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In The Dark Paperback – September 10, 2015
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Short blurb: Marissa's college age daughter is abducted. But local cops think she's a runaway. Mom knows better ... her daughter is diabetic and has left all her insulin behind. But mom is tenacious and stubborn and refuses to let the police put this on a back burner. Along with Detective Seth Crawford, she swears to move heaven and hell to find her daughter before it's too late.
Marissa is such a strong character. She's got a history of three ex-husbands, but she's managed to put herself through school, raise two daughters basically on her own, and now she has to withstand the terror of not knowing where her daughter is.
Seth is another really strong character with a history. He carries scars from a fire in which he was unable to save his wife.
The plot is tightly woven and managed to draw me in and keep me locked in from the very first. Even the secondary characters came to life in a big way. I found myself turning pages faster and faster the more I read. The ending was absolutely breath-taking.
My thanks to Kindle Press / NetGalley / Kindle Scout for furnishing a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
**A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.**
"In the Dark" caught my attention from the very beginning. I'm a huge mystery/thriller buff and a good missing persons case is always an interesting read. Chris Patchell's book caught my attention and I instantly dove in.
The story follows Marissa Rooney as her already tough life falls apart with her oldest daughter going missing. If that is not bad enough, her youngest is acting out, her boss doesn't seem to understand, and her missing daughter doesn't have her insulin and is on a ticking clock. Talk about drama! Patchell loaded the book with multiple story lines, which is something I typically dislike due to confused from jumping story lines, but this one was delivered well. We got to see the missing person's case unfold, a little love story start up, and relationships fuse back together. Marissa was the everyday mom, barely holding it together as she tries to keep their life afloat while her daughter is missing and search for her at the same time. Marrisa's character is one I definitely related to. A single mom wearing herself down to build a life for her children only for something else to come down and kick her back down.
Patchell's writing style is dirty and gritty... everything a good murder/mystery needs. Her characters are raw and real with secrets seeping out of them, making the story even more interesting. Her ability to follow the main plot line, but intertwine smaller background stories makes this book even more interesting. My only complaint would be the beginning was a slow pickup. I would have been happier with a quicker flowing entry to the story, but otherwise it was great. Highly recommended for mystery lovers.
The book begins with a chilling scene featuring our anonymous villain. The ensuing short chapters are told from at least six different points-of-view. We are introduced to a lot of characters, and we have to piece together how their stories intersect. I could see the plot going in several different directions, but the suspense is lost once the kidnapper's identity is revealed to the reader; I would have preferred the villain to remain anonymous for a bit longer.
There are a couple of minor editing errors, an overuse of similes, too much lip pursing, the annoying use of full names anytime anyone is introduced, and way too many coincidences. And it seems that Jesse Morgan is the only bartender in Seattle. Nevertheless, the action is non-stop, especially towards the end and, because our villain is so unpredictable, you never know what will happen next. The pace alone will keep you reading.
Warnings: coarse language, sexual references, sex scene, graphic violence.
I received this book in return for an honest review.
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Really liked the main characters, would def read another book with detective crawford.Published 2 days ago by kristina masi
I liked this book. What it the best mystery I ever read? No, but it was well written, the characters were believable and it kept my attention. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Cat Powers
Enjoyed the pace, and even though you knew who the killer was, it didn't spoil the book. Enjoyable read.Published 4 days ago by Hillary C. Stewart
This book grabs you from the first page. I was always looking forward to getting back to reading.Published 5 days ago by Julie
Although it was fairly easy for me to identify the culprit, I enjoyed following the road to his discovery.Published 5 days ago by Marion Worrell
Awesome fast paced read! I loved it, from the suspense to the interpersonal interactions and romance!Published 6 days ago by JJ Fay
Kept me reading late into the night. The main characters were resourceful. Wanted them to have the best outcome. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Maureen Horne
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