In the Dark

Author: Chris Patchell

Publisher: Kindle Press

Rating: 5 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Novel

Received from Publisher


Blurb: Marissa Rooney stands in her daughter’s empty dorm room, a half-used vial of insulin clutched in her trembling hand. Brooke has been missing for days. Her roommate hasn’t seen her since that night in the bar. And if Marissa has Brooke’s insulin, it means that Brooke does not.

But Marissa isn’t alone in her terror. A phantom from her past is lurking in the shadows, waiting in the night, and holding her family captive…

In the dark.

Review:  Thrilling nail biter!  You do not want to read this one alone…at night…in a storm.

I am so impressed with this story.  Great characters so well written that you FEEL them.  You feel their anxiety, their fear, their troubled pasts to your core.  And their pasts are troubled.    The blurb states that Marissa’s daughter, Brooke, is missing and she doesn’t have her insulin.  If you’ve ever known a serious diabetic, that would be enough to drive any mother into an frenzy, and to find out she was taken?  Her fear felt real…would have been real in real life.  Marissa had made some mistakes in her life…a teenage mother with three failed marriages behind her.  But she has tried, getting a better education and making a life for herself and her two girls.  And her present isn’t great.  She has a job as a legal secretary in one of Seattle’s big firms, but her supervisor, Ms. Benoit, is a bi…not a nice person!…constantly looking over Marissa’s shoulder and criticizing everything.  When Marissa leaves work to look for her daughter, Benoit  threatened her job.  This early in the book, Marissa can’t convince anyone that her daughter hasn’t just taken off with a guy for a few days.

Aside from Marissa, this book is populated with a fascinating cast of characters, every one of them as fully developed as Marissa.  There are multiple points of view from several characters that drag you deeper and deeper into the mystery, including the nasty, hateful, ugly antagonist. And…it…is…intense.  And not for the squeamish.  There is a lot of violence.  It gets pretty gory.  And unexpected.  I was gritting my teeth in several places, but the finish?  Holy crap!  I thought I might have a heart attack and I kept thinking…MOVIE!…this should be a movie!

Ms. Patchell is a new author for me.  I enjoyed her book…a lot, and am hoping for many more opportunities to read her work. Excellent.



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