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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2015 Chris Patchell (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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"An edge-of-your-seat suspense novel. It scared the hell out of me. Read it with the lights on!" (Robert Dugoni, Amazon number one and New York Times best-selling author of My Sister's Grave)

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GET THIS BOOK!!

This book put me on the edge of my seat, it is really that good! This is a suspenseful and believable story with likable characters.
There are other reviews and a synopsis to fill in the storyline so I won't do that.
What I will say is that although the kidnapper/killer is revealed pretty early on in the book it the it's not the finding out who it is but how and when he will be caught and by who.
I really really enjoyed this author's writing style. You can feel the mother's angst over her missing daughter and the lead detective 's frustration and anxiety while trying to find her. The detective has a story woven through of his own. The kidnapper's life is slowly revealed. His struggle to get from the wrong side of the tracks to his acceptance into high society and what he's had to do to get there (and it ain't pretty).
The narrating duo of Lisa Stathoplos and Corey Gagne do an outstanding job narrating.
This is book one in the Holt Foundation series. The next book on my reading list is book two.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book.
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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 12-31-17

Extreme suspense!

In the Dark is the first novel in The Holt Foundation Stories series. This is a must listen audio book for those who like suspense mystery/thrillers. The publisher's summary gives far too little information, but prior reviews fill in the blanks. The Holt Foundation was started by a woman dying of lung cancer. Marissa Rooney's older college age daughter is missing when she is hired as an investigator for the Holt Foundation. Marissa is the protagonist. The antagonist is as evil as one can imagine. Narration is superb.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Thrilling.

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.

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In the dark

The author has done her research of Seattle and the surrounding cities well and is able to capture t Seattle, it's traffic, and the underlying tone of the lesser known areas . The story line is very believable

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Entertaining...

I've listened to the first two books in the Holt series. The author has talent and I think many readers will love this series. I found the narration average and perhaps would have preferred a single narrator better. Both narrators read with emotion, inflection and tone pitch variations which are required for the listen to be enjoyable in my opinion. However, I didn't feel like the story was enhanced by the narrators which led to my average rating. I would recommend listening to the books in order. I like dark, gritty plots, so believe me when I say that I classify the series on the cozier side than the dark side of things. The profanity and sex are limited. I rated the story as 4 stars because it is very wordy and could benefit from tighter writing. Some of the scenes borderline on boring and predictable which ultimately detract from what would otherwise be a suspenseful plot.

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well worth it

Great book, living in the city where this took place was great. on to the next one

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A must listen to story

This book kept me riveted from the first word. Just when you thought you knew what was going to happen......guess again. Chris Patchell tells a story like no other. The characters were brought to life with his words. Excited to listen to book #2 Dark Harvest.

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In The Dark

I read and reviewed this book a few years ago (2015! Holy cow, has it really been that long?).
I always love Listening to an audio book after I have already read it. It's kind of like watching the movie after the book. Listening to this one was GREAT! I am really looking forward to the next one in this series - Dark Harvest, which I also read a while back.

In my orig. review I said that I didn't like Melissa, the mom - I actually liked her this time around! I guess listening to it made me relate to her more. Once again I loved Brooke! And oddly though I also got to know Mrs. Holt - I didn't even remember her really from the first time I read it. So that just shows you how listening to it, even after reading it, can really make a difference. I picked up on different things.

This is such a great series, very suspenseful! But also getting to the heart of the character's personalities. Chris Patchell has become one of my go-to authors!

As for as the audio -
I thought it was very well done. I loved that there were two voices, male and female that took turns! The female voice does Melissa and Brooke while the male does the detective and the "bad guys". I thought narrators were equally very good. Having the tow voices switching back and forth certainly made it seem more real - like listening to a movie.

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Audiobookwork Promotions - Thank You!!

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The strongest enemy: Time

“In The Dark” has kept me reading and reading (sorry, “listening and listening”) until late in the night. It is a great story that combines family, romance and … kidnaping in a beautiful way. The author has a way of attracting the reader with how she builds the phrases and how each chapter is structured.

When Marissa’s daughter goes missing, she knows something is not right. As a mother, she has done so much to keep her family intact and in the process, has made some mistakes as well. But we are all human, aren’t we? She finds an ally in Seth Crawford, a man with his own issues, but willing to hear her story and investigate a possible abduction. When this becomes clear, they start a battle against a kidnaper and time. At some point, the story becomes more about the second aspect and that surprised me in a good way.

I loved Marissa’s character. She is a woman who’s been tried by life and had to make the best she could for her children. She is not perfect, she is not necessarily strong and in a fight that seems unbearable, she finds strength in Seth. She was the highlight of this book. The other characters are great as well, don’t get me wrong! Chris Patchell has a great way with words, in creating vivid descriptions, tension building and emotions. So all is well here!

The narration was not bad, even if I think the narrators could have taken more advantage of the emotions the characters had. But it was a clear reading, at the right pace. Good, but could have been a little bit better. Also, I think the romance could have been started a bit later in the book.

All in all, it was a very enjoyable audiobook that captured my attention. Can’t wait for the second book in the series J Happy Reading! Sorry, Happy Listening!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Chris Patchell. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Couldn't put it down!

Single parent Marissa Rooney finds out that her oldest daughter is missing after a Saturday night out. The police doesn't give importance to the disappearance, since Brooke is young, and it wouldn't be the first time a young girl goes missing and just comes back home a couple of days later. But Brooke is diabetic, and she has limited insulin with her. Marissa will try to do the impossible to find her daughter, and while looking for her, she discovers that there is another girl missing.

This book got me hooked from the start, I quickly got absorbed by the story and couldn't stop listening. The book is over 14 hours and it took me less than two days listening to it. The story is intriguing, well paced and with several twists that got me guessing again and again. At some point it was clear who was the abductor, but did not decrease my interest, since I really wished that person was caught in the act.

The characters were not fully developed, but they felt real, and it was easy to connect to them. The subject of abductions is something that attracts me and horrifies me at the same time. It's like the moth drawn to a flame.

I want to mention two little things that prevented me from rating this as a five-star book. First, the way Elizabeth contacts Marissa and why she hires her feels completely unrealistic. It would be nice if something like that were true, but it seems just taken out of a fairy tale. Second, the romance. What woman in her mind starts a romance just after her daughter has disappeared and could be dying? and with the detective in charge of the case, non the less. I think romance would be the furthest thing on my mind in that situation.

I really enjoyed the narration, even though I don't see the need for a dual narration. Both Lisa Stathoplos and Corey Gagne did a wonderful job, delivering a clear narration, great character's interpretations, and different voices for all the characters. I noticed a couple of audio edits on Gagne's audio, and I enjoyed Stathoplos' parts a little bit more. I think she has a very ample voice range and excellent interpretation skills.

I'm so looking forward to the next book. This is not a genre a I usually listen to, but when I find great thrillers like this one, I just can't get enough.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Chris Patchell. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful