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About the Author

A tech worker by day and an author by night, Chris Patchell writes gritty suspense novels set in the Pacific Northwest that are sure to keep you up reading late, turning pages well past dark. Her debut novel, Deadly Lies, won a 2015 Indie Reader Discovery Award for best fiction.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 478 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 10, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1514790068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1514790069
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #529,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I voted for this book at Kindle Scout and was tickled pink when I got notified that it had been chosen for publication. But before receiving the email, I noticed that it was also listed on NetGalley and I was approved to read and review.

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.

5 Stars

My thanks to Kindle Press / NetGalley / Kindle Scout for furnishing a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
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As with Chris Patchell's other book, "Deadly Lies" I expected to be engaged in her second book. I was completely wrong: I was absolutely riveted. Patchell has grown as a writer in this book and it shows. She is becoming a force to be reckoned with. The characters develop throughout the book and the storyline has a lot of suspense. You simply don't know what is coming next...which is why I had so many rough mornings because I was up reading "In the Dark" late the night before. Highly recommend Patchell's books!
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**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.
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When her diabetic daughter Brooke goes missing, Marissa knows that it is critical to find her as soon as possible. While the police don't take her concerns seriously, Marissa receives help from an unexpected source. Brooke is being kept in the dark, both literally and figuratively, but with a growing pool of likely suspects, will Detective Seth Crawford find her in time?

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.

3.5 Stars

I received this book in return for an honest review.

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