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The Dark Room

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,261 Ratings  ·  161 Reviews
The newspaper reported the case with relish. Jane (Jinx) Kingsley, fashion photographer and heiress, tried to kill herself after being unceremoniously jilted by her fiance, Leo Wallader. Leo has disappeared - together with Jinx's best friend Meg Harris. But when she wakes from her coma, Jinx can remember nothing about her alleged suicide attempt. Nevertheless, Jinx is conv ...more
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Published March 31st 1996 by Nova Audio Books (first published 1995)
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Kirsten *Dogs Welcome - People Tolerated"
This is not one of Minette Walters best books. It is a good mystery. However, it is not the caliber of psychological thriller I am used to come from this author.
Apr 22, 2015 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting psychological mystery. A woman wakes up in a hospital with amnesia and is told she tried to kill herself. Also, her friend and her fiance are dead. Did she kill them, or is she being framed? You have to be very alert reading this book, as events are presented out of sequence and times and dates of actions are important. Who is lying and who is telling the truth? It kept me guessing right up until the end. Worth the mental workout.
N.N. Light
Jun 15, 2015 N.N. Light rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the most complex thrillers I have ever read. Trust me, this is a good thing! I have been reading thrillers for over 25 years and it's one of my favorite genres. I knew nothing about this book other than what I read on the back of the paperback.

While this is over 400 pages, you don't notice the length thanks to the multiple POVs and all that is going on. I kept coming up with possible theories of "whodunnit" only to gasp aloud when it was finally revealed. I never guessed in a mil
Oct 28, 2010 Jenna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2010
Two stars for two main reasons: I found it hard to tell who was speaking, and I really hated the inclusion of newspaper articles and reports and so forth.

The very tiny bit of romance was pretty lame and completely unnecessary. It didn't add anything to the story. But the ending did surprise me, and I liked one of the minor characters (Matthew).

If I ran across another book by Minette Walters, I'd avoid it. Even if it was free. There are just too many good books out there worth reading.
Jun 01, 2014 WordPerv rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 Stars: This book was...okay... There were parts that were interesting but unfortunately so much of it feels incredibly heavy-handed. The main character, Jinx, goes from fiercely defending her father to clearly despising him. She tells off her stepmother - calls her a jealous drunk (she is, but that's sort of irrelevant) and then the next minute bails her out when she has no where else to go. She's rude, arrogant, and downright nasty to her stepbrothers but then defends them when confronted b ...more
Kimberly Hicks
Jul 04, 2013 Kimberly Hicks rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers
Recommended to Kimberly by: Goodeads
Shelves: read-on-kindle
I love a good mystery, but unfortunately, the only thing that was mystifying about this novel was why I kept reading it? This was the most long, drawn out story I've ever read.

For starters, this book had entirely too many things going on and it was really hard to get into the flow to keep up with everything. I found it difficult to get into any of the characters and the chapters were long and drawn out and didn't flow into the next chapter. This book was just not for me. I was highly disappoint
Christopher Hivner
Jinx Kingsley is found thrown from her car which has smashed head-on into a wall. It is believed that she was trying to kill herself because her fiance Leo has run off with her best friend Meg. Jinx's father Adam, a former gangster and now extremely rich and powerful businessman has Jinx admitted to a hospital where Dr. Protheroe tries to help her with her amnesia and why she doesn't believe she would try to committ suicide. Then Leo and Meg are found murdered and the police discover that Jinx's ...more
Mar 15, 2013 HyL rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a psychological thriller, where you are invited to be a] the protagonist b] the police inspector and c] the protagonist's psychiatrist. All are trying to piece together the answer to a key question: Did the protagonist (an amnesiac) kill two, perhaps three, people? As with any of the three perspectives, the information offered the reader is fragmentary. As with real life, there are numerous possible suspects besides the protagonist, and each has a reason not to be fully disclosing with w ...more
Oct 29, 2010 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2 stars. Jinx Kingsley, photographer and only daughter of millionaire Adam Kingsley, is found unconscious in the wreckage of a mysterious car accident on an abandoned airfield, and the police suspect a suicide attempt. Blood samples taken at the scene reveal an alarmingly high blood-alcohol level, and authorities discover that just one day prior to the accident, neighbors found an unconscious Jinx parked in her garage with the car engine running. Jinx learms that her fiance has run away with ...more
Mar 31, 2015 Lobstergirl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jay Cutler

If you cut out the parts where details were being rehashed, this book would be half as long. So much recapitulation. The relationship between Jinx and her doctor at the private clinic, Alan Protheroe, was irritating. The amnesiac Jinx quickly became tedious as a character. Was she supposed to arouse our sympathy, or were we supposed to believe the people who found her shifty and manipulative? Both of these personae are batted around like ping pong balls, endlessly. Also could Dr. Protheroe stop
Sridhar Babu
Dec 01, 2015 Sridhar Babu rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Minette Walters..
London, Salisbury, (England)..
Jinx aka Jane Kingsley, Adam Kingsley, Alan Protheroe, Meg Harris,Russel Landy, Leo Walladar , Simon Harris, Frank Cheever, Fraser and Maddocks ..
Genre ...


Jinx aka Jane kingsley, fashion photographer and heiress of East London crook Adam Kingsley, attempts suicide after her wedding with her fiance, Leo Wallader had been called off. Treated at Nightingale clinic,by Dr.Alan Protheroe for her physical
Jan 23, 2012 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this as much for the structure as I did for the story. The ever-shifting viewpoint, the date and time of each event appended to its section, the question as to the veracity of what any speaker is saying and the shifting motivations, as well as the slowly abating amnesia of the chief character and her own doubt as to the truth of what she is "remembering" all add to the realism of the cook, even if some of the characters are a little over the top.
Kim Greenhalgh
Is Dark Room a psychological thriller? Yes, I believe it is. So much so that after reading the last word on the last page, I'm not entirely sure the theory presented at the end is what actually happened. This story is similar to a big, slightly rotten, onion being peeled slowly. There are good bits, bad bits and each layer exposes something new and, possibly even, unexpected. This is where Ms. Walters comes in to her own. She excels at digging a level or two deeper into the rabbit hole to throw ...more
Alison C
Mar 18, 2015 Alison C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In The Dark Room, by Minette Walters, photographer Jinx Kingsley wakes up in a private hospital from a week-long coma, only to learn that about a month before the wedding, her fiance had left her for her best friend and that she, Jinx, had apparently attempted suicide, presumably in response. Jinx can't remember what actually happened, but she's quite sure that she's not upset about the behaviour of her erstwhile fiance - indeed, she's relieved - and that she's not really the sort of person who ...more
Aug 10, 2013 Brian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found The Dark Room to be akin to torture. It is a long tedious path to a somewhat sursprising ending. The destination isn't worth the journey it takes to get there. I normally enjoy Minette Walters, but this was a big failure for me. It's really difficult to get into a book when the protaganist is as exciting as watching paint dry.
Mar 09, 2015 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I kinda like a story that starts with amnesia and no idea how one ended up where they are, and since this is about a woman photographer - it sounded great. It was an okay read. I enjoyed it, but didn't love it. At times I didn't like the characters. Even in the end, I found myself questioning the results.
Jinx has a messed up family. She has apparently attempted suicide after her fiance jilted her for her best friend. Thing is, Jinx doesn't believe it. She isn't sure what happened, but feels the
Rosabelle Purnama

this is only slightly better than the scold's bridle. i read it only because it's an omnibus. this book is still boring and i will definitely cross off minette walters' books from any future readings..
Jul 18, 2014 Tasula rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book because a review of an SJ Bolton mystery likened Bolton's book to Minette Walters' books, and I had previously read The Scold's Bridle years ago. I liked this book, although I have no idea why it is titled The Dark Room. It is the story of a 30ish woman thrown from a car which hit a concrete wall- suffering from partial amnesia. In her background, a husband bludgeoned to death, a suicide attempt, an ex-gangster father, a stepmother and two degenerate half-brothers. I liked ...more
Audrey Hammer
Oh my goodness; this is a long, drawn-out story. Nothing happens except talking. I'm not exaggerating. The book starts with Jinx Kingsley in a private clinic after slamming her car into a concrete wall, which happened shortly after her fiance left her for Jinx's friend, and those two people are found dead. All this action happens before the story starts. From there, we are introduced to 30+ characters who discuss the events that have already happened. They talk to each other and to Jinx, who is ...more
Ashley Chua
Dec 01, 2014 Ashley Chua rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, mystery
I felt like this was one of her poorer novels. Alright, the writing was excellent - the dialogue easy to read and pacing comfortable - but the plot wasn't what I was looking for. I was drawn in at first, and admittedly I was well shocked when it turned out to be who it was, but I felt that it was a lazy twist.

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Apr 29, 2012 Martha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 16, 2013 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As soon as I opened the book I dimly remembered having watch the tv movie adaptation of it many years ago; luckily I couldn't recall much about the movie itself, beyond that I'd thought it was pretty good. I must have been about two-thirds or three-quarters of the way through the book before memories stirred of whodunnit, but that didn't affect my enjoyment -- or slow the rapid pace of my reading! -- much if at all, because this is one of those tales where, while the mystery aspect is excellent, ...more
Michelle Diener
Nov 18, 2012 Michelle Diener rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Dark Room is not Minette Walter's latest book. But, like all the others, it is a gripping read. Jinx wakes up to find the last two weeks have been wiped from her mind. The police tell her she tried to kill herself by driving her car at a wall because her fiance left her for her best friend. Jinx can't image she would ever try to kill herself. But she remembers something. It floats just out of reach. Her best friend begging for mercy, a big fight with her fiance. When her friend and her fianc ...more
Dec 13, 2007 Spiros rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cleverdicks
Not bad, not bad at all. Cleverly, Walters eliminates all of the McGuffins and red herrings early in the book, spends the vast majority of the narrative building an airtight case against two of the characters, and then, in the last twenty or so pages of the book, pins it on one of the more obvious red herrings whom she had disposed of in the beginning. Yes, I know other authors have done the same thing, and I should have seen it coming; when it comes to solving mystery novels, I am such a hopele ...more
May 14, 2008 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ashley by: Mary Custereri
Shelves: mystery
This is only my second Minette Walters novel, and I plan on reading whatever I can get my hands on. She writes in-depth psychological mysteries that leave you guessing until the end and then surprise you with a conclusion that you should have guessed much earlier in the novel but didn't. The Dark Room opens with a woman who has woken up inside a facility where she is told that she tried to kill herself by running her car into a cement pillar. Not only can she not remember the attempted suicide, ...more
Karen Hufman
Sep 29, 2014 Karen Hufman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! Jinx suffers a bout of amnesia after she's found flung from a car in an apparent attempted suicide. Her former fiancé who apparently jilted her for her best friend are both found murdered. The only thing that was a little annoying was the newspaper articles they peppered the story with and I only didn't like it because the font was difficult to read (it sucks getting old!). I enjoyed the way they did the story and I loved the doctor! I thought the end was a little che ...more
Kristina Carrera
Overall, it was a very interesting book. I bought it because it has no dust cover, no description, and I was looking for something interesting. I admit it did have a bit of a plot twist and kept me engaged, but I don't think I'd read work from this author again. There was a lot going on and at times it was hard to follow whos thoughts we were following or what characters were talking. I also found the romance completely unnecessary and contradictory to the storyline.
Oct 25, 2015 Janice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Good psychological thriller here.

Jinx wakes up in a hospital after what seems to be a suicide attempt on her part, and she's got amnesia. She can't remember two weeks before she woke up. She doesn't remember her best friend and her fiancé were running off together. She doesn't remember the suicide attempt, nor can she imagine she would try.

The only daughter of a self-made millionaire, she has been lucky and unlucky. Her first husband was killed by an intruder in his gallery, and now it seems th
Aug 15, 2015 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eu gostei. Foi o primeiro livro dessa autora que eu li e fiquei impressionada. Uma fotografa, jinx, comeca a historia internada en um hospital com amnesia, depois de ter batido o carro em uma tentativa de suicidio frustrada. Depois, o noivo e a amiga aparecem mortos e ela vira suspeita de assassinato. Nao eh do tipo heroina empunhando armas e invadindo lugares. A historia vai se revelando a medida que jinx recupera sua memoria.
Oct 07, 2014 Melanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading and must say I'm disappointed. The story was interesting enough, but a bit hard to follow at times. But I continued on because I wanted to know what really happened. Boy oh boy was the ending far fetched. To the point of being unbelievable. Plus, we are given just enough info to make us doubt who the killer was. And the epilogue was so long to read. Full of complicated explanations of how everything happened. If you need to explain it so much, that's not a good thing.
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Minette Walters (born 26 September 1949) is a British mystery writer. After studying at Trevelyan College, University of Durham, she began writing in 1987 with The Ice House, which was published in 1992. She followed this with The Sculptress (1993), which received the 1994 Edgar Award for Best Novel. She has been published in 35 countries and won many awards.

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