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Carved in Darkness

(Sabrina Vaughn #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  883 ratings  ·  134 reviews
Past horrors bleed into a present day nightmare

Fifteen years ago, a psychotic killer abducted seventeen year old Melissa Walker. For 83 days she was raped and tortured before being left for dead in a deserted church yard... But she was still alive.

Melissa begins a new life as homicide inspector, Sabrina Vaughn. With a new face and a new name, it's her job to hunt down
Paperback, 408 pages
Published May 8th 2013 by Midnight Ink (first published May 1st 2013)
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Linda Strong
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing

There are just not enough words to describe how great I thought this book was! I always approach debut books a little cautiously and in this case, I was hooked from Page 1. The excitement and suspense doesn't let up until the very end.

A psychotic killer is abducting young women, holding them hostage for days and days while raping and torturing and killing in a most horrendous way. Fifteen years earlier he had kidnapped teenager Melissa Walker and eventually left her for dead. Melissa begins a
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Nail Chewing Stars

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Melissa Walker has been kidnapped for 83 days, raped and tortured and the abductor leaves her for dead.

But she doesn't die and her abductor wants her back.

Sabrina Vaughn now looks different, she is no longer the girl she was 15 years ago.

And he will do everything he can to get his Melissa back....

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Good whodunit story. Fast paced... yes I enjoyed it very much.
3 stars read for me.

Interesting thing happened to me with this book and I remember something similar happening to me with movie before. First time I went to see From Dusk 'Till Dawn, I didn't know what's that movie about. So, the movie starts; there are two bad guys, police is after them and they are trying to get to Mexico...and then BAM! Suddenly there are vampires and bad guys are now good guys and they are trying to survive to see light of the day. Up until the middle of the movie you're
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Full blog review in progress...

Initial thoughts:

1) Damn, I love me a twisted sister! Writing style is similar to that of JT Ellison in her Taylor Jackson series.

2) Book focused on storyline which was incredible vs. heavy character development.

3) Some of the storyline could have used further explanation or tie together but not enough to detract from rating.

4) THIS is why I love Indie and debut authors. The epitome of quality writing. I can't wait to see what else comes from this author if the
By: Maegan Beaumont
Published By: Midnight Ink
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Book Blog For: GMTA

"Carved in Darkness" by Maegan Beaumont was some mystery, thriller/suspense read that was simply some good read. We find that Melissa Walker for 83 days of rape and torture has been taken by a psychotic killer. She was just seventeen year old. She is left for dead but is alive. The person that did this to Melissa was never found and she was not able to identify him
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
WOW! I don't normally read mystery thriller type books, but came across this one when I was looking for mystery books for my sister and the summary caught my attention. It was exactly what I needed after being too busy to read for the last few weeks. First page in and you are fully involved in this book! First page!! Its really, really hard to get my attention like that.

This is no long lost love story or second chance love. This deals with a woman who has been through way too much to love now
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I suffered from O.M.C (one more chapter) until I'd finished it. It was one of those books that kept me guessing the whole way through.

Seventeen year old Melissa is snatched off the street and kept for 83 days, during that time she was raped and tortured. She had her eyes sewn shut and was kept in a basement until he finally went too far, killed her and dumped her in a prayer garden.

Moving forward fifteen years and Sabrina is a police officer with a big secret. She's
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Reviewed via NetGalley

An excellently worked suspense thriller, “Carved in Darkness” is one of those can’t-put-down-until-finished novels. The reader’s hook blew me away and I never looked back-or never looked away-from the story till it ended. A killer who abducts young, blue-eyed, girls, then hides them away, and assaults and torments them unto death; the few clues are that he only strikes on October 1. His first victim, Melissa Walker, nearly
Blood Rose Books
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In her debut novel Maegan Beaumont introduces the reader to the darkness and how the darkness shapes who we are.

Melissa Walker was kidnapped 15 years ago when she was 17 years old. For 83 days she was tortured, raped and left in total darkness in order for her kidnapper to play his sick game. One day he goes too far and leave her dead in a deserted church yard, but unknown to her kidnapper against all odds she has survived. She has spent her life changing from Melissa who she perceives as weak
This book started off a little slow and I had a hard time getting the secondary characters straight. However, once I got the hang of the author's writing style and had a firm grip on who was who, the book really took off for me. The story is about a detective, Sabrina Vaughn, who years earlier was kidnapped on her birthday and held captive for 83 horrific days before he captor left her on the side of a road. The problem was, her captor believed that she was dead but she survived. After her long ...more
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May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Carved in Darkness is one of the most chilling thrillers I’ve read in a long while. Melissa Walker was kidnapped by a madman when she was barely seventeen years old. The madman kept her for several months, raping her, stabbing her, nearly killing her. One day he thinks he’s killed her, leaving her in a churchyard to die. But Melissa survived, saved by the priest, and she started her life again; changing her name and identity. Now Sabrina Vaughn, a homicide inspector, still struggles every year ...more
Jan 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book was terrible. I couldn't get past page 170. The only thing the author wrote well was the rape/torture scenes. Anything with actual plot points and story-telling was horribly done. The characters are stereotypical and flat. I felt no sympathy for anyone, not even the grandmother. The author does nothing to make the characters into "people" that you can care about. The dialogue is horribly written and the plot is unbelievable. There are also comma splices galore and other grammatical ...more
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best thrillers I've ever read. It's action-packed, psychological, and sick and demented in the best way. The cast is full of fleshed-out characters you might run into on the street and a villain so sick he'd give Hannibal Lecter nightmares. But the standout is Sabrina. She has all the elements of our favorite badass heroines. She is damaged yet strong and smart.
The writing is superb, the pace is perfect, and the mystery/thriller is top notch. You want to read this book.
Carved in Darkness was my first book by Maegan Beaumont, but it will sure not be my last. I LOVED this book. The character has been through the worst but survived. There are some graphic scenes, but it seems fitting for the story. Fantastic story. I cannot wait to read the next one in this series. Great debut! 5 stars
Bookworm LLC
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cindy-bookshelf
This is a GREAT book! Maegan is a fantastic writer. She keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end. A must read!!
Fifteen years ago, a psychotic killer abducted seventeen-year-old Melissa Walker. For 83 days she was raped, tortured, and then left for dead in a deserted churchyard . . . but she was still alive.
Melissa begins a new life as homicide inspector Sabrina Vaughn. With a new face and a new name, it’s her job to hunt down murderers—a job she does very well.
But when Michael O’
Les Edgerton
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you read but one book this coming year, make it this one! Maegan Beaumont has crafted a superb thriller, with a protagonist that I keep fantasizing meets Jack Reacher and they have a love child... I was fortunate to be able to read this book in mss form and have already pre-ordered my paperback copy and can't wait to read it again. Long after you put it down, this story will resonate with you and it will be one of those rare novels you'll read again and again.

Just... superb!
May 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
I liked the premise of a girl abused and tortured as a child, confronting and dealing with her serial killer rapist 15 years on.

However it didn't work for me as a thriller. I didn't find myself caring enough about the main characters and I became frustrated at the abrupt ending. I think the first part of the book works better, with the gory scenes and Melissa's psychological fears. Shame that it failed to deliver.

A below average read! Don't bother with it.
Rae Anderson
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have read thrillers in the past and have not received this much satisfaction in a long time. This book is descriptive and imaginative drawing the reader into the twisted tale. All the while as you tingle with anticipation you are cheering for the heroine to bring her violator to justice. I enjoyed every startling moment and look forward to reading more of Maegan Beaumont's work.
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy balls.

I love me some nasty serial killer drama and this was one of the best ever. I have read a lot of murder mysteries over the years and about many serial killers but the torture and disgust he put the girls through - yikes.

So glad I stumbled across this gem. Highly recommending to all my serial killer fan friends and researching the author for more.
Jamie S
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book! couldnt put it down!
Jul 09, 2013 rated it liked it
it would have been more readable if there weren't so many grammatical errors but overall it was entertaining.
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I didn't know what to expect with this book, I was going by friends reviews and thought I'd give it a try. Wow, am I ever glad I did, very good book indeed. Sabrina, aka Melissa, is the main character, who was kidnapped 15 years before. She was held captive for 83 days, raped and tortured and eventually killed, or so her captor thought. She is now SFPD Detective, with a lot of emotional baggage. Unbeknownst to Sabrina her captor has been killing women for the past 15 years. The book concentrates ...more
Pretty good mystery, even if there were flaws, unbelivable circumstances or action, they didn't jump at me screaming with annoyance;)Definetely will be reading second book.
At least I read
May 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, thriller
Before you read this review know their may be SPOILERS in it and since I don't know how to hide them be warned before reading!

I don't read a lot of mystery/thrillers. Mainly because I usually figure it all out before the end of the 2nd chapter and end up bored with the story. Although I did figure this one out it took a bit longer and had a lot of interesting twists and turns that had me second guessing myself a few times. I enjoyed the search and the journey to find this despicable mad man.
Sharon Obelenus Holland
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a fast paced thriller, once you start its hard to put down. For 83 days, Melissa is held captive in a hell that no one could survive. On the 83rd day her captor makes a mistake, this time he stabs her to hard and deep. Thinking she is dead, he deposits her body on a bench in a churchyard.

15 years later, Sabrina/Melissa is living in San Francisco. She has become a police officer, but not just any, she is part of the SWAT team and also homicide detective. She lives with her brother and
Book Chatter-Cath
I loved this book!

From start to finish I was engrossed - in fact I lay in bed from 10.30pm - 2.30am and literally did-not-move until I was done.

Carved in Darkness is a harrowing story, but also a story of redemption, growth, and justice. Author Maegan Beaumont has done an excellent job of building the tension, the fear, the mystery and intrigue, to bring forth a story of evocative realism that will have your heart pounding wildly in your chest.

I fell in love with the fully fleshed-out,
PEI Public Library Service
Aug 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Carved in Darkness by Maegan Beaumont

"Fifteen years ago, seventeen-year-old Melissa Walker was kidnapped, raped, tortured, and left for dead in a churchyard. Only two people know she survived the 83-day-long horror and began a new life as San Francisco homicide inspector Sabrina Vaughn." The synopsis is chilling, as are the activities which take place as the events of fifteen years ago intersect with Sabrina's new life. In less than a week, my mother-in-law, my husband and I have all been
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
CARVED IN DARKNESS by Maegan Beaumont is a gripping tale that grabbed me on page one and didn’t let go until the last page. The story follows Sabrina, who’s no girly-girl but a tough cop, who has a secret past. She endured 83 days of rape and torture and left for dead. The perpetrator was never found. In fact, she never saw him, because her eyes were sewn shut. She took on another identity and tried to forget. But when she discovers a man from her past knows her identity, she must begin to face ...more
Jess McDonald
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: march
I'm completely blown away by this debut novel. The fact of the matter, is that I didn't know that it was Maegan's first book until after I read it, so I gave it a better rating!

I gave it a 4.7 out of 5

I knew it was going to be dark but I had no idea how sick and twisted it truly was. It was so detail oriented, that a few parts will make you cringe. The end had a great plot twist and the way it was thrown right out of left field, made me appreciate it even more. I love being deceived! Just when
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Maegan Beaumont is the author of CARVED IN DARKNESS, the first book in the Sabrina Vaughn thriller series (Available through Midnight Ink, spring 2013). A native Phoenician, Maegan’s stories are meant to make you wonder what the guy standing in front of you in the Starbucks line has locked in his basement, and feel a strong desire to sleep with the light on. When she isn’t busy fulfilling her ...more

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