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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 iMarissa 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....

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  • Sue
    2018-12-06 14:27

    When I saw “In The Dark” by Chris Patchell, on Netgalley, I was first attracted to the vivid cover. Then after reading the initial description of the book, I was intrigued and knew I had to read this book. I was not expecting it to be as good as it was. Being a reader of mystery, suspense psychological thrillers, this novel was right up my alley! An amazing book that had my full attention, and had me flipping the pages as fast as I could. This novel deals with the power of a mother’s love, and the lengths that she will go to, to protect her family. So many lives would change, all because of a madman!Brooke, Marissa's daughter, Brooke goes missing. It's a race against time to find her as she's an insulin-dependent diabetic.“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.”And this is not the first girl who had disappeared recently in Seattle. Kim Covey had disappeared four weeks earlier, while Brooke Parker had just been missing for five days. The police believed these were the work of a serial kidnapper. A very dangerous man…“Hate for the monster who had brought them both here and tied them both up as animals. Like some evil kind of god, he held the power of life and death in his hands.”It soon became apparent who the killer is, but this still doesn’t take away from the plot, as we have to learn WHY!Well-developed characters and detailed plot scenes, makes it easy to care and be attached to the characters. I found myself rooting for Marissa and her family to make it through this horrible ordeal.If you are looking for a great plot and edge-of-your seat, nail-biting suspense, "In The Dark" is definitely the book for you. Many thanks to NetGalley, the publishers and Chris Patchell for allowing me to read this book in return for an honest and open review.

  • Jan
    2018-12-09 12:21

    In The Dark is an action packed page turner that will definitely get your attention! Marissa is a struggling, single Mother of two beautiful girls. When her eldest daughter Brooke goes missing, she gets the help of an unlikely ally which forces the police to get involved early on. Enter Seth, an investigating officer with secrets of his own and something to prove. Marissa and Seth are drawn to each other but finding Brooke is front and center, as Brooke is a diabetic and the clock is ticking. Early on, the author identifies the antagonist along with glimpses of his past and present that are weaved together to form the foundation of the story. It's this aspect of the book that I enjoyed the most. Who doesn't love getting a ring side seat inside a psycho’s mind?While the race to find Brooke was always the main plot,, the author did a nice job of weaving several other side plots throughout the story that all came together seamlessly at the end.An enjoyable read that I recommend to all my fellow suspense junkies!My thanks to NetGalley, the author and publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Montzalee Wittmann
    2018-11-30 12:32

    In the Dark (A Holt Foundation Story #1) by Chris Patchell is a Kindle Scout book so I wanted to try it since I usually find good new books there. This was not one of the better books but okay. This has a mother that her daughter goes missing but no one believes her at first. They think she is a runaway. The detective that helps her she ends up in bed with in the first couple of chapters, wow, she sure is upset about her kid! The villain is revealed, on purpose (?), it is unsure or just easy to figure out. This is done early. It is just a strange story with some great parts and some not so great spots. It is a cliff hanger also and that is a pet peeve of mine.

  • Lee
    2018-11-11 14:31

    Loved it, this is my kind of book. The novel is full of suspense and I found myself going oh my god with many of the twists as I did not expect them. Great storyline and very believable characters, highly recommended.

  • Gary
    2018-12-10 06:29

    A very good suspense novel that keeps you on the edge of your set to the very end. The book is full of strong believable characters and the story is so well paced that it impels you to want to keep reading as the suspense grows.The story is about a teenage daughter who is a diabetic and relies on insulin, goes missing and her frantic Mother tries desperately to find her. Over simplified summary I know and it doesn't do it justice because there is so much more to this novel. Another new author to me and having read this book I will now sort out a copy of her debut book 'Deadly Lies' which also gets great reviews. Thank you to Net Galley and Kindle Press for supplying a copy of this novel in return for a honest review.

  • Booklover
    2018-11-13 12:20

    This is a great book. I could see it so clearly in my mind, the detail was wonderful. I could feel the desperation, pain, fear, and love that the characters were experiencing. I could smell the place that the kidnapped were held and how cold and dark it was for them, Chris Patchell made this story come alive for me. It's intense, I was so stressed while reading this, in a good way, and couldn't put it down. It seemed like there is a possibility for a second book, and I can't wait.

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    2018-12-09 12:34

    Hindsight has 20/20 vision....and Marissa has plenty of that!She has picked the wrong men, and made a lot of wrong decisions in her life. But she has done the best that she could at the time, and everything she has done, she has done to keep her girls safe, and together; to maintain the only thing that matters to her - her family.So when her daughter Brooke goes missing, she is distraught and panicked - for Brooke is diabetic and her insulin supply is still in her dorm room. But that is not the only thing that scares her - a month earlier Kim Covey went missing and still has not been found. Kim and Brooke look eerily alike.....But the police think Marissa is over-reacting, and largely ignore her, except for Seth, a scarred man with his own demons.We find out who the abductor/killer is mid-way through the book, but this in no way detracts from the read - we need to know why, and what he is planning next!This is a fast paced book with plenty of suspense. I will be looking for more from Chris Patchell.Thank you to NetGalley, Kindle Press, and author Chris Patchell for the gift of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Petra
    2018-12-12 13:29

    In The Dark chronicles in a riveting way a mother's frantic journey to find her missing teenage daughter. It is a skillfully written thriller with a hint of romantic suspense. Full of characters that seem real and have depth to them, it kept me fully immersed from start to finish. The actions scenes are described so adeptly you could see what was happening right in front of you. Although the culprit is revealed early on, the story line is not predictable at all and the chapters written from the kidnapper's point of view give a terrifying insight into his twisted mind.The ending hints at a follow-up which would be great, as I would love to read more about the Holt foundation. Thank you to the author and the publisher for providing me with a complimentary copy via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

  • Dee Arr
    2018-12-09 13:25

    I was extremely close to setting this novel down after reading the short Prologue. It was not because of the writer. I just didn’t feel ready to read another gritty story about another psychotic killer. But I kept reading anyway, and eventually reached the following passage: “Fear was addictive. Fear was power. Fear was a chalice full of tears, salty and delicious on his tongue. And once he had tasted it, there was nothing else like it in the whole world.” I checked, and discovered I was 45% of the way into the book, and thoroughly hooked. Here’s why, without spoilers:CHARACTERS – Author Chris Patchell credited her editor for challenging her to “…dig deeper into each of my characters…” and I have no doubt she took his advice. Many thrillers focus mostly on the action, continually pumping energy into the story. Ms. Patchell takes us into the dark spots of their souls, revealing the good and the bad along with their interpretations of what they view as positive and negative. It is the characterizations that spelled out their motivations rather than periodic explanatory dialogue. Very refreshing, and a five-star component of this book.WRITING – Ms. Patchell performs admirably, keeping all her characters separate as we travel through their separate struggles within their own minds. Dialogue is normal and believable, a good patter that serves to propel the story. While the portrayal of a deranged killer moved a bit faster than normal, the events provided a justification for the actions and reactions of the character. The author nicely misleads the readers a few times with the apparent action leading from one chapter to the next. (Rather than give away what the author actually did, think of the movie “Silence of the Lambs” when we think Clarice is someplace else when she is actually ringing the doorbell at the killer’s house. It’s a scary moment when we realize the truth). JUST SO YOU KNOW – There are vulgarities throughout. Much of it is confined to the “villains,” although the good people also have their moments. There is one descriptive sex scene, written in a tasteful manner. STORY – The author weaves various subplots throughout the story, tying each neatly together so that everything makes sense. Whenever I felt she had crafted an unbelievable event, Ms. Patchell smoothly provided a cohesive explanation that kept the tale from falling apart. There is a love interest that develops between a detective and Marissa, a mother whose daughter has been kidnapped. People in desperate situations reach out for other people, and because this situation was handled delicately, I found the subplot believable.What I did question were some of the fantastic elements used in the climax. Events continued to happen that caused my disbelief to rear its ugly head. If this had been a movie, I would probably have groaned a few times while still enjoying the film’s action. After reading all the way through a great book, it was a bit of a letdown.OVERALL – Even with the road bumps at the end, the book is excellently written, an entertaining mixture of plot and characterizations. The last third of the book races to the climax, moving faster with each page. If you enjoy thrillers, this one is highly recommended. Four-and-a-half stars.

  • Nancy Bilyeau
    2018-12-10 14:35

    Engrossing SuspenseI found this an outstanding thriller. It is reminiscent of Lisa Gardner's fiction in the high stakes of the story and the emotional darkness explored. The main characters are complex and nuanced. This is much more affecting because the mother and the missing girl come across as fully realized, three dimensional human beings. Excellent writing.

  • Linda Strong
    2018-11-25 06:17

    I voted for this book at Kindle Scout and was tickled pink when I got notified that it had been chosen for publication. But before receiving the email, I noticed that it was also listed on NetGalley and I was approved to read and review. Short blurb: Marissa's college age daughter is abducted. But local cops think she's a runaway. Mom knows better ... her daughter is diabetic and has left all her insulin behind. But mom is tenacious and stubborn and refuses to let the police put this on a back burner. Along with Detective Seth Crawford, she swears to move heaven and hell to find her daughter before it's too late. Marissa is such a strong character. She's got a history of three ex-husbands, but she's managed to put herself through school, raise two daughters basically on her own, and now she has to withstand the terror of not knowing where her daughter is. Seth is another really strong character with a history. He carries scars from a fire in which he was unable to save his wife. The plot is tightly woven and managed to draw me in and keep me locked in from the very first. Even the secondary characters came to life in a big way. I found myself turning pages faster and faster the more I read. The ending was absolutely breath-taking.I gave it 5 stars .... this was one of the best I've read this year... an author worth following!My thanks to Kindle Press / NetGalley / Kindle Scout for furnishing a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

  • Lynn Mccarthy
    2018-11-13 14:13

    This book was a real page turner.Marissa is a mom and has 2 daughters one who is insulin dependant her names brooke but one night Brooke goes missing she only has 1 pen of insulin on her the rest was left in her dorm room.Marissa knows she must find her daughter time is ticking how long can brooke last without her insulin?I hope this is a start to a series wouldn't that be good.Thank you to the publishers the Author and Netgalley for a chance to read this book.

  • Karen
    2018-11-21 06:19

    Review copy provided via NetGallery in exchange for an honest reviewSummary: In The DarkMarissa 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…Review:I’ve always been a huge fan of mysteries/thrillers and this book didn’t fail me. This is one of those books, which grab you, and you can’t let go until you’ve finished it. I started if first, think yesterday morning and went to be hours later than I normally do, so I could finish the book. From the very first chapter you’re sitting on the edge of your seat wondering will Brooke be found before it’s too late. You connect with each of the characters as well as with the plot. You feel all the emotions as if they were your own. For me, it brought me back home, as I grew up in Seattle and loved to float down the Tolt River, and camp in Carnation. This story has made me home sick I’ve not been back in close to thirty years, but it all came so alive to me. Thank you for bring these places so alive it made me felt like I was back home.Every time I read I’m always on the lookout for grammatical and punctuation errors, as over the past 8 years I’ve read many books, which have so many errors in them; it makes it hard to read the book and not over look the errors. This book is well edited; the plot flow is seamless, and the characters are well developed.Conclusion:Would I recommend this book to others? YESWould I read other books from this Author? YESIf this a novella or novel? Novel nice lengthIs this book price correctly? Yes the listed price feels about right for this book and I would be glad to pay that price for the quality of book this is.

  • Mike Dixon
    2018-11-23 10:24

    It’s every parent’s nightmare. Children grow up so quickly and their bodies mature much faster than their minds. A new and exciting world beckons and some are ill-prepared for its dangers. Nineteen-year-old Brooke was attracted by the bright lights and excitement of Seattle’s nightclub scene … and vanished. The frail college student failed to return to her lodgings. To make matters worse, she didn’t have the vital supplies of insulin needed to keep her alive. Deeply shocked, her mother, Marissa, reported her daughter’s disappearance to the police.Like police all over the world, they were inundated by reports of missing persons. They pointed out that Brooke was a college student and not tied down by curfews. Marissa refused to take their assurances seriously. Media reports indicated that a serial abductor was at work. She wasn’t going to wait for the police to act. Marissa plunged into the glitzy world her daughter had entered and mounted an investigation of her own.I was seized by Chris Patchell’s compelling style. I’m not a fan of prologues in mystery thrillers. Hers set the scene to perfection. Right from the start, we knew that something appallingly sinister was underway. What remained was to read on and discover just how evil it would be. Patchell has a range of styles. She is poetic when the need arises. Violent when the rhythm changes. Her words flow to suit the scene and you are left wondering what will come next.This review was undertaken for ReadersFavorite (https://readersfavorite.com).

  • Susan
    2018-12-03 14:18

    A bad Chick ThrillerIt started out good then 60% into the book it failed. I do not want to give the story away, but really? Your daughter is missing and you fall in love with the detective on the case. Then you have sex together. Come on! If my child was missing, I could not get up off the floor never mind falling in love. Then the best part, she is writing clues down to help with the investigation and she is annoyed because her daughter is missing and she wasting her time writing down clues. That's what she should be doing. But she has time for sex. Stupid women.There really wasn't any mystery or a thriller. You knew who done it and why right from the beginning. Everything really was unbelievable. I can't believe the good reviews. It was basically a hokey Lifetime movie. Just glad I did not pay a lot for the book. Waste of time.

  • Skye Skye
    2018-12-07 08:13

    A town in Washington State-- cold, damp, dreary with many sinister secrets: A missing girl. Two serial killers on the loose, an emotionally drained mother struggling with work, money, and frightening memories when suddenly her eldest daughter disappears. A labyrinth of suspense and psychological deviants, this book is a roller coaster ride for those who love thrillers. The book is character driven, well written, nicely developed with many perspectives in point of view, including those of both maniacs. However, I do believe many scenes and happenstances are contrived and extremely far-fetched, certain characters are detestable, but nevertheless, this is a hard, fast read interspersed with some romantic themes and moments.

  • Lynn
    2018-12-11 13:22

    I would like to thank NetGalley, Kindle Press, and Chris Patchell for an advanced copy of In the Dark for an honest review.A missing diabetic college student. A Mother who will stop at nothing to find and save her child. In the Dark takes us on the roller coaster ride of a Mother's love and devotion to save her daughter from the evil that has dared to enter their lives. A great suspense novel that keeps you turning the pages. I definitely recommend In the Dark by Chris Patchell another author I look forward to reading more from.

  • Kristine Hall
    2018-12-03 06:13

    In the Dark, (A Holt Foundation Story), the first book in the series by Chris Patchell, is an exciting and engaging story to read with your ears. The premise of the primary mystery, though not entirely unique, has more than a few spins on it that make it a stand-out story. For the audio book, listeners are treated to a dual narration team to add authenticity to the characters’ genders. Both Lisa Stathoplos and Corey Gagne have even deliveries and do well with projecting a wide range of emotions. It’s a good thing, too, as there are A LOT of characters to keep up with, which is always a little harder with an audio book than reading print. But the teenagers sounded annoyingly teenager-ish, jerks sounded jerky, and creepy males sounded creepy. The distinct voices created by the narrators helped a lot. There is significant character and world building in the first half, as readers are introduced to the key players who will likely return in the sequel(s). Surprisingly, the bad guy is revealed fairly early on; however, once readers learn the identity of the perp, there is still significant suspense and the story isn’t so much about the WHOdunit but the why – and Patchett does a great job revealing that aspect. The pace picks-up significantly in the second half of the story, and the urgency and tension are ratcheted-up a few notches. The story put me on edge, which made me uncharacteristically nervous when there was an unexpected knock on my door while listening. (I didn’t answer!) In the Dark contains gritty and disturbing scenes, with detail just short of being graphic put descriptive enough to stick with the reader. I could have done without the profanity, particularly the liberal dropping of the F-bombs across multiple characters (always a bummer when those hit and there are others in listening range). It is realistic with some, adding to the abrasiveness of their personalities, but for others it seemed unnecessary and/or odd. The author does ask for some suspension of disbelief with certain plot elements, but overall, it works, and the story ended strong enough that I want to read (or read with my ears) the next book, Dark Harvest. Happily, there is a generous sample of it at the end of In the Dark, so I kept on listening and am now fully hooked-in for book two.Thank you to Audiobookworm Promotions and the author for providing me a free audio download in exchange for my honest opinion – the only kind I give. This full review and special features on Hall Ways Blog http://bit.ly/HoltFoundationBook1

  • BookLoversLife
    2018-11-11 09:28

    When Marissa hasn't heard from her daughter for a few days, she starts to worry. This isn't like Brooke at all!! When she still can't get through to her and hears from her best friend, who hasn't seen her either, she goes to the police. The police aren't in a rush to find Brooke, but Marissa pushes them because Brooke needs insulin and she doesn't have her back up with her. If she doesn't get it soon she will die!! It's a race against time for Brooke!The plot of this was, once it got going, fast paced and thrilling. This is the first book in a series and as such, has a lot of world and character building to do, but it's done well enough here that I didn't mind it!! I enjoyed seeing Marissas back story and learning more about her. I enjoyed getting a peek into the bad guys thoughts too. Seeing Brooke going through what she was going through was tough but added extra tension to the story. Character wise, they were all well written and developed. Marissa is a great character. She has had a tough time and is just trying to make a living. As any mother would, she does everything she can to find her daughter, but it's helped when she is approached by a wealthy lady to run a new concept she has. She wants to open a foundation that will help people look for missing people, they will also help the victims of things like this. Marissa accepts and so has extra power to help her daughter. In all, this was a great read. I flew through it!! It's over 14hrs long but didn't feel like it. I am looking forward to the next one!!The duel narration was perfect! Both narrators read this extremely well, they were easy to listen to and gave a great performance. Both had plenty of tones for the different characters and I enjoyed their narration. I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

  • Christine
    2018-11-24 12:11

    This book is described as an “edge of your seat suspense novel” and it certainly lives up to it’s billing!Brooke was last seen two days ago. Her roommate thought she was at her mother’s house and her family thought she was in her dorm. When Brooke missed attending her sister’s school concert it was a sure indication that something was very wrong. She was last seen in a bar, where she went to see her high school boyfriend Jesse, who she heard was back in town. Brooke’s mom, Marissa, had never liked Jesse.The police don’t seem interested in investigating a college student who has only been off the radar for a couple of days. But Marissa knew her daughter would not just go off without letting someone know … especially without her life saving insulin.Life had never been easy for Marissa and her girls but despite her bad choices and failed relationships the one thing that was a certainty was that Marissa loved her daughters and nothing would stand in the way of her finding Brooke.I found “In the Dark” to be a well-written, extremely suspense filled book with plenty of twists, turns and red-herrings to keep me guessing right up until the point that the author wanted me to know the “who” in the “who-dun-it”. I suspected everyone until slowly, at exactly the right point, Ms. Patchell let me know who the bad guy was. But rather than slow down at that point the story picked up to an exciting ending.I would highly recommend this to any reader who enjoys a truly suspenseful read.My only two (very mild) criticisms would be that some of the descriptions the author uses were a little questionable. So much so that sometimes I had to stop and reread them to make sure I had actually read what I read. This made for a bumpy read in some sections in a book that was, in all other ways, a real page-turner. One example was a passage describing a main character, the police detective. Our character describes the scene … “The pre-dawn air smelled like car exhaust and bacon grease. A line of squad cars set the perimeter. Blue and red light flashed in the muddy gray dawn.” It just jumped out at me that “bacon grease” might not have been the best descriptor for a scene where many police officers were in attendance. It seems a bit nit-picky (and I found it humorous) but there were other instances as well. Also, although the love interest and job prospects came as no surprise and did serve to move the story along, some of Marissa’s actions had me questioning whether this would be the way a mother would react if her daughter was missing. Small things that should not stop anyone from picking up this book.All in all a good read and I’m giving it 3 ½ stars … I liked it … and I definitely plan on picking up Ms. Patchell’s other book, “Deadly Lies”.I received this ebook at no charge in exchange for an honest review. I would also like to apologize to the author and Bostwick Communications for taking so long with my review. The ebook got a little lost on my Kindle.

  • Neena Christianson Martin
    2018-11-27 12:31

    He seemed so nice.Talk about wrenching your emotions and heartstrings into a knot. I don't think there's a single emotion that this author didn't make me feel. She took ordinary people, put them into extraordinary circumstances, and turned some into heroes, and delved into the mind of her sociopath. Two thumbs up.

  • Lynda Dickson
    2018-12-11 06:27

    When her diabetic daughter Brooke goes missing, Marissa knows that it is critical to find her as soon as possible. While the police don't take her concerns seriously, Marissa receives help from an unexpected source. Brooke is being kept in the dark, both literally and figuratively, but with a growing pool of likely suspects, will Detective Seth Crawford find her in time?The book begins with a chilling scene featuring our anonymous villain. The ensuing short chapters are told from at least six different points-of-view. We are introduced to a lot of characters, and we have to piece together how their stories intersect. I could see the plot going in several different directions, but the suspense is lost once the kidnapper's identity is revealed to the reader; I would have preferred the villain to remain anonymous for a bit longer.There are a couple of minor editing errors, an overuse of similes, too much lip pursing, the annoying use of full names anytime anyone is introduced, and way too many coincidences. And it seems that Jesse Morgan is the only bartender in Seattle. Nevertheless, the action is non-stop, especially towards the end and, because our villain is so unpredictable, you never know what will happen next. The pace alone will keep you reading.Warnings: coarse language, sexual references, sex scene, graphic violence.3.5 StarsI received this book in return for an honest review.Full blog post: https://booksdirectonline.blogspot.co...

  • Susan Swiderski
    2018-11-17 11:34

    What did I think? I think the author's debut novel "Deadly Lies" was absolutely terrific, and this, her second book, is even better. The story? Kim is already classified as a missing person when the story opens, and she's being held by a psychopath. Now, Brooke, another college student, is gone. To make a bad situation worse, Brooke is a diabetic, a diabetic whose vials of insulin are still sitting in her dorm room, so finding her as soon as possible is a matter of life and death. But when Brooke's mother Marissa goes to the police, they don't initially share her sense of urgency. They've seen this kind of reckless disappearing act behavior from college students many times before, so they see no reason to overreact. But they're wrong, and Marissa knows it. And she knows her daughter is in danger.Wherever she is. Whoever has her. She is in danger, and the clock is ticking. Once the investigation kicks into high gear, the mutilated bodies start appearing. Will one of them be Kim? Or Brooke? Who else? And why? Will Marissa and her other daughter become targets, too? This is a very well-written thriller, but don't take my word for it. Read it yourself. You'll be glad you did.Many thanks go to the author for allowing me to read "In the Dark" prior to its publication. Now, that I've shed some light on it, you aren't in the dark about what a terrific book it is, and I hope you're prepared to snag yourself a copy as soon as it's available.

  • Jackie Roche
    2018-11-12 11:15

    I would like to thank NetGalley, the publishers and Chris Patchell for allowing me to read this book in return for an honest and open review.What an amazing book! It was a real page-turner and once I'd started reading it, I resented any interruption..The storyline is every mother's nightmare. Brooke, Marissa's daughter, goes missing. It's a race against time to find her as she's an insulin-dependent diabetic.The characters were well-developed and full of depth making them, except one, very easy to care about and become attached to.The action scenes were extremely detailed, making it easy to imagine them happening. There were times I was actually holding my breath wondering what was going to happen next.I could see this book as the start of a new series. I would certainly enjoy learning more about Marissa and her family.If you are looking for a great plot and edge-of-your seat, nail-biting suspense, "In The Dark" is definitely the book for you.

  • Kate Bigel
    2018-11-22 14:18

    I used to love the psycho killer tale but i tired of them and I generally avoid them. But this story really sucked me fast and got me turning pages. The characters and the drama are engrossing. Yes its a crime thriller but i think the compelling aspects are the relationships of the mother and her daughters. Marissa Rooney has failed lovers and work challenges and is a young working mother. She is such a detailed and beautifully written character that i forgot about the whole psycho killer thing going on. I read it with my Kindle Unlimited membership - I am kind of getting hooked!

  • J.E.
    2018-11-18 08:33

    Suspenseful. Lots of action and a large amount of gore. I did want to know how the plot would unwind, but there were a fair amount of questions raised...how long could a diabetic actually survive in the conditions presented? Can a cop just walk off the job? Would a widower take a chance on a thrice-divorced woman no matter how attractive? The psycho killer seemed to have plans for the women but that was never fully addressed. I'm always torn with these ratings things as one person's favorite is another's average read. Give it a try.

  • Pat
    2018-11-20 06:10

    3.75.stars. A very readable book - missing girls, two deranged baddies and a dreadful sense of foreboding. This book started out with some tension which just ratcheted up and up until you couldn't turn the pages fast enough. My only negatives are a protagonist who constantly doubts herself (a pet hate of mine) and a bit of repetition, but otherwise a very solid thriller that ticks most of my boxes.

  • Tanya Searle
    2018-11-27 12:32

    Firstly I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a free kindle copy. I was expecting a thriller but instead was given a predictable and mediocre story. It reminded me of a movie that is expected to be big at the box office but goes straight to tele-movie. I skimmed through a lot of it looking for the main parts that would link the story together. Overall, I was bored bad couldn't wait to move on.

  • Stella
    2018-11-16 10:39

    Realistic....Couldn't put the book down...made me cry.....loved the characters..I can relate to Marissa....her strength...her love for her children...and how she would do whatever was needed to save her children

  • Valerie Sparkle
    2018-12-05 08:39

    I received an advance release copy of this title from Netgalley for an honest review.This was a great read. As a diabetic myself I found this story to be pretty terrifying. I loved the characters and the story kept me hooked until the very end. I highly recommend it.