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Too Dark to Sleep

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Time to wake up…

Maggie Quinn was the top homicide detective in Chicago's Area One before she suffered a devastating loss. Now Quinn is damaged… perhaps beyond repair. Once the best detective in Chicago, she is haunted by dreams of a faceless man she could never catch. When the killer returns, Quinn agrees to serve as a consultant, but most cops in Area One tag her as a haz
Paperback, 390 pages
Published November 19th 2012 by Brayer Publishing, LLC (first published November 18th 2012)
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Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“Hell had frozen over and I was lost in its endless labyrinth.”
----Cameo Renae, an American author

Dianne Gallagher, an American first-time author, has spun a mind-blowing psychological thriller, Too Dark to Sleep that will grip your mind with fear from the very first page.

Time to wake up…

Maggie Quinn was the top homicide detective in Chicago's Area One before she suffered a devastating loss. Now Quinn is damaged… perhaps beyond repair. Once the best detective in Chicago, she is haun
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received a free download of "Too Dark to Sleep" by Dianne Gallagher through Making Connections-ARR-Thriller, in exchange for a honest review. This was such a gripping novel , I couldn't put it down. This was a psychological crime thriller at it's best.

Former Detective Maggie Quinn was called in to consult on a recent murder case, the Phillip's case. She was the top homicide detective in Chicago's Area One. But she would be looking at two previous strangulations, Cramer and Rosenberg. Maggie ha
Maggie Thom
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This story, Too Dark to Sleep, is awesome. Gritty. Real. It's a really good psychological thriller but the main character isn't your usual type. She's broken and struggling to find her way back out of a very dark place.

Maggie gets called in to help with the latest murders because they think there is a serial killer on the loose and she was one of the best homicide detectives before her life fell apart. This story is a bit dark but so engrossing. The author has woven a story that you will p
I was given a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

This story has an unlikely character in the darkness. It creeps, reaches out, smirks and giggles as it tries to overcome Maggie and drag her back down into its depths. It becomes the lead character in the psychological warfare that has become Maggie Quinn's life.

A once-brilliant detective in Chicago's Area One, Maggie succumbed to the darkness after the death of her only child and only the chase to find a serial killer mot
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
First things first: I need to mention I received this book in Goodreads giveaways.

Maggie Quinn used to be a top homicide detective in Chicago before she was completely devastated by the loss of her daughter. She tried to commit suicide unsuccessfully, now she lives on medications under supervision by a hired nurse. Still, the serial killed in on the loose, the one whose identity Maggie almost figured out when she was still with the police. Desperate for help, the police hire Maggie as an indepe
Gayle Pace
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it

Maggie Quinn has nothing left. Raised by a father who was a "troubleshooter" for the Outfit, she has an ironically solid foundation as a Violent Crimes detective for the Chicago Police. With the highest solve rate in the city, she's also the best person to unravel recent string of strangulations. But nothing prepares Maggie Quinn for the death of her only child, loss of her job and the darkness that follows.

Quinn now lives with the dark
Steve Green
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Too Dark to Sleep (3.5 out of 5 stars) is an intriguing story that immediately pulls you in, especially if you like graphic serial killer mysteries a la James Patterson. The author builds very interesting and complex characters, particularly in the flawed heroine, Maggie Quinn. Quinn is a top tier detective who is on indefinite medical leave from her department, following a family tragedy, attempted suicide, and stay in a mental hospital. She is called back to consult on a case because even in h ...more
Suspense Magazine
Aug 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ex-detective, ex-wife, and ex-psychiatric patient Maggie Quinn, is just trying to take one day at a time. A former top detective with Chicago Area One, she tragically lost her daughter at a young age and then lost her mind. Her suicide attempt with an exacto knife down both arms backfires and she survives only to be placed in a psychiatric facility for months, and now she’s out of a job.
But the job calls her back. Not as Detective Maggie Quinn; instead, she is given the job title of “Consultant.
My Book Addiction and More MBA
TOO DARK TO SLEEP by Dianne Gallagher is an exciting psychological Thriller/suspense set in Chicago. Follow Maggie Quinn,on a hair-raising journey of danger,grief,the loss of a child,loss of a job,suspense,mystery,a string of murders,and a darkness she may never overcome. In the blink of an eye she losses everything she once held dear. Once the top Chicago Violent Crimes detective now she is just trying to save off the darkness that is threatening to overtake her. But can she find a murderer bef ...more
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for a review from Goodreads, Read and Review series.

August 10th

OMG. What a thriller. Have to quit reading. This book and story will cause me to lose sleep tonight. What an awesome debut novel!!!

August 11th

Well, I finished it. What a GREAT book!!!

The story was about a great detective, Maggie Quinn, who was very well thought of, prior to the death of her five year old daughter. Then her life went downhill. She suffered from depression, tried to kill herself and
May 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had received this from the Author Dianne Gallagher as a download for my review and have to say, this was an Awesome read!!

Maggie Quinn was one of the best homicide detective for Chicago Area One before she had suffered a loss of her child and seen her life began spiraling down. Maggie wasn't handling it well and attempted to take her life and was institutionalized. For her actions, Maggie was barred from the department and her shield had been taken away. But with her expertise, Maggie was bro
Simon Jenner
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is much more than just another serial killer tale. Its strength lies in how the reader gets into the mentally unstable head of Maggie - the ex-homicide detective who recently tried to commit suicide. I could feel the dark trying to hurt her and appreciated the struggles she went through just to fake a 'normal' life never mind trying to put a murderer behind bars. I enjoyed Rayney's part, especially his sarcasm, and his relationship with Maggie helped us understand her even more. Her 'p ...more
Skye Burling-Briggs
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
***RRC received by author in exchange for an honest review***

Brilliant!! 4.5 stars. I was close to giving 5, but it just didn't quite get there for me. After being slow to get going, The ending was not what I thought it would be and seamed a little rushed.

Maggie is a well developed character. I was easily drawn to her and formed and instant connection.
A Violent Crime detective for the Chicago Police, Maggie Quinn suffers horrifically after her only child, a daughter, Erin is taken away forever
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was thoroughly unexpected! To say the least it was a dark, twisted story with a completely unforgettable heroine. Maggie Quinn is insightful, smart and totally flawed but one of the few characters in any books that I have read recently, that will haunt me long after turning the last page. The author takes you on a psychological journey that is disturbing & frightening, as you walk along with Maggie, feeling what she feels, knowing what she knows and realizing that this is a path you do ...more
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book a lot. It had a lot of intriguing turns and twists and I spent a lot of the book wondering how the main character was going to get her man...if, indeed she ever did.
I also liked the way the main character was portrayed; sympathetic but tough. And flawed. I dislike intensely perfect main characters. The way the darkness within her/around her was portrayed in a sympathetic but very effective manner and I definitely related to her.
Of course I liked the Chicago setting as well,
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of TV's Criminal Minds
Set in Chicago, Gallagher dishes the corruption about which, those of us who actually live here and care, drop our heads in shame. Maggie Quinn, fractured former detective, struggles with her inner and the outer demons which causes the reader to race to discover the finale. The description of Quinn's inner demons as well as the supposed serial killer darkly enraptured me. I did not want to leave their life stories by placing the book down. Gallagher's diction pulls the reader into Maggie's world ...more
Aug 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free to review it.
I really love mystery/thrillers. This book had a lot of detail and sometimes switched character perspective so quickly I would have to read things over again just to understand which persons perspective i was reading. Once I got used to the writing style I really enjoyed the book. The characters really drew me in and the ending left me wanting a sequel just to see how the main character moves on in life.
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It kept me up way past my bedtime for too many nights. Maggie Quinn, the main character, is a completely different type of detective than we've seen. The story line was gripping, and it had all the elements - suspense, plot, character...
I highly recommend this book for lovers of crime fiction! I'm hoping there is at least one more in the series - and soon!
VERDICT: A stunning new voice in psychological thrillers. An amazing battle of the brains you are not going to forget.

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Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book caught me off guard in a good way. I still wish we could give 6 star reviews, but since I’m sure Amazon & GR aren’t going to change their rules for me I will stick with giving this a 5 star review. :)While it wouldn’t have fallen in my “6 star category” since the underlying themes won’t be have me thinking about them months later; the sheer enjoyment and solid writing kept me riveted to the book. For that, I believe it earns its 5 stars.

Quinn, a damaged ex-cop is fighting not on
Sherry Fundin
Not only is this a story of a serial killer, but it is also a story of a woman's descent into madness after the death of her child.

Maggie had tried to commit suicide and there was no doubt in anyone's mind that she had meant business. The scars went from wrist to elbow. She entered the Darkness and could not seem to find her way back to the light.

She was approached to act as a consultant on the case she was working before she had tried to commit suicide. Two young women had been murdered, and sh
Harmony Kent
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review by Harmony Kent
14th October 2013

(I received this book free in return for an honest review)

Maggie Quinn was the top homicide detective in Chicago's Area One before she suffered a devastating loss. Now struggling to face each day, Quinn becomes obsessed with solving her last case for the department that now bars her from wearing a badge. But is she targeting the right person or is Quinn's tormented mind pushing her to ruin the life of an innocent man?

An incredibly
Kassandra Lamb
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
This psychological thriller/police procedural kept me up most of the night. Former police detective Maggie Quinn is clawing her way back to sanity after the death of her child when her former employer, the Chicago Police Department, asks her to help them find a serial killer. Partnered with an eager but inexperienced detective, she teaches him how to work a scene and gather evidence, only to have the killer slip through their fingers again and again. Meanwhile, it is a constant struggle to keep ...more
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could give this book more stars! I want to thank the author for sharing her book with me! Firstly, I think it is fair to say, that if you are someone who are easily frightened and a bit squeamish this is not the book for you!
That said, the book was expertly written! It is not often that you find an author who is capable of transporting you into a different world than your own. I experienced the anguish, pain and so many other emotions that Maggie, the hero of the story, experienced! Th
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
A fabulous read - great crime novel! It was very well written and kept my attention. Usually, a tragic but strong heroine gets to be too cliche', but this was done tastefully. Moms of young kids may have a hard time with this story, as I did, because the main character suffered a great loss before the story begins. I found some parts hard to read, but it made the book all the more exceptional. I love this author's writing style and will seek out other books from her now. The ending was unexpecte ...more
Too Dark to Sleep by Dianne Gallagher, after a slow start, was a terrific psychological thriller. Full of suspense.
Maggie Quinn is trying to stay sane after the death of her only child, a suicide attempt, a long hospital stay and a divorce, is now living at home, with a full-time nurse. She is medicated and spending her days trying to sleep and her nights awake, trying to keep the darkness at bay.
Once she was an excellent homicide detective...does she still have what it takes to catch a serial
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a page turner! It was hard to put this book down. A psychological thriller that was very emotionally intense and well crafted. This is not typically the genre that I read, but it was riveting and I was completely drawn into the story. Even after finishing the book I am still there. That is what makes a book stand out for me.
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a outstanding book,can't believe it is her first.I just loved this book,didn't want to put it down.This book was well written with great characters.Maggie was a tough as nails ex detective called into help a rookie detective catch a killer.Maggie had few friends but the ones she had were loyal. ...more
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
A different kind of story, with a few twists I didn't see coming. I raced thru the last half to see what Quinn would do. I was a little surprised it went down the way it did, but it made it even better. ...more
Kent District Library
“Too Dark To Sleep is a dark suspenseful thriller set in Chicago about former police detective Maggie Quinn. Fast-paced and interesting this is a gripping summer read.”--Kaitlin at KDL's Tyrone Township branch ...more
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Dianne has learned one big lesson. Life is never a straight line.

Starting in theatre with a BFA from the University of Minnesota, Dianne focused on performance intially, but then discovered playwriting with several of her competition-winning plays being performed at the University. A move to Los Angeles gave her the opportunity to do a little screenwriting. While working on her own spec material,


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