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 they 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. But the cryptic file Rory finds in her father’s law office suggests there is more to the case, and Angela Mitchell, than what was fed to the public, the details of which have been buried for four decades.
Rory’s talents are tested as she begins reconstructing Angela’s last days. Making one startling discovery after another, Rory becomes helplessly entangled in the enigma of Angela Mitchell and what happened to her. Drawing connections between the past and present, Rory uncovers dark truths about the reclusive victim, her father, and the man called The Thief that send her down a twisting trail where things may not be as they appear. As she continues to dig, even Rory can’t be prepared for the full, terrifying truth that is emerging . . .
The story flicks between present day with Rory and back to 1979 with Angela who has growing concerns over the disappearance of young women.
I enjoyed that this wasn’t your stereo typical detective thriller. Rory is far from one for a start, but her choice of career means that she is still very much in the thick of it and even though she is taking a break, her interest is piqued enough the more she discovers about Angela and the disappearance of the women.
I really had no clue where the author was taking me with this story. Nothing is straight forward with the path we are taken down, getting darker and more sinister with each page turned. It really makes for a compelling read that will have you racing towards the end.
Some Choose Darkness is one dark and twisted read that gave me goosebumps. Will certainly be interested to see if the author intends on making this into a series or leaving it as a stand alone as I think Rory has great potential. A sinister, page turner of a read.
My thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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