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The Darkness Gathers (Lydia Strong #2)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  632 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
Following up Angel Fire, Lisa Miscione's gritty acclaimed debut featuring reclusive true crime writer Lydia Strong, this second novel ratchets up the suspense and the stakes. Fresh from a book tour promoting her account of her last case, Lydia receives an anonymous cry for help in her fan mail—a tape of a missing young girl's desperate message on an answering machine. The ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Broadway Books (first published April 5th 2003)
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Laura Garner
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Someone's editor needs a spanking. This is an okay thriller about a serious subject -- I think, but the writing itself detracts from plot and character. I've enjoyed other books by Miscione/Unger so I was surprised at the inconsistencies (within two sentences one character goes from being described as "unemotional" to "dramatic," with zero transition or justification). But the worst aspect of the book is detailed description of what every character is wearing on any given day, including the bran ...more
Alison Brazil
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my review of Angel Fire, the first book in this series, I said it was good but hard to get into in the beginning. Not the case for this book. The story was much better and grabs you a lot sooner than Angel Fire did. In this novel, I'm recalling how much I enjoyed the later books Lisa wrote under her married name, Lisa Unger. I'm now on to the third in this series. If you like suspense/thriller novels, you should give these books a shot.
Lucy Takeda
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I ended up reading Book 4 in this series, then going back to the start. I read and watch numerous series about psychopaths. Since I was physically assaulted myself, I have rather severe reactions to novels about such situations.
Keeping that in mind, I found several scenes in this novel disturbing and hateful. The plot line is complicated, and there are frequent twists. One of the overriding messages is,
"Don't trust anyone."
A beautiful teenager with a wealthy, powerful stepfather disappears. The
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
The Lydia Strong series gets darker and even more suspenseful in this second novel. This one was very suspenseful and violent with a smart plot and further development of the already complex characters. I loved this book so much, I can't wait to read the third and final ones. If you love Lisa Unger, you must read this series.
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it
More like 3,5*
Trevor Ledet
Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Good but not captivating. Over coming impossible odds.
Matt Schiariti
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a pretty solid follow up to Angel Fire and I was actually surprised to find that the book was definitely more than what it seemed in the beginning by the time I finished it up.

Trouble finds Lydia Strong once again. An anonymous envelope containing a disturbing recording leads Lydia and her now boyfriend/partner Jeffry Mark on a dark journey. What seems to be a standard missing persons case is anything but as the story progresses.

I liked the progression of Lydia and Jeffery's characters a
Mar 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
This is only the second in a series (I haven't read the first.) so maybe things will get better but I thought this was fairly weak. The main character is pretty all over the place: She's a kick-ass, brook no nonsense kind of gal in one paragraph and the next she's wondering if maybe she hasn't gone too far and put herself and her lover in danger, usually as they're being led away by bad guys for the umpteenth time. Conflicted heroes and heroines are par for the course, of course (see what I did ...more
Mar 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, tt4-horus
The tension and pace of this second book was much better than the first and it is clear how the author has improved. The whole huge plot, involving the ultra-wealthy, Albanian mafia, snuff films and human trafficking was really good and very interesting. But I don't know what it is, I just don't like Lydia. I don't like her personality and I don't like her attitude. To me she feels like she has a superior arrogance which gives her the right to do whatever she wants. I understand that she was a v ...more
Diane Dachota
Aug 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Second in the Lydia Strong series, this book features Lydia receiving a mysterious message regarding a missing girl named Tatiana Quinn. Through the investigation of Lydia and her partner Jeffrey Marks, they discover a plot regarding mysterious men who 'rule the world", Albanian mafia types and human trafficking. I've said this before in other Lydia Strong books; I love the character and her romance with Jeffrey, but he mysteries themselves are contrived and not that interesting. This was not as ...more
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
Entertaining enough but full of cliches. A group of powerful men pull everyone's strings behind the scenes, oh and they all happen to have deviant sexual appetites - that sort of thing. The band of heroes wades in to protect the innocent. Some elements of the plot were too obvious or unbelievable or both.
Victoria Kator
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great mystery! I love the characters of Lydia and Jeffrey and so this book continues their story while figuring out another mystery. It is pretty rough/intense in a couple areas with graphic details but it make you feel more for the characters.etc. Oh and I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but we see more of Jed's character-eeek!! I am looking forward to reading the third installment!
Apr 16, 2012 rated it liked it
I read several books by Lisa Unger and enjoy her as an author of thrillers. This book was written under her original name of Lisa Miscione. It is Book 2 in a series about true-crime writer Lydia Strong. She is trying to find and protect a young girl. In the process, she is confronted with an old adversary. I intend to read the other books in this series.
Sep 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, even though the subject matter was evil, and disgusting. The book was suspenseful, a page turner, just like you expect from this author. This is one of the Lydia Strong novels, just like there are the Ridley Jones novels, Lydia Strong has a few of her own.I think there are 4 of them. They were written by Lisa Miscione (aka Lisa Unger). I am so glad I found them!
Terry Turrell
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second novel Lisa Unger wrote. I am enjoying reading them in order that they were written. This is definitely a dark mystery, quite an story. It's interesting to watch how Jeffrey and Lydia's relationship develops, and their different styles in solving the case. Starte 8/14/12
I like this author. This suspense story is very grim, though. It's about the trade in women as sex slaves and snuff films, pornography where the victim is murdered as part of the entertainment. The female main character, a true crime writer, is very strong and the story is believable.
Aug 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like this book nearly as much as the first, but it was still really good. I really liked the progression of Lydia and Jeffery's relationship. I can't wait for the next one, hopefully it will be even better than Angel Fire.
Jul 05, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Tries a little too hard to be edgy. There's something majorly wrong when I get to the end of a book and all I'm thinking of is that hacking the IRS shouldn't be that easy, given they use magnetic tape.
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am so glad to have found this author, i loved this book and can not wait to read more of hers!! This book had a sad storyline but it was really well written. I enjoyed it alot. I have read only a couple of this author's books so far but i look forward to many more!
Tracy Little
Mar 15, 2015 rated it liked it
This book was okay, definitely from an author clearly in the beginning of her career. As other reviewer's mentioned...where was her editor? It strikes me as a bit odd that her first book seemed much better written than her second.
Sep 19, 2014 rated it liked it
This was better than the first one, Lydia is losing some of her rough edges and showing personal growth. The material was bleak, and the plot didn't really hang together for me, but I have to read the next one due to the ending.
Ann Tonks
Apr 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa, mystery
I literally read it on a plane - so fine for that sort of time zone. Never believable but readable is my take on this book. Our heroine and her partner are too sensitive, too good, too clever, too rich to be believed. But there's enough drama in it to keep one reading.
Jan 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy the characters of Lydia and Jeff, but how many times do we have to relive their meeting and building up to their relationship...we revisit it in every book...feels pretty repetative. I love Dax and wish she would give him his own books. All in all a good book and worth the read.
Oct 08, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a fairly disturbing thriller delving into the seedy underworld of snuff films and the sex slave industry. It is fastpaced, fairly predictable but not overly so, and a decent read as far as thrillers go.
Mar 03, 2012 rated it liked it
So well written! It is unsettling how well the author describes the mind of a monster and how she makes you feel so like a pervert just by reading it.
entertaining mystery.
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another riveting Lydia Strong story. This story was even better than the first one (Angel Fire) and kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end.
Nov 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is the second Lisa Unger book I've read & I'm totally won over by her ability to create real characters and situations that make it impossible to stop turning the pages. I look forward to more.
Aug 14, 2012 rated it liked it
A crime writer and her ex-FBI boyfriend team up to investigate the disappearance of a rich teenage girl which leads them to discover the dark world of kidnapping young women to be used as sex slaves.
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
another Lydia Strong mystery...:)
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Lisa Miscione is New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger's maiden name. The four novels in the Lydia Strong series were originally published by St. Martins Minotaur, and are no longer in print.

In 2011, Random House re-released all four novels by Lisa Unger, writing as Lisa Miscione.
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“parked, dominated the rest of the street. There was an understated sign over the door that read ALBANIAN CENTER in English, below which were some words in another language, which Lydia brilliantly deduced to be Albanian. Next to the door was a bulletin board behind a glass case containing a picture of Valentina, the date and the time of the service, and a few paragraphs in Albanian. It seemed like a meager memorial for a life to Lydia, who thought, You live a hurricane of emotions, dreams, experiences, hardships; you raise children. Your life seems so important, your problems so consuming, your successes so thrilling. And in the end, your picture winds up on a bulletin board, your life reduced to a snapshot and some kind words on a piece of paper.” 0 likes
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