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The Dark Road [Kindle Edition]

Marissa Farrar
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What starts as an adventure for Sasha Mills turns into a terrifying fight for survival...

Emotionally blackmailed by the cold-footed fiancé she hasn't seen in a year, Sasha abandons her life in London to track him down in Siem Reap, Cambodia, where he's teaching.

While in Bangkok, locals react strangely to her request to travel the following day, insisting it is a not a good day to travel. Ignoring the warnings, Sasha assumes some kind of bank holiday and offers a large amount of money, securing a seat on the solitary bus heading for Siem Reap.

Thrown together with a random group of international backpackers, including the handsome Josh, Sasha is no longer certain of what lies ahead as they cross the Cambodian border and the roads turn into dirt tracks.

Soon after, a storm like none she's ever witnessed before descends upon them. When one of their group disappears off the side of the road, Sasha realizes she has more than just the warnings of land mines to worry about.

One by one, the travelers lose their minds and their lives as they are plunged into the terrifying secrets of The Dark Road.

Editorial Reviews


"The dark story of the dark road has the power to keep you up at night with your heart in your throat." - Thrillers Rock

"Want to get on a thrill ride with a bit of paranormal, fantasy and horror?... This book is an on edge horror and suspense ride and it's one you won't want to miss..." - The Pen and Muse

"If you like fascinating locales, ancient temples, curses, and long-dead kings... You need to read The Dark Road or you will be missing out on an adventure and a half!" - The Scribe's Desk

From the Author

Many years ago, as a young twenty-something, I took the same trip as the characters in The Dark Road. While much of this book is fiction, some of it is based on my real-life experiences. From the cold behavior of the Cambodian officials at the border, to the lack of decent roads, to the old tin-can of a bus we were made to ride in hour after hour--all of these things were true. I experienced the same terrifying lightning storm my characters witness, the sense of total isolation, and even the driver and his young assistant stopping at regular intervals to check beneath the bus (for what, to this day I have no clue!). But the idea for The Dark Road hit me, when, as the lightning storm continued around us, I was sure I saw something running alongside the bus. As for the rest of the story, well you, the reader, will have to decide which is fact and which is fiction.

Product Details

  • File Size: 661 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Warwick House Press (January 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006VATF4A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #692,311 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't make any other plans January 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
It's unusual for me to be unable to put a book down, but I stayed up way too late to finish this one.

The Dark Road by Marissa Farrar has a page-turning intensity reminiscent of classic Crichton. We follow Sasha, Josh, and a party of travelers in Thailand and Cambodia on a very ill-advised bus trip. The strange behavior and sealed lips of the locals don't prevent them from putting their urgent needs to get to Cambodia ahead of suspicions, and some will not live to complete the journey.

I was concerned that I'd have difficulty distinguishing between the bus-load of characters, but Farrar did an outstanding job of giving each person a personality and appearance (and sometimes an agenda) that made them individuals, some likeable and others... not so much. We know early on there is more at work than mere risky travel conditions, but what has targeted the occupants of the rattletrap bus, and why?

Alliances form and shift as the travelers struggle to make sense of the danger that pursues and surrounds them, and everyone is forced to reflect on their past lives, trials, failures, and dreams for their futures (assuming they have one). I don't know if Farrar has actually spent time traveling to this region of the world, and after a while I didn't care. Either she has, or she's done extensive research on the experience, or she has a vivid imagination, but ultimately it didn't matter. The setting was so well written that I felt the humidity, saw the jungle, heard the rain and the laughter of their tormentor, so whether it was from life, research, or imagination, I bought it totally and felt every scene.

This is an author I recently discovered via her short story, The Body Farm. I've read several more of her works since then. Her Serenity series is also compelling, and I recommend it. (First book is "Alone.")

The Dark Road was a gut-clenching, nerve-jangling adventure!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Road January 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I don't usually write reviews but I wanted to with this book. What can I is GREAT! A real page turner-I stayed up late to finish it. I dicovered Marissa Farrar's writting when read her Serenity series. I love those books and I love this one. If yo want to read a great thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, then this is the book for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Road by Marissa Farrar October 16, 2012
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A bus-load of international tourists cross into the darkest backroads of Asia. Each with their own reason for traveling, some with an agenda and some just looking for a connection to the people of this exotic land. Traveling with only a driver and guide they find themselves trapped in the bus at night while a storm rumbles around them. Trapped with no help in sight they must find the way to safety on their own. Or are they alone? Is there something out there chasing them? Or is it all the product of their own heightened senses due to the situation?

Filled with multi-dimensional protagonists, a deeply layered character driven plot and outstanding scene setting, "The Dark Road" is both compelling and frightening. Well worth reading and telling friends about, it will keep the reader on the edge of their seat, turning the pages as quickly as possible. But be warned, not to be read on a stormy night, with flickering lights while alone in the house.

Karen Bryant Doering,
Parents' Little Black Book
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The dark Road January 11, 2012
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An absolutely riveting story of intrigue, mystery and bravery. Amazing how life does these surprising things to one's life. It is a brilliant book, excellently written that keeps you wanting to read, what I would call a real page turner. It makes you realise how precious life is and how you must not take it for granted, in a nutshell if you appreciate life and of those around you, you will fight for it.
Marissa Farrar has excelled herself, The Dark Road is as brilliant as The Serenity Series. Truly an outstanding piece of work.

Thank you
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CHILLING! August 15, 2013
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I've heard only good things about this author's writing, and to my surprise found that I have two of her books on my kindle. Yes, I have so many books on my kindle I'm constantly surprised at my discoveries. Anyway, "Dark Road" turned out to be a terrific read. It's chilling, original, unpredictable and void of mushy romance. Exactly the way I like it. What really stood out for me is how well the characters and the setting for their nightmarish ordeal were constructed, considering that this is quite a short read. I can clearly see why Farrar's books are so popular. A story about a folk legend thousands of years old coming to life for one night to terrorize a busload of tourists on the back roads of Cambodia, is simply fascinating and frightening. I loved it. I'm positive any red-blooded horror / paranormal fan will be delighted by this novel!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Road into Madness May 31, 2012
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Marissa Farrar offers a taut tale of madness and murder that, while it took a little bit to get off the ground, morphs into a fast-paced struggle for survival.

Sasha, the protagonist, is likable and well-written as someone selfless and kind. The book starts with her lamenting her failing relationship and I immediately rooted for her to connect with Josh, a fellow traveler with whom she has chemistry.

The Cambodian landscape was richly painted and there were some authentically creepy scenes. Not wanting to spoil anything, I won't give away what is driving the people mad, but know that when this thing takes over, it is very, very bad. The life and death feeling came through and while the conclusion came as a sudden drop, it was a nice twist that I wouldn't have expected. A recommended read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE!!!!!
I really enjoyed this book! It was a little different from what I have read from Marissa before. But that's what made it so good! Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful
I was attracted to the story because of its setting in Southeast Asia, but it could have occurred anywhere monsoon like rain occurs; there is no development of the Thai or... Read more
Published on May 10, 2013 by wsmrer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
OMG. Was unable to put the book down. Had to force myself to put it up one night because it was scaring me so bad. Loved the book. Would make a great movie. So suspenseful.
Published on March 3, 2013 by Sharon
4.0 out of 5 stars your worst nigtmare
I really really enjoyed this book, because it was freaky and scary and I love those kind of books. This author is real good at writing this genre of books. Read more
Published on February 23, 2013 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
the book as a whole was pretty good. it kept me on the edge of my seat though out the entire read but the ending was kind of a let down. Read more
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this is the first time I have read anything by this author. It won't be the last. I loved this book. It kept my interest from page one. Read more
Published on January 4, 2013 by betsy
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspense, mystery, intense!
If you're looking for mystery, suspense, horror, and even some romance, this is the book for you. I must say, I quite enjoyed it. Read more
Published on August 7, 2012 by Liz Cabrejos
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner
I love this author she spins a tale that has you holding on to see what bizarre phenomenom she can create and put you so close to her characters that you feel emotions that quite... Read more
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More About the Author

Marissa Farrar has always been in love with being in love. But since she's been married for many years and has three young daughters, she's conducted her love affairs with multiple gorgeous men of the fictional persuasion.

The author of fifteen novels and numerous short stories, she has been a full time author for the last five years. She predominantly writes paranormal romance and urban fantasy, but has branched into contemporary fiction as well.

If you would like to know more about Marissa, you can usually find her hanging out on her facebook page . You can also tweet her at

She loves to hear from readers and can be emailed at

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