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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: #4,235,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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The pacing is excellent, the emotional tension unrelenting.
Karin Rita Gastreich
I think the author did a wonderful job telling this story with compassion and honesty.
Kathleen Kelly
I am impressed, and I will surely remember this book for a very long time...
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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 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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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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By Orchard Book Club on March 7, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Love, Murder, Betrayal, Incest and Hate all in one family unit!
The Cameron family are having a family reunion 12 years after a shocking event happened at home of one of the brothers.
The book kept me guessing and had good strong characters but the plot kept flitting form pass to present so many times that I was pleased to get to the actual who done it part.
I liked the book and I liked the way the you couldn't predict the ending.

Reviewed by Rachel

***This book was given free for an honest review***
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Drama, suspense, mystery and romance. Miss Jessica Chambers' second novel, "Dark is the Sky" is surely one of the best written books I've read lately. The story captivated me from the very beginning. I felt myself pulled in, meeting one member of the family after the other and one more interesting and believable character after the other. And as I know from the author's debut novel, "Voices on the Waves" she is a master of portraying characters. Dark secrets push the veil to come out in the open, intrigue and whispers simmer dangerously. Here and there, a short, caustic remark or an evoking silence stays ready to start an emotional hurricane, as the family gathers together 12 years after the mysterious death of Scott. "Dark is the Sky" reminded me of Agatha Christie's novels. I am impressed, and I will surely remember this book for a very long time...
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By Kathleen Kelly on April 12, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
"The cemetery was deserted. Oblivious to the December chill seeping through her jacket, the woman sat at the graveside and watched the sky darken over London."
This first sentence in the prologue certainly had me hooked and I knew I had to find out who this woman was.
Violet, who wants to lay the past to rest after 12 years, asks her sister, Olivia to help her get all the family together. They had been present years ago at a gathering and have not been together since. Olivia is quite reluctant to rehash the bad memories as is the rest of the family but they do decide to go to the gathering held at Olivia and Joel's house. The Cameron brothers have always been close until a horrible tragedy and misunderstandings split them apart. The youngest of Joel and Olivia's children has repressed memories of the event that keeps coming back to her in dreams. No one will talk about what happened to her Uncle Scott and now that she is 17 she has questions she needs answers to. Will the family be able to come to terms with the past and move on? All I can say is this book is remarkable in that it lays the lives and emotions of a dysfunctional family out there for all to see. I think the author did a wonderful job telling this story with compassion and honesty. A riveting novel that will have you turning the pages just to see what happens next. I loved it and highly recommend it.
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