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Publisher's Summary

The second novel in the new, gripping supernatural thriller series from international best-selling author Jodi Taylor.

From the frying pan into the fire....

Betrayed, terrified and alone, Elizabeth Cage has fled her home. With no plan and no friends, she arrives at the picturesque village of Greyston and finds herself involved in an ages-old ceremony that will end in death.

And that might be the least of her problems - the Sorensen Institute would very much like to know her whereabouts. And Michael Jones is still out there, somewhere, she hopes. No matter how far and how fast she can run, trouble will always find Elizabeth Cage.

©2018 Jodi Taylor (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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A break from reality

I enjoy Jodi Taylor's books, and have listened to all of the St. Mary's series. I am glad I started this new series. This book has little to do with reality, and I read to get away for just a bit. I like the characters and the setting a lot and I never knew where the story was going - by turns, it can be calm home life, with a bit scary, a little funny, or a lot dangerous. The only little thing that bothered me was the change in readers. It did take a while to get used to a different voice, but I finally accepted it. I do get whiny when different readers are used for a series, but that is just my preference to stay with a good thing. When there is a good reader for a character, and then it changes to someone different, it takes me out of the story for a while until I get used to the change. I did like the calmer presentation of the first reader more, and even considered buying the Kindle edition instead, but listening turned out OK. I told you I get whiny when a series changes readers.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Candace
  • denton, texas, United States
  • 11-07-18

Narrator should not have been changed!

The book was written well and the story was great. I did not care for the narrator. Elizabeth is a younger girl and I felt the new narrator aged her and she wasn't as good as Kate Scarfe.

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Gotta Read the 2nd to get the 1st

Gotta read the 2nd book to get the 1st book. If you hang in there, it may be worth it.

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Wonderful Sequel

I absolutely LOVED this book! I liked it even more than the first! Jodi Taylor’s writing is so engaging and I cannot wait for the next book in this series! Also note that while the narrator is different from the first book - I thought she did an excellent job!

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Love love love it !

Jodi Taylor never disappoints !
Highly recommend this book. And if you haven’t yet read “The Chronicles of St. Mary’s” series , you must !!

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listened to audio book - excellent as usual.

Picked right up from book one and just took off on it's own. Don't know where Ms Taylor gets her ideas, but would like a share. Julie Teal was excellent. Highly recommend this book and every other book written by Jodi Taylor.

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Narrator-sigh

Love Jodi Taylor books. But this one is the first one that I didn't care for the narrator. Nice voice but can not to different people.

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  • MJ
  • 01-08-19

Good second entry

Elizabeth Cage is growing on me because she's growing herself. I can't imagine I'll ever like her as much as Max in Jody Taylor's St. Mary's series, but she is becoming a stronger, more competent person.

I know some reviewers complained about the story going all over the place; I didn't find it so; all the events were tied together. I didn't like the narrator this time as well as the one in the first book. She's a good narrator, but does sound too old. However, I got used to her soon enough and it really didn't detract from the book.

I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

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Very disappointed.

I loved every other book Jodi Foster wrote but this was more of a horror story. It lacked humor was kind of dark and grim. I am sorry I bought it.

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Good Book but needs a Different Narrator

While I really like Julie Teal as a narrator, I agree with many others that the narrator of the first book was more suited to the young Elizabeth Cage character.
I enjoyed Dark Light but it did leave something to be desired, although I'm not quite sure what exactly it was missing. Jodi Taylor is at the top of my author list and I hope, if there is another book in the series that it captures the essence of the first one.

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  • drdapa
  • 11-09-18

Continuity error

I'm sad that i won't get to listen to the second book in this series. The first book "White Slience" read by Kate Scarfe was an intriguing story and well read. The second book might well be as good but its being read by a new narrator (Julie Teal) who approaches the character completely differently which ruins the story completely. Its not to say Julie narrates poorly, she actually performs it well. Its just that we've already committed to how the character was narrated in the first book.

Hopefully in the future this error may be corrected.

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  • Sararara
  • 10-31-18

Hyacinth Bucket

Bad in so many different ways. The new narrator adds further confusion to how old the dowdy Mrs Cage is supposed to be but my guess is about 60, with a desire to seem younger.
She’s still residing in a weird world where you have a Colonel living next door, a ‘booze cruise’ is unfamiliar modern lingo and dressing down means wearing a pussy cat bow and tan tights. It seems to be an unintentional pastiche.
More irritating though is the incessant repetition of phrases which a good editor should’ve dealt with.
The ideas are there but the storytelling is very amateur. Too much dwelling on attractive hanging baskets and how big and strong the menfolk are, and too little coherent plot.
Not as dark as the first book (unfortunately) and more concerned with telling us how special Mrs Cage is rather than demonstrating it.
I think this story says a lot more about the author and how she sees herself than was intended.

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  • Alicia
  • 11-02-18

Odd Choice of Narrator

The book is absolutely brilliant, as I have come to expect from Jodi Taylor, but the main character, Elizabeth Cage, is a young woman (as she describes herself at one point in the book, and as I know from reading White Silence) so I found it odd that the narrator is, and sounds like, a woman in her 50’s. Julie Teal is an excellent narrator, I just found her a strange choice for this book.

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  • Matthew
  • 11-06-18

disappointing - wrong narrator

Loved the first book but this one the narrator was totally wrong, she just did not capture the essence of Elizabeth Cage at all. Kate Scarfe (narrated the first book) was much better and such a shame she did not carry on this book. Although Julie Teal is not too bad she is just the wrong voice for her and did not do justice to any of the other characters sadly.

The story itself was pretty poor, the character ibis and his sward was just not in keeping with the premise of the fist book , although the first book had moments of evil and monsters but middle earth swards etc just did not fit, poor direction.

Was really looking forward to this but sadly just lost interest and was an effort finishing it which is very rare for me, especially as I gave her first book 5 stars.

If you liked the fist book, leave it there, series is now done after this book for me, such a shame. Leave alone

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  • Talbot
  • 11-03-18

Twists and Turns

Thoroughly enjoy Jodi Taylor's knack of extending suspense and leaving the reader wondering. However, very disappointed, even if part of the mind games, that the narrator made Cage sound like an aged aunt more at home in Borsetshire.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 10-26-18

Worth the wait

I do love the way that Jodi Taylor writes, I really enjoyed the first in this series and waited eagerly for this one. I was not disappointed, the characters I loved are still around and an additional one is added to the mix. Parts of this book are a bit over the top in weirdness, but all in all it was a riveting story and very nicely written and narrated.

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  • nell
  • 10-30-18

Nice book but a bit thin and short !

Good characters needed a bit more story I thought.good new characters being introduced , hope for more substance in the next instalment.

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  • Tewin
  • 12-17-18

A bit of a willy nilly plot

I wanted to enjoy this series, but it really feels like wasted potential for the protagonist, as she is an empath able to help restless spirits with her strong personality, but she seems to sit around until things happen to her. I also feel like plot events just happen and then snap back to the status quo. Escape a death cult? Straight back home without even trying to get justice for their victims. Then she's in a fantasy world with mythical creatures? I adore The Nothing Girl by the same author, so please don't take this as blind bashing.

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  • Julie C
  • 10-27-18

A Great Story

This clever author has a hit again with Dark Light. A mix of ancient rituals, supernatural happenings and psychological warfare.
A really good listen with twists and turns which left me wondering what would happen next.

Looking forward to the third in the series

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  • Work in progress
  • 01-20-19

different narrator but just as good

I totally understand where other reviewers are coming from when they say that the new narrator sounds older than elizabeth cage should be but you get used to it, and the other characters sound ok. I actually prefer this narrator to the previous one who made elizabeth sound too wimpy. The story goes in a different direction from ' White Silence' and there are some interesting new characters. I am looking forward to book 3.