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Through Dark Spaces: A Hannah Morrison Mystery (Volume 2) Paperback – May 20, 2012
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"Writing about what you know is a sound approach to fiction for any author. Karen Hall followed it, and has produced a fine second novel as a result." -- South Dakota Magazine
"Hannah is a fascinating protagonist, and the plot is an interesting one, giving the reader an insight into a world previously little-known to most." -- Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Karen Hall, an environmental engineer and writer, lives in the Black Hills outside Rapid City, SD, with her husband Jeff Nelsen and their cat Junior. After she earned an English degree at the University of Minnesota, she tried many occupations. None of them suited her well, so she went back to school for degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering, and spent several years working in Minnesota's oil industry. She left to start her own environmental consulting business--and to devote more time to writing. Her novel, UNREASONABLE RISK, the first Hannah Morrison mystery, is a thriller about sabotage in an oil refinery, and is available for all e-readers and, soon, in paperback. Ms. Hall has also published several short stories and travel pieces. THROUGH DARK SPACES, A Hannah Morrison Mystery, is her second novel. Karen is currently finishing a novel about infertility, and has begun her third Hannah Morrison mystery.
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The character development was excellent and the story was definitely researched (I work in the industry - not mining but EPA wastewater stuff) so it was interesting to see that it was pretty accurate. It was not overdone so don't think there is too much "jargon" in the story. Some stories give way too much information but this was done well.
I really enjoyed the way the author brought the story to life. You felt like you were a part of this town and that you knew the people. It was just very well done.
There was little swearing (if any) and no sex so if you don't like that in your reading you don't have to worry about that. It doesn't bother me but I know that it bothers some people. No gruesome details when someone was murdered either.
I hope there will be more in this series (after the third) because it was a great read.
What so impressed me about "Unreasonable Risk" and now even more so in "Through Dark Spaces" is the research Hall must have done. I know absolutely nothing about mining, but everything sounded very real and quite plausible. She explained technicalities not only so people like me can understand, but also weaved in the descriptions so they flowed naturally with the plot. I'm usually not interested in the how-it-works and often find explanations taking me out of the story, but the way it's described here, I was fascinated. Hall also has the ability to put the reader inside the mine. Just imagining being trapped in a cave-in is terrifying. Hall makes it real. "Through Dark Spaces" is a page turner told in multiple points of view so you really get inside the characters' heads. It's dark (literally and figuratively) and unpredictable ~ just the way I like 'em. I just hope it's not another six years before we see Hannah again.
In the interest of truthfulness, I will say that I'm a friend of Karen Hall. That being said, my writer friends know that I hold them to a higher standard. I'm more apt to give five star reviews to new authors and unknown authors (not always, but if I like the book, I'm more generous). To give a five star review to a friend means the book is very special. "Through Dark Spaces" stands up well against any murder mystery that you'll find.
I do intend to find more by Ms. Hall - and I seldom try to track an author.
if you love strong female characters, this one is for you.
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