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The Dark Room

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  2,791 ratings  ·  130 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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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 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Minette Walters is the author of three award-winning novels, which I have not read and doubt if I will now. This mystery/crime novel is entirely too ambiguous and kept me back-tracking constantly in order to keep up with the plot.
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..
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
Ashley Chua
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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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
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 3 of 5 stars  ·  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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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.
Judith Cranswick
Minette Walters is one of my long-time favourite writers and, of all her novels, The Dark Room is the one I love most. It's one of the few novels I have reread.
Jinx wakes from a coma to be told that she attempted to kill herself after being jilted which she is convinced cannot be true. The reader is sucked into her desperation to unlock her nightmares and uncover exactly what happened as she pieces together her memories. Tense, page-turning and utterly absorbing, this is a great read.
I listened to this book, and I think it might have been even better had I sight-read it. The mystery of the murder unravels as Jinx Kingsley recuperates in a private treatment center. I loved all the swirling theories and conjectures from various characters' viewpoints. The mystery itself and the solution were surprising, too. Another great psychological thriller from Walters!
Anne Schmiedeberg
Ich habe über die Jahre ein paar Romane von Minette Walters gelesen und würde "Dunkle Kammern" als den bisher interessantesten bezeichnen. Ich habe beim Lesen viel gegrübelt, was passiert sein könnte und wäre nicht auf dieses Ende gekommen, wobei natürlich sehr viel Raum für weitere Spekulationen bleibt. Völlig unpassend finde ich das Geschehen auf der letzten Seite. Möglicherweise steckt dahinter eine tiefere Ironie, was ich begrüßen würde, aber nicht so ganz erkennen kann.
Patrick Lueck
loved it... but....I dislike endings in mystery detective novels... the "who actually did it...?"

For some odd reason, Walters falls into the trap of making the "killer/perpetrator, etc." the least likely person! It is as though this type of novel wants you to exclaim: "oh !! Wow !! It was so-and-so all along!" Me.... I want to help solve the puzzle!!!!
The Dark Room is definitely NOT cozy, a psychological thriller is probably what I would call it. I have never read anything by this author, at least not that I remember. This book uses a lost memory device and the plot surrounds the victim, Jinx’s, struggle to remember the series of events that led up to her “accident”. Although there are many books with this same general plot, this is particularly well done and suspenseful. Lots of misdirection and changing view points to make this an engaging ...more
It was my first book by Minette Walters. Though the book started really well, I felt it was quite dragging. I felt it was going round and round repeating the same stuff. Towards the end I wanted to somehow finish the book. On the whole, it was just a 'ok' kind of book.
I am on the fence on this one. The main character is named Jinx, which sounds like a name for a cat, or a Bond girl to me. And I hate the phrase “shaking with laughter”. I don’t know why. I don’t mind “shaking with rage”. But these are quibbles. I think what I didn’t like was that the book is enigmatic right up to the end. I like mysteries, in part, because they get wrapped by the last chapter. What I did think was well done in the book was the portrayal of Jinx’s father, who is a major characte ...more
Jun 02, 2011 Alicyn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mature readers who enjoy mysteries
Recommended to Alicyn by: The Mystery Bookstore in Westwood
Shelves: mystery
A great psychological mystery where you can't really trust anyone. Lots of fun to read and ponder!

Be prepared for a cast of unsavory characters, and some pretty graphic sexual assault. Also, it's very British. Took me a few pages to figure out that "written off" = "totaled" for cars.

The only parts I didn't really like were the police memos, which introduced new information or summarized old news in bullet points.

I will definitely read another Minette Walters book, especially because some other
I had to read this for my english class. I know it is loved by many, but i found it to be extremely boring and slow. The main character, Jinx was really hard to get like and I sadly didn't care for any of the other characters either. Definitely not for me.
Barbara ★
I enjoyed this though I found it confusing since I listened to tape one side two before side one. I couldn't figure out why it sounded like it started in the middle...cause it did. Duh!

Other than that, I liked the twists and turns of the mystery as well as the misdirection. First I thought it was Miles and then maybe Adam and finally I even suspected Jinx. I love it when they confuse you enough that you can't figure out who done it. I really liked Jinx and Dr. Prothario. The detectives, not so m
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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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