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"Dark is the Sky is that rare thing, a thoughtful meditation on the generational toll of grief." -Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean
"Filled with vivid characters, believable relationships and plot twists, this novel will keep readers guessing till the last page." -Caroline Kellems, author of The Coffee Diary
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: All Things That Matter Press (November 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984721509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984721504
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,343,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Molly R. on December 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
I'm not usually all that interested in stories billed as murder mysteries, so it's worth mentioning that while this book does contain a mystery revolving around a death, it is so much more than the usual formulaic "whodunit." Jessica Chambers excels at the ensemble cast, and this novel shines for it. She writes a family full of characters of all ages and temperaments, each hiding their own secrets and desires, all fully believable even when they clash with each other in destructive fashion. And the clashing sure does get destructive! I was gripped by both the sympathy for their sufferings and misunderstandings, and the burning need to find out what exactly happened on that tragic day that damaged the family so thoroughly. Intricately plotted, and written with a gorgeous sense of romance and setting, this book is a sure bet for those of us who grew up on darkly romantic stories like 'Rebecca'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karin Rita Gastreich on July 15, 2012
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Twelve years have passed since a family reunion ended in the tragic death of one of the four Cameron brothers, Scott. Plagued by the suspicion that Scott's drowning was not an accident, Violet convinces her sister Olivia to bring the family together once again in their country home. As Violet tries to uncover the truth behind the death of the man she loved, the web of intrigue and deception that ensnares the Cameron family is revealed, with unexpected and devastating consequences.

This is a masterfully written novel that will pull you in from the very first page, and not let you go until the very last. Chambers has an exceptional gift for bringing her characters to vivid life and giving the reader a stake in the fate of each one, no matter how flawed or unsympathetic. The pacing is excellent, the emotional tension unrelenting. Chambers paints a surprisingly complex story in the context of a single weekend gathering, and with one or two minor exceptions, paints thoroughly human characters caught up in disturbing but believable situations. I cannot recommend this novel enough, and I am looking forward to reading more by this very talented author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Justin Callahan on November 10, 2012
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Sorority, Fraternity, Murder, Love, Betrayal, Incest.; someone once told me there are only seven basic stories and all the rest of literature is just variations on these basic themes. Well, Dark is The Sky manages to weave most of these thematic elements into one weekend at an English country estate. In this novel of familial dysfunction Jessica Chambers introduces us to a cast of characters emotionally shipwrecked by time space and interpersonal history redolent with regret for things past and fraught with mis-understanding. The Cameron's who, like lemmings have drowned their family identity twelve years before in a back story of deceit, betrayal and murder, come together to hash it all out over a bit of trifle and a snow storm during the holidays. I couldn't put it down, what scared me most were the subtle bits which I could relate to my own experiences..........

J.R. Locke,
Author of; Down and Out in Manhattan
& Possible Twenty
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By Maureen on March 21, 2012
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Jessica Chambers pulls you right into the inner parts of a dysfunctional family. We begin with Olivia overhearing what she thinks is her husband having an affair....and the beginning of a three day visit from the core of her husbands family. It has been 12 years since that New Year's reunion and the family is as pulled apart as it was then, if not more so.
We are reunited with Olivia's Sister Violet, and her husband Joel, and daughter Lottie. Violet has convinced her sister to bring the Cameron Family together, for what purpose we find out later! Even though this family has seemed to move on from the events that happened on that Summer weekend, things have never been the same.
This book will hold you until the end, and you will never guess how it all ends!

I received this book from the Author Jessica Chambers, and was not required to give a positive review.
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You can never outrun your past...

The Cameron family learns this first hand as they all come together for the first time in twelve years at New Year's. They have been haunted by the tragedy that befell them at the family reunion those twelve long years ago. With a gothic style and compelling characters, Dark Is The Sky will keep you up way past your bedtime.

I love mysteries and the author has crafted a brilliant and twisted story of family tragedy and secrets all leading up to discovering the truth behind the events of the life-altering family reunion so long ago. All of the characters come to life with their own faults and deadly secrets. The interactions between the characters are devastating and tempestuous. Beautifully written and well-detailed Dark Is The Sky is a book you recommend to your friends.
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Although I read this book a long time ago, the story has remain with me. I just loved the characters--they are family and as such, provide a great deal of excitement.

This book will appeal not only to the mystery lover--with lots of suspects all stuck together in one house, carrying their secrets and motives--but will also appeal to the reader in search of drama and a bit of a love story as well.

Reminds me of a VC Andrews novel.
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