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Some Choose Darkness

Narrated by: Nina Alvamar
Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (484 ratings)

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Rory Moore must unearth the truth before it's too late.

What’s the deal with the doll?
Time to confront the Thief
Who was Angela Mitchell?

  • Some Choose Darkness
  • What’s the deal with the doll?
  • Some Choose Darkness
  • Time to confront the Thief
  • Some Choose Darkness
  • Who was Angela Mitchell?

Publisher's Summary

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....

©2019 Charlie Donlea (P)2019 Recorded Books

Editor's Pick

Nothing will get in her way
"Rory Moore, compelled by her sense of justice, is swept into a grizzly, cold case murder file left behind by her late father. There are no leads and little evidence, though police at the time believed the crime was committed by a predator knick-named “the Thief.” *DUN, DUN, DUN* Narrated by Nina Alvamar, Some Choose Darkness is an unparalleled audio-adventure that takes listeners down the rabbit hole of a terrible case about five women who went missing during the summer of 1979 in Chicago. As I listened and followed along, hidden truths were uncovered and I could feel myself developing a sense of dread. Like Rory, listeners are immersed in the life and last days of one of the victims, only to come up with more questions than answers. Some Choose Darkness is un-put-downable until the very end."—Nicole R., Audible Editor

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Intense!!

The psychological thriller, Some Choose Darkness by Charlie Donlea, narrated by Nina Alvamar, is one readers and listeners everywhere will not be able to put down! I'll let you read the plot synopsis on your own, so I do not accidentally give anything away...just know that calling this gripping and suspenseful, does not do it justice. While that may be true, this fast-paced, character-driven crime mystery will keep you guessing and turning pages as if your own life depended on it. I was so involved in the storyline that I completely forgot I was listening. The descriptions are vivid and the emotions are so intense that I had to take a few breaks just to breathe. Donlea, once again, has proven himself to be a true master of crime suspense.

Nina Alvamar's performance as narrator was outstanding. Told in alternating viewpoints, she brought the storyline and characters to life, while effortlessly switching between past and present. Her soft, inviting tone and calm demeanor was the perfect balance to the dark and serious events that occurred throughout. She spoke clearly, had perfect pace and volume, and made my overall listening experience very worthwhile! Excellent work!

Without any doubt or hesitation, I give an overall 5 out of 5 stars to Some Choose Darkness by Charlie Donlea, narrated by Nina Alvamar. Like his other crime novels, Donlea does not skip a beat; his strategic planning and impressive writing skills have me wondering, still, if this is fiction or reality, as the distinguishing features of each are completely blurred. In addition, through his characters, Donlea draws attention to various forms and degrees of mental health. This added to my enjoyment, while giving me a deeper understanding of the events and motives of each character. I recommend this audiobook to those who enjoy psychological thrillers and suspenseful crime mysteries, complete with strong women leads. I wouldn't be surprised if we saw this on the big screen one day!

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. Happy listening...and don't forget to breathe!! :-)

47 of 48 people found this review helpful

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Almost Really Good

I found the story and characters interesting and the suspense was good. But could authors please stop spending the first half of their books talking about how petite/slender/physically frail the heroine is, then have her launch herself into danger and/or go up against a male psychopath without telling anyone where she’s going? Why do women have to be irrational and downright dumb? It’s insulting! It’s why I don’t read Robert Dugoni’s Tracy Crosswhite books. Do better!

23 of 24 people found this review helpful

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Truth hidden in plain sight...

Charlie Donlea has written another wonderful book. The characters are very well developed portraying unique qualities. The two female protagonists both have autism or at least portray autistic tendencies.
The story is told from both of the protagonist's points of view and in each of their time periods which are 30 years apart. It also switches to the antagonist's POV giving you a front row seat to his crimes and warped mind. Rory Moore is the present day protagonist. She's a non practicing attorney who reconstructs cold crimes. Her father was a practicing attorney who suddenly died leaving her to close up his law office. His one remaining client is scheduled for parole and he becomes her responsibility. He's a serial killer convicted of one crime. But it's unknown if he actually committed that crime which is the murder of his wife.
While doing minimal work for her client, Rory comes across information allowing he to reconstruct the other woman's life. She feels a connection to her and shares some similarities.
I found some of this book predictable but still intriguing. Some interesting twists through Rory's investigation for the truth about what happened all those years ago.
My favorite line: Some choose darkness, others are chosen by it.
Nina Alvamar does an excellent job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • 08-12-19

Clever and gripping

Intricate plot well written and well narrated. I enjoyed her first book and wondered if she could repeat the intrigue. This book definitely exceed my expectations and I look forward to the next one

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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wow

This book was my true mystery book, I normally read suspense romance books. I think I have been hooked, I will be reading anything I can read from this author, it was a great experience.

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Repetitive Repetitive Dull

Donlea has no respect for her readers. She is constantly reiterating the story so far... just so nobody gets lost. We’ve heard it already! We don’t need to know “she’s thinking” about it, we don’t need to have the story explained to us over and over again. Hey, Charlie, your readers can read! Are you just trying to fill up some space? Point in fact:
“She knew that her father had been looking for this woman”
Right, And the readers have known it for the last hundred pages. It’s been pointed out several times.
“She knew that Lane spent two years interviewing over 100 serial killers around the world.”
No Kidding??? The readers have heard about it at least three times at this point. This isn’t even in the meat of the book, so there’s no way she’s got my attention enough to just skip over this redundancy.
Take out the words “she knew” “he knew” and “(name) knew”, and you will have about 1/3 of the book missing.
Alva mar is a very good narrator, I hope to hear from her soon with other books. She was fluid and didn’t sound mimic-y when she used various voices.
I’m NEVER reading Donlea again. Her writing has so much maturing to do that I won’t be on the earth when she gets there. Too bad. Her story premise was great, ut she couldn’t tell it.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Fantastically Written!

loved this book..fast paced..could not stop listening! the ti.e lines & story lines for each character were so well developed, I feel like I was there! excellent

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Didn't like this book!

I made it all the way through to the end, but almost stopped after the first two chapters. The reason for this is that the narrator, Nina Alvamar, did a very good job, but is the wrong voice for this story. It would have helped if there had also been a male narrator, for the male voices. I liked the story, and found it suspenseful, but it could have used more character development. I'm such an avid mystery/thriller listener, that I've been spoiled by some of the amazing writers/storytellers. A good effort, but only three stars. Sorry.
Audible addict,
Santa Fe, NM

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stupid heroine finally sees the truth in a dream

the performance was fine. I just don't like books where the main character is clueless the whole story and then gets the solution handed to him or her at the end. also it was hard to follow as the story jumped back and forth between the past and the present. there was a good surprise in the middle of the book, but this one wasn't for me - although I did finish it.

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  • 06-19-19

Good story!

I liked this book a lot. I was a bit let down with the ending but it still had a fast-paced solid storyline throughout.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful