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Monday, May 20, 2019

Some Choose Darkness by Charlie Donlea


Some Choose Darkness

Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by Kensington



Goodreads synopsis:
A modern master of suspense, critically acclaimed author Charlie Donlea returns with a taut, gripping novel about the deadly secrets hiding in plain sight . . . 

The truth is easy to miss, even when it’s right in front of us. As a forensic reconstructionist, Rory Moore sheds light on cold-case homicides by piecing together crime scene details others fail to see. Cleaning out her late father’s law office a week after his burial, she receives a call that plunges her into a decades-old case come to life once more. 

In the summer of 1979, five Chicago women went missing. The predator, nicknamed The Thief, left no bodies and no clues behind—until police received a package from a mysterious woman named Angela Mitchell, whose unorthodox investigation skills appear to have led to his identity. But before police could question her, Angela disappeared. Forty years later, The Thief is about to be paroled for Angela’s murder—the only crime the DA could pin on him. As a former client of her father’s, Rory becomes reluctantly involved with the killer—though he continues to insist he didn’t murder Angela. Now he wants Rory to do what her father once promised: prove that Angela is, in fact, still alive.

As Rory begins reconstructing Angela’s last days, another killer emerges from the shadows, replicating those long-ago murders. With every startling discovery she makes, Rory becomes more deeply entangled in the enigma of Angela Mitchell—and in The Thief’s tormented mind. Drawing connections between past and present is the only way to stop the nightmare, but even Rory can’t be prepared for the full, terrifying truth that is emerging . . 

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5 Stars

This book was so intriguing. It was one fascinating revelation after another. One of my favorite books of the year. Writers are just hitting it out of the park this year with such good books.

Lots of background and flashbacks in this book. Don’t skip over these parts. They will make sense in the end. When Rory finally discovers her own connection to the case she is following, I was surprised she realize it earlier. The connection was so obvious to the outside observer. I am not going to reveal the connection but you will know it when you see it.

It is not really revealed but I wonder if this could be the beginning of a series featuring Rory and her ability to crack cold cases. There is a great cast in this. Even all the flashbacks to the past were fascinating. Perfect ingredients for a new series, if you ask me.

It was a roller coaster ride from the very beginning and the case was solved to a satisfying conclusion. There are so many books these days that aren’t fair to the reader and the ending is wrapped up in a messy way. That was totally not this book. There must have been a lot of outlining and research to make this book so compelling, structured and precise.

Highly recommended. Awesome book!


I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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