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Darkness, My Old Friend (Jones Cooper) Hardcover – August 9, 2011

4.1 out of 5 stars 157 customer reviews
Book 2 of 2 in the Jones Cooper Series

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Darkness, My Old Friend is deeply plotted and complex and carries an undeniable momentum. Lisa Unger's enthralling cast of characters pulled me right in and locked me down tight. This is one book that will have you racing to the last page, only to have you wishing the ride wasn't over.”—Michael Connelly

"Lisa Unger is one of my favorite authors.  She gets better and better with each book."—Karin Slaughter, New York Times Bestselling author of Fallen

“A satisfying story with an eclectic and interesting cast of characters and believable dialogue. Unger shows her usual deftness at intricate plotting and explores the mother-child relationship from multiple angles…Sure to be another hit with Unger fans.”—Kirkus Reviews

"The beauty of this unconventional crime novel is that focus is not on whodunit but the darkness that drives us."—Family Circle

"Verdict...one of Unger's best thrillers yet."—Library Journal, starred review

“Good reading, canny characterizations.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Unger skillfully pulls together various stories in an exciting and logical way. Darkness, My Old Friend" moves at a brisk pace as Unger makes us desperately want to know what drives these various characters."—South Florida Sun Sentinel

About the Author

Lisa Unger is an award-winning New York Times and internationally bestselling author, published in 26 languages worldwide. 
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Product Details

  • Series: Jones Cooper (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; First Edition edition (August 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307464997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307464996
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,130,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Susan Johnson VINE VOICE on August 5, 2011
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This is a wonderful book about people changing their lives. It talks about how hard it is to make difficult changes in our lives-either good or bad. The story revolves about several people in flux:
*Jones Cooper- a retired cop who has to figure out what to do next with his life
*Willow Graves-a young teen-ager forced to move from New York City to the small town of Hollows after her parents divorce and quite unhappy about it
*Paula Carr-a mistreated housewife who must decide if living with her controlling husband is a good situation for her two young children and stepson
*Eloise- the town psychic who must decide if she should continue using her powers to help others or make a life for herself
*Michael Holt-wants to find out if his mother ran off and left him and his sister or if something evil has happened to her

When these characters meet and interact, all hell breaks loose. Willow sees Michael digging a grave, Eloise warns Jones about an alarming situation, Paula calls Jones for help and all of them discover moving forward, no matter how difficult, is a worthwhile goal.
The story is well written and told from the various characters viewpoints. This must be the new "in" thing as the last two books I've read, "Dreams of Joy" by Lisa See and "Innocent" by Scott Turow, have been written in this manner. It can be quite effective but it is starting to be overdone.
This is a quite a page turner and an entertaining read.
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This rich and wonderfully written story begins with three very disfunctional families in a town called "The Hollows".
It opens with Kevin and Paula Carr. Kevin is a controlling, lying, psychopath and Paula his apathetic wife are each living a lie.
Jones a retired police detective at 47, who is obsessed with his own death, and his wife Maggie Cooper a psychologist.
A recently divorced Bethany Graves and her troubled teenager Willow. Lastly, Eloise (a psychic?) who strangely brings all the story lines together.

This book isn't a mystery or thriller, per say, but an edgy juxtaposition on relationships. It is tense in some places and "whew" good in others. There are a few surprises, but one ending that is glaringly obvious. (Which was fine with me) It's the kind of book that when you're done, you have to read all the acknowledgements and re-read the first chapter or two.

This author has a great talent for telling a story that you are sure is going to go one way and it doesn't, and in a very short time having the reader completely relate to the characters, so much, that you are cringing thinking of what may happen to "XXX". It's fast paced and original, and if you like Lisa Unger you will love this book. If you haven't read any of her work this is a stand alone and a great place to start. Its not just a scary mystery/thriller novel, its somehow almost cathartic when finished.

I would love to see any of these characters especially Jones Cooper pop up again in another book, they were great.

I hope this review was helpful to you as it was difficult to give too much information without spoilers.
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I liked this book very much. I was surprised to learn that it is a sequel of sorts to her previous book, "Fragile." If you can't remember what exactly happens in that book it might be helpful to reread it before starting this one. While this is a stand alone novel, there are some references to plotlines from "Fragile" and it just bugged me that I didn't remember things very clearly.

The main mystery, what happened to a young mother 20+ years ago is very interesting. I was definitely hooked on finding out what had happened, and also found the secondary plotlines compelling as well. Characters are well developed and sympathetic.

Everything is wrapped up pretty neatly at the end...maybe a couple of loose threads. Overall a great book!
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From page 229 to 353 I enjoyed this novel a lot. I didn't do enough research before choosing this book because it simply must have been part of a series.

I had read the description and was expecting a thriller with some mystery aspects also. For the most part what I got was the inner feelings of rage, anger, and despair for character after character with very tenuous links to keep them connected with the overall story. Now retired from the police force Jones Cooper was spending all his time hiding from all kinds of psychological problems which had persisted throughout his life. There was something awful which happened in his past which was constantly alluded to but never explained. Bethany Graves was filled with all kinds of hangups because of her failed marriage and her decision to move from New York City to The Hollows. Willow Graves has the depths of angst usually associated with a 15 year old girl who doesn't want to be living where she is so she repeatedly acts out. Eloise Montgomery is a psychic who is allowing her gift to completely take over her mind and body. Kevin Carr is a sociopath, his wife Paula is trying to present to the world the appearance of the perfect wife. Michael Holt is filled with rage and anger and wants to find out what happened to his mother all those years ago when she disappeared. The list just goes on and on. And yet the character who could have given the most information was, for the most part, left sitting on the side lines.

The first 225 pages of this novel are included as Part One and it seems to consist mainly of delving into the psychology of each person in the novel and coming up with rage and anger. When Part Two finally began the story actually became interesting, thrilling, and the mystery was solved.
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