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In the Dark Hearts chat room, a predator lurks amid damaged souls looking for someone to relate with. Fifteen year old Kara is certain that she's found Mr. Right and vows to meet him after one month of online chatting. Can you really know someone connected only by an internet connection? Or is love universal?

After losing the love of his life to suicide, a man becomes a tw
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Kindle Edition, 189 pages
Published June 21st 2013
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Tawnya Peltonen
Aug 08, 2013 Tawnya Peltonen rated it it was amazing
I don't really read books like this, but I'm SO glad I made an exception for Dark Hearts. This story was dark and scary real. It totally blew my mind at times, making me think "What just happened? HOW did that happen?" It was full of suspense and mystery, death and romance. The author makes you feel things you don't expect. You'll love characters even while you hate them, hate characters while sympathizing with them and pity characters while cheering them on. This book totally messed with my min ...more
Catherine Stovall
Jun 17, 2013 Catherine Stovall rated it it was amazing
I had the honor of beta reading this book and it left me with chills. Being a teenager can suck, even more so when you are mentally unstable and obsessed with death. This is a story of one disturbed young man and the gruesome affect that he has had on the lives of young, desperate girls who are only looking for someone to love.

Dark Hearts takes you on a terrible tour of the internet and a bloody cross country ride. T.R. Stoddard has out done herself. Guaranteed to make you feel a little more un
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Jason Maurer
Jun 15, 2013 Jason Maurer rated it it was amazing
I was provided with an ARC of this novel in return for an honest review, so here goes:

Yet another dark, thrilling read from Ms. Stoddard, the story revolves around the predator/prey use of the internet and what might happen when you put your trust in the anonymity of someone you meet in a chat room.
This is the reason for meeting people in public places. Things can go terribly wrong, and boy, they do in this story.

And yet, as with all of her stories, Stoddard makes you feel sympathy for the bad g
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Melanie Hilton
Aug 14, 2013 Melanie Hilton rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book..Such an easy thing to do is enter a chat room..I've done it and met someone from it but thankfully the person wasn't a nutjob !! This book has made me never want to ever enter a chat room ever ever again !! Kudos to T.R Stoddard for bringing the subject matter to light and life..This is one thrilling,chilling book and I'd recommend it to anyone xxx
Keona El
Jun 18, 2013 Keona El rated it it was amazing
This is a must read ! The plot keeps you guessing, the characters make you care, and the message hits home. I could not put this book down it made me go through an entire range of emotions. Where it may seem dark it really gives you an insight of what can/does go on. I have to give this 5 stars and a round of applause for T.R. Stoddard !! Loved it !!
Nechole
Jun 29, 2013 Nechole rated it it was amazing
This took me a couple of days to read because of work. I really didn't want to put it down because of all the twists and turns. I really love this story. I think it is amazing and people should really check it out. I can't believe everything that happened in here. I can't wait for the next installment for this series. Keep up the great work. :)
S.L. Wallace
Jul 08, 2013 S.L. Wallace rated it really liked it
Dark Hearts is a story told in two parts, one told from a suicidal 15 year-old girl's point of view and one from a twisted vigilante's point of view. Kara's story reads much like a YA romance, easy to read, both witty and disturbing. It brought forth memories of the film Thirteen (2003, with Holly Hunter). Even so, I wondered when the horror aspect would present itself. Enter Adam. His story is even darker than Kara's.

Much of Dark Hearts is told in a chat room. The characters are well rounded wi
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Joecool Review
Jul 03, 2013 Joecool Review rated it it was amazing
W.O.W. That was about all I could do after reading this book, with my mouth literally hanging open….. I liked it and I couldn’t not read it, but wow….

It’s scary to know that this is probably a very real depiction of suicidal teens and the people out there that prey on them. This book sucks you in so deeply, because let’s face it, we all want to save the kids! I was just completely blindsided by what happens, which is rare for me. I mean the whole idea of a teen meeting up with someone they met i
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Alisha Guenzel
Jun 07, 2014 Alisha Guenzel rated it it was amazing
I give T.R. Stoddard five stars for her book Dark Hearts for her eye for detail and reality in her story. From the first page she had my attention. She brings the risks involved with kids being on the internet too young and the predators that are really out there. As I read Dark Hearts I felt like I was right there with those characters feeling the same pain and feeling of being alone. And although T.R. creates a great Antagonist, I also felt bad for him for everything he brought to the story.
W.H.
Jun 28, 2013 W.H. rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC e-copy of DARK HEARTS by the author in exchange for an honest review. I also bought a copy to support the author. Thank You T.R. Stoddard!!

Wow! What a gripping and dark read. It is unfortunate that all to often in our society today, teenagers from all walks of life, are turning to the darker sides as a way of dealing with their pain.

I was capivated from the start of this story through to the end. Mysterious, suspenseful, twisted, and horrific, I had to keep flipping pages to
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Brenda Perlin
Jun 04, 2014 Brenda Perlin rated it it was amazing
"Dark Hearts" by T.R. Stoddard has an explosive storyline. It all felt so real and eery. I was sucked into the world of dark forces. It was irresistible and entertaining. I had to keep reading because I wanted to know what was ultimately going to happen. It was worth the unpredictable ride. Blown away how realistic this was. This could happen and that is the scary part. It’s like watching an auto accident. You can’t take your eyes away from the scene even if it is dark and disturbing. Dark Heart ...more
Danae Ringsby
Jun 13, 2014 Danae Ringsby rated it liked it
This wasn't my normal cup of tea, however that being said the way the book was written was good, the characters seemed believable, the flow of the book was good. I didn't like the message behind the book nor did I like the fact that there was teen suicides. Yes at the end of the book there is a website and things you can do to help friends thinking about suicides.

Adam has been a different man since his Girlfriend killed herself years ago, he is an artist who has the ability to not only make gir
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Kim Acrylic
Mar 06, 2015 Kim Acrylic rated it really liked it
A page Turner!!!

A page Turner!!!

this book I was at first very skeptical about. the way the story was mostly done in instant messaging style. but then it happened. I couldn't put it down. the book was a shocker! a huge twist of a story. I thought I had it guessed correctly about what the outcome was, boy was I wrong! a book worth reading and a good lesson to be learned by reading this story.
Faye
Jun 24, 2013 Faye rated it it was amazing
I liked "Dark Hearts" by T.R. Stoddard. The characters seemed very life like. The plot was so realistic it was scary! I just couldn't put the book down and quit reading it because I needed to know what was going to happen next. This book was a real eye opener because something like this could happen in real life. I would recommend this book but not for younger readers or for anyone who gets creeped out easily!
Alwyn
Aug 10, 2013 Alwyn rated it it was amazing
OMG this is exactly what the title says dark. but its also chilling. I was left speechless so different to any book I've ever read before. Bloody brilliant!!!!
Pamela
Jun 10, 2014 Pamela rated it liked it
This book was not what I was expecting. After reading the synopsis I had an idea of what I thought would happen, but was I wrong! The first 1/3 of the book fit along with what I thought would happen, but it then took a unexpected twist that made my whole idea crumble. The book kept me on the edge of my seat and I couldn't put it down,(although I had to when I was at school...(: ) The ending of the book was a surprise. I fully enjoyed this book and I recommend it for anyone that likes 'dark' elem ...more
Zita Martin
Aug 18, 2013 Zita Martin rated it it was amazing
Review: Oh, I so was not ready for half way through the book!
It shocked me, I was crying through the first part because I could relate so well and was moved by the words and emotions running through the first part of the book! Then bam! I could not breath for a while. I even had to reread what I read!

Then if that was not enough excitement for me. The ending threw me for another loop.
Now, Im on the edge of my seat yelling at a book that can not talk. It took another turn that I was not expectin
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Nicole
May 25, 2016 Nicole rated it it was ok
The theme of Dark Hearts was straightforward and relatable.

Throughout the story I found real problems with the flow and its plot. Though I understand the theme it focuses on, and I agree about the dangers of chat rooms, or making friends online with people you don't know, I don't feel like it was transmitted properly.

I think his reasons for doing what he does were not properly justified, I know, a killer doesn't need a reason, but what I really mean is the trigger. He did have a substantial loss
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F.J.R. Titchenell
Aug 10, 2013 F.J.R. Titchenell rated it it was amazing
The Basics:

There is an appropriately named chatroom where depressed, troubled, and generally dark hearts can gather. Some come for company and support, others for cheap attention. Then there are those with far more sinister reasons.

The Downside:

There are a few emotional shifts and decisions that are abruptly announced and underexplored, told rather than shown. It’s a short book, even with a few over-long filler chats about books and art. There’d be plenty of room to build up the characters' chan
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Nykki
Jun 18, 2014 Nykki rated it liked it
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Aug 20, 2013 Callie rated it liked it
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T.R. Stoddard is the author of her own wild imagination. Psychological thrillers and unique young adult fiction are her forte, but she hopes to one day make a contribution to each major genre. Stoddard has two novels and one short story currently in circulation, and spends her free time creating more. She lives in Orlando, Fl with her boyfriend and their rescue dog Harry PAWter.
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