I really didn't care about any character in the book enough to get attached or concerned with the outcome.
If we had more history on why she was possibly being framed that may have been more believable also. The person who turned out to be the killer and the explanation behind it was so totally farfetched it was sad.
I will be deleting this from my Kindle to make space for a better book.
p.s. Where all those 5 star ratings came from??????????
Don't believe it.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars high voltage thriller March 3, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
She was a homicide detective in the Sheriff's department but she became sick of dealing with death all the time so she transferred over to the State of California of Department of Justice working mainly with abuse victims. At the same time she transferred jobs Sam Chase unexpectedly gained guardianship of her twin eight-year-old nephews. Their parents died in a car crash and their deceased mother (Sam's late sister) did not want her family in Mississippi even getting near them.

Eight years later Sam and her two nephews Derek and Rob are a family. Sam is a success at work and envied by her peers when one of her old cases comes back to haunt her. The mother of a child abuse victim is found murdered and Sam is forced to work with Derek Thomas of the Sheriff's department since the victim looks like she was murdered by a serial killer that Sam once caught. Since the killer is dead, the police are working on the assumption that it's a copycat killer until another homicide is committed and Sam is linked to both deaths.

Danielle Girard is a name to watch because she's rapidly reading the level of a Nancy Taylor Rosenberg or a Sandra Brown. CHASING DARKNESS is a tightly woven thriller that shines a dark light on the evil things done to children and shows how it affects them long after the abuse stops. The strange and off beat romance that develops between Sam and Derek is a realistic necessary subplot to reduce the tension, which becomes unbelievably high voltage at times. This one sitting read entertains as well as educates.

Harriet Klausner
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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If you've read Danielle Girard before, then chances are you're among her growing legion of fans. As with her previous thrillers, in CHASING DARKNESS she once again layers a frightening plot with finely crafted psychological backstory that invests the reader in the characters. Because she takes the time to craft these characters so deeply, these people come alive on the pages, and when the twists and turns arrive you find yourself dizzy along with them. In a publishing world in which the so-called "big" books are too often nothing more than annointed marketing strategies penned by average writers, Danielle Girard is the real deal, a writer of great craftsmanship and skill who is unafraid to open dark doors and shove you down into the cellar of her vision, leaving you breathless when you emerge, touched and entertained and hungry for her next novel. Get on board now, because her career is headed to the moon. Buy this book, because this is what you're looking for in a great mystery/thriller read.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating tale of murder, abuse and survival September 19, 2002
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This is the first book that I have read by Danielle Girard. I only hope her others are as good because I will be reading them all. "Chasing Darkness" is a great thriller. It contains enough suspense to keep me reading long into the night. However, it is the disturbing yet artfully revealed details about the child abuse and family relationships that made me want to keep reading when the story had ended.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not for me November 13, 2012
By E. J.
Format:Kindle Edition
A reasonable price and a good beginning but what seemed to be a thriller turned into a slow love story with some mystery thrown in. Wasn't my cup of tea.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Even Finish Reading This One June 13, 2013
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I always read through most of the reviews before purchasing a book for my Kindle. This one had 4 1/2 stars out of five, so I downloaded it and gave it a try. I definitely agree with some of the reviewers who say its more of a romance than a psychological thriller. I knew that going into it, though, and don't mind a romantic suspense novel once in awhile. I didn't mind the romance part of the book. What made me quit about a third of the way into it was the stereotypical corny characters. Seriously, a dad who would punch his 16 year old son outside of a police station and then talk to the main character, Sam, the way he did in public was so unrealistic and cartoonish. That whole section was very over the top as was the early section about the baseball game with Sam's twin 16 year old nephews. Has the author spent any time with teenaged boys? As I'd already figured out who the killer was only a third of the way through the book, I gave up finishing it. If you enjoy reading psychological thrillers with complex characters, don't waste your time on this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing enough
This thriller keeps the reader entertained, and by the end it is hard to put down. A good read for those liking mystery and thrill!
Published 1 month ago by Amanda Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a thriller
This book kept me guessing up to the very end who the killer was and why Sam was being framed. It's all mixed up for her from start to finish. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Debbie
4.0 out of 5 stars The Effects of Child Abuse
There were several intertwined stories here--the mystery Sam and Nick were trying to solve, their romance, the family past that made Sam so passionate about bring child abusers to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lillian Ammann (Lillie)
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Ride! Must Read!
Heart pounding excitement! I couldn't put it down! You'll never guess Who Dun It!

Characters well developed....Combination Thriller, Romance...Family Ties.... Read more
Published 2 months ago by rita katz
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
I love mysteries. I read all the time. This book is a good read. I recommend it for anyone who likes to read mysteries.
Published 2 months ago by Dottie Benedetti
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read
heart wrencking., loved it. it was suspenseful, intriguing.. made me laugh and cry.. you won't be able to put this book down once you start reading it..
Published 2 months ago by Regina
4.0 out of 5 stars The best writer of our time !
Every book Danielle Girard writes is a 10 or more ! I could read her books every day of the week . She oozes with talent .
Keep up the great work . Evonne Anderson
Published 3 months ago by Evonne Anderson
2.0 out of 5 stars Easy to put down!
Didn't hold my interest very well, was easy to put down and find something else to do. Not the gripping thriller I wanted it to be.
Published 3 months ago by Donna S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Chasing Darkness
Five stars for a well done thriller. Had to stay up and finish this book. Great unexpected ending. The characters were well developed and the storyline had many facets. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
The more you read this book the more captivating it becomes. If you like psychological thrillers this book is for you. You won't want to put it down.
Published 3 months ago by AZ Cactus
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More About the Author

Almost two decades ago, Danielle decided she wanted to try to write a book. She set out to write something sweet, maybe even romantic, but on page 5, someone got shot and it's been that way ever since.

The Barry-award winning author lives with her husband, who is careful never to lurk in dark corners, and their two children. They split their time between San Francisco and the northern Rockies.

The THIRD book in the Rookie Club Series, DARK PASSAGE, is now out!

The FOURTH in the Rookie Club series, INTERFERENCE, is ALMOST HERE!! INTERFERENCE will be out in LATE SPRING of 2014.

INTERFERENCE features Computer Intrusion Squad Agent Mei Ling. Recently relocated to the SFPD from Chicago's FBI office, Mei Ling is heading up an investigation into the hacking of several San Francisco businesses that coincided with the disappearance of a large number of police repossessed weapons. The first attempt on Mei's life might seem random, but when the second occurs it becomes clear that Mei has attracted the unwelcome attention of someone who is both very smart and very dangerous.

(Authors Note: Computer Intrusion Squad Agent Mei Ling first appeared in COLD SILENCE, 2002.)

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