Title: In the Dark
Author: Chris Patchell
Publication: August 4, 2015
Publisher: Kindle Press
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Source: Bostick Communications
SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)
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.
**A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.**
“In the Dark” caught my attention from the very beginning. I’m a huge mystery/thriller buff and a good missing persons case is always an interesting read. Chris Patchell’s book caught my attention and I instantly dove in.
The story follows Marissa Rooney as her already tough life falls apart with her oldest daughter going missing. If that is not bad enough, her youngest is acting out, her boss doesn’t seem to understand, and her missing daughter doesn’t have her insulin and is on a ticking clock. Talk about drama! Patchell loaded the book with multiple story lines, which is something I typically dislike due to confused from jumping story lines, but this one was delivered well. We got to see the missing person’s case unfold, a little love story start up, and relationships fuse back together. Marissa was the everyday mom, barely holding it together as she tries to keep their life afloat while her daughter is missing and search for her at the same time. Marrisa’s character is one I definitely related to. A single mom wearing herself down to build a life for her children only for something else to come down and kick her back down.
Patchell’s writing style is dirty and gritty… everything a good murder/mystery needs. Her characters are raw and real with secrets seeping out of them, making the story even more interesting. Her ability to follow the main plot line, but intertwine smaller background stories makes this book even more interesting. My only complaint would be the beginning was a slow pickup. I would have been happier with a quicker flowing entry to the story, but otherwise it was great. Highly recommended for mystery lovers.