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Darkness, My Old Friend (Jones Cooper #2)

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New York Times bestseller, Family Circle and Washington Life Book Pick!

The bestselling author of Fragile returns to The Hollows, delivering a thriller that explores matters of faith, memory and sacrifice.

After giving up his post at The Hollows Police Department, Jones Cooper is at loose ends. He is having trouble facing a horrible event from the past, and finding a second
ebook, 384 pages
Published August 9th 2011 by Broadway Books
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
If you like to sniff other people's emotional and psychological armpits, this book will probably work for you. Me? I'm letting it go after 170 pages. Lisa's good at pit-sniffing, if that's what you're into. I was expecting a mystery/thriller like her other books.

So, imagine a small town in the Northeast where NONE of the citizens are average and mostly boring like you and me. Absolutely everyone is screwed up, hiding secrets, trying to reconcile traumas from many years ago that they've all sudd
I loved the author’s book Fragile, so was very excited to read another literary thriller from her. Unfortunately this book didn’t immediately engage me as the other had. It almost felt like it was written by someone else. As with Fragile, this book changes viewpoints but it just didn’t work for me this time. Maybe there were too many people or I had difficulty connecting with any one of them. I had the book with me at the hairdresser and she asked, “what’s it about?” and even though I’d been rea ...more
Susan Tunis
Lisa Unger’s second Hollows novel is stronger than the first

Readers first met Jones Cooper in Lisa Unger’s previous “Hollows” novel, Fragile. He was the police officer married to that novel’s protagonist, who resigned in disgrace over deeds from his past. When I reviewed Fragile, I had commented at the time that Maggie Cooper wasn’t a strong enough character to rest a novel upon. Jones, however, is.

As the novel opens, this man, still in the prime of his life, is at loose ends. He’s puttering ar
The Hollows, a rural town not far from The Big Apple, is populated by people who have lived there for generations. It's a quiet place, where the only danger comes from a patch of woods, where disused mine shafts and passages lie concealed under the ground. There's generally little drama, and folks still talk, 20 years later, about the disappearance of Marla Holt, a beautiful young wife and mother. While that event comprises the focal point of Darkness, My Old Friend, it's really a book about ab ...more
Darkness My Old Friend
Author: Lisa Unger
Reviewed by Fran Lewis

Darkness comes to many people in different ways. Some fear death and hope it will never come or overtake them quickly. Others dread going in a car, swimming in the ocean or just living life in general fearing that someone ominous or evil lurks and they are just waiting for it to come. Others like Jonas Cooper live life one second at a time hoping that nothing will take away what he already has yet leaving his position as a police offi
Darcia Helle
I like Lisa Unger's writing style, the flow of her sentences and the way she takes readers into the characters' heads, but I had problems with this book. First, I would not call this a stand-alone read. Darkness, My Old Friend is the follow-up to Fragile, which I did not read. And while many series books can be read as stand-alones, this is not one of them. The first half of the book in particular was frustrating for me because characters kept dwelling on issues and traumatic events in their pas ...more
If I could give this book no stars I would. It had way too many plotlines that didn't wrap up nicely at all. If I didn't HAVE to finish a book I would've stopped after the first chapter.
I'd give it 2.5 stars, if I could. I liked it, but at the same time, it was just okay......if that makes any sense!
David Roth
I generally review local authors who are either self published, Indie Writers or published by small imprints. The common link between them is that in most cases, you probably never heard of them. There are exceptions of course, and this is one of them.

Clearwater author Lisa Unger is a New York Times bestselling author whose books have been published in more than twenty-six countries around the world. Her newest mass market paperback is called Darkness, My Old Friend, e-ISBN 978-0-307-46519-1, 2
Luanne Ollivier
I've long been a fan of Lisa Unger. When I read and reviewed Fragile last year, I said it was my favourite of her books so far. I was thrilled to find out that her latest book - Darkness, My Old Friend - reprises the town and characters from Fragile.

Jones Cooper, a former detective in the town of The Hollows, has retired and in now keeping himself busy by pet watching for vacationing homeowners, small home repairs and the like - a far cry from his former occupation.

He is visited one day by Elois
In DARKNESS, MY OLD FRIEND, Lisa Unger brings us back to The Hollows, the suburban New York town where FRAGILE was set. Many of the characters—including Jones and Maggie Cooper and their son Rick(y)—are also part of this new story, as are some we met only briefly in FRAGILE.

I don’t often specifically recommend reading series books in order, because I find that with authors I enjoy, they write so that each of their stories can stand alone as well. This is absolutely true of both FRAGILE and DARKN
Matt Schiariti
What is it about small remote towns that makes them such excellent backdrops for thrillers and mysteries? In this case it's the ability of Lisa Unger to craft fantastic stories centering around interesting and three dimensional characters.

While not really a sequel to Fragile, Darkness does follow the 'further adventures' of Jones Cooper, recently retired Hollows police detective. It features some characters that played smaller parts in Fragile, namely Eloise Montgomery, local reclusive psychic.

This book was a disappointment. I thoroughly enjoyed Fragile, which balanced domestic disappointments with a suspenseful thriller which even occasionally veered into horror territory. In Darkness, I felt that Unger focused too much on rather pedestrian domestic issues (problems with the teenage daughter, problems with the empty nest and between the empty nesters, etc.) I respect that I probably don't fit the average Unger reader's demographic and that part of her charm may well be the way she re ...more
I found the second half of this book to be much better than the first. The first half limped along, with no action, and a lot of setting the stage, back and forth between the multitude of characters and their story lines. I had read Fragile (and liked it), but I have since ready MANY books since then and could not remember the details. Even reading the reviews on Goodreads again, I couldn't pull to the front of my mind the ending of that book. I kept waiting for Unger to fill me in on the detail ...more
I recently had the pleasure of previewing an advanced copy of Darkness My Old Friend by Lisa Unger (Crown 2011). This is the first novel from Ms. Unger I have read and will not be my last. Ms. Unger has characters galore throughout the novel but cleverly weaves them together for a very exciting, although somewhat predictable ending. If one is looking for good beach reading material this will certainly qualify.

The story begins with a mother (this character is also an author of some renown) and he
Some of Lisa Unger's books are very good, others are not. This is in the latter category. There are numerous small stories that come together at the end but are confusing when she jumps around. Jones Cooper is a retired police officer getting slowly bored by house chores and helping out neighbors. When he is asked to locate a woman, he jumps at the chance. Michael Holt is a disturbed young man who has returned to the home of his deceased father to put the house up for sale. He asks the police to ...more
Great, suspenseful book. I sank into its world and didn't put it down once. It kind of reminded me of Odd Thomas with the mix of the psychic and retired cop gone "private investigator", which was a plus, definitely. The chapters indicated point-of-view switches, so it was confusing at first to remember who was who, and there were a lot of complex connections between the characters, so taking notes would be recommended unless you want to just work it out at the end. Overall, fantastic and highly ...more
aPriL does feral sometimes
It is interesting, but not special. The Hollows, the name of the town where mysteries abound, is a place of hollowed-out people. Unhappily married couples, unhappy divorced singles with damaged children, and never married but desperately pining individuals all collide, eventually, and several unsolved disappearances are finally resolved. There s a psychic, a retired cop, a psychiatrist, several messed up teens, abused wives and evil husbands, bored wives and mines. It passes the time if you wait ...more
John Marsh
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This book is a tricky one to review, because I liked it and didn't all at the same time. I really enjoyed Fragile, the story that precedes this one, and was curious to return to the characters there.

Willow was a great character, and well-developed - she was definitely the only person I could relate to in the story at all and I found myself cheering for her throughout (even when she behaved terribly toward her mother). I felt that she represented teenage girls very well - confused, deeply affect
Mara Call
I will not finish this book. Why you may ask?

Like many others have stated, it's a rambler. Night time is the only time I have to read. So if the book lulls me to sleep time and again and every time I pick it up I wonder, "who the heck is this character?" and I spend most of my time feeling confused....yeah, for me, it's not a winner.

Steve Berry has the tendency to hop back and forth between characters and scenes as in this book, but there's not so many characters with such in depth descriptions
Diane S.
Four threads tie together in this psychological susapense novel. Elois the psychic from Unger's previous novel Fragile. plays a prominent role in this one and she is a character that I find very interesting. Also Jones Cooper attempts to find a new phase in his life after leaving the police dept. and is of course embroiled in these story lines. Secrets, how the past affects the future and a young girl attmepting to come to terms with her new home and life are the main basis of this book.
I have always liked Lisa Unger's writing style. What's best about her writing? Plot style, story line does not matter, she is capable of entertaining readers with her writing style. This book was a disappointemnt when it comes to plot and ending but it kept me glued untill the end.

Novelist Bethany Graves is recovering from a bitter divorce when she decides to move back to her small Northeastern hometown, The Hollows. There, she plans to write her next book and repair her relationship with her t
Kira FlowerChild
After reading the first book in this series, Fragile, I approached this one with caution. Fragile maintained suspense and kept me reading far later into the night than I intended, but it was written from so many different points of view that at times I had to flip back a few pages to see who was "talking". Fortunately the author corrected that problem in Darkness, My Old Friend. Although it is written from multiple points of view, it was a manageable number, and there were long passages from the ...more
Inizio col dire quali aspetti di questo libro mi sono piaciuti per poi analizzare quelli negativi, a mio avviso.
Questo libro è scorrevole e si legge in modo molto semplice e veloce: non richiede grande concentrazione e attenzione, pertanto è una lettura che scivola via facilmente (per esempio sotto l’ombrellone). La scrittura è fluida con pochi intoppi e con scene che sicuramente potevano essere tagliate per rendere ulteriormente il libro più leggero. Merita soprattutto l’abilità di aver saputo
This is a book of the Hollows, and although it stands on it's own fairly well, you really need to have read the other Hollows book to get into it. The back stories of the characters aren't really explained so it would leave you a little bit out of the loop. I do like having books set in small towns where each of those dwelling are explored in different stories, but I almost wanted more new characters to be explored. The psychic obviously had a great deal more to her and that would have been inte ...more
Kaye Kelly

After an acrimonious divorce, novelist Bethany Graves, and her daughter, Willow, move back to The Hollows, Bethany’s hometown. Bethany hopes the move will put a stop to Willow’s lies and wilfulness, but after discovering she’s not her father’s biological daughter, Willow’s behaviour deteriorates. After a smart-assed remark to her favourite teacher she thinks she’s wrecked their friendship and storms out of school without permission. Cutting through the nearby forest she’s convinced she sees a ma
This was interesting, but didn't live up to its advertisements. "Darkness, My Old Friend" is supposed to be a murder mystery and there is one in it --a 20 year old missing person's/probable murder of a wife and mother, Marla--but Unger doesn't spend much time on that. It's more of a "Our Town" set up with a large cast of characters living in the rural, but recently upscale town of The Hollows: Eloise, the psychic, Bethany, the best-selling novelist and single mom, Willow, the teenager with probl ...more
Dawn Kunda
As the title states, the story is dark.
All characters have emotional issues. The story involves a cast of small town residents who apparently have little or no connection until the cold case of a supposedly missing woman is reopened. Secrets are revealed and a motive for murder is evident for more than one.
Darkness, My Old Friend starts up where Fragile leaves off, which makes this one a little more satisfying to me, having already met most of the characters and their histories. Jones, a retired detective turned casual PI, is looking into the disappearance of a young mother years ago. He gets unwanted help from Eloise, a psychic, and he ends up dealing with more disappearances than he bargained for. He's also dealing with his wife, Maggie, who is pushing him to come to terms with tragic events fro ...more
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Lisa Unger is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen novels, including her latest thrillers CRAZY LOVE YOU and IN THE BLOOD (2014 Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee for Best Book, Amazon Best Book of the Month, Indie Next Pick, Suspense Magazine and Sun Sentinel Best Books of 2014.)

Additional accolades include selections as a finalist for International Thriller Writers Best Novel Award, a
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