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Darkness Lurks

(Darkness #1)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,554 ratings  ·  159 reviews
Emily McPhee has struggled to overcome her father’s death...

It’s not easy, but Emily finally has the life she wants. She’s an A student at Orange University and has a comfortable home and a great circle of friends. She’s also in love with handsome Orange PD officer Seth Connors. He doesn’t seem to return her feelings, though, so she tells herself his friendship is enough.
Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published July 21st 2015 by Limiltess Publishing LLC (first published June 8th 2014)
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'Darkness Lurks' is the first book in the 'Darkness' series by J. L. Drake. I listened to the Audible edition and while the narration was good, the story failed to keep me on the edge of my seat like I would have expected. Sure, it was creepy at times, but I expected it to be far more thrilling and suspenseful than it ended up being. This is another one that fell in the "like, but not love" category for me.

The heroine, Emily McPhee, lives alone in the house she inherited following the death of h
Mar 10, 2016 rated it liked it

This is one of those books that frustrate the ever loving shit out of you because the plot is like squeezing blood from a turnip. Yet, what drops of plot you get are addictive as hell.


It reminds me of those shell games street panhandlers use to take tourists for a ride. 'Look, here's the plot.' *Puts plot under one of ten identical shells and shuffles* 'Now, where's the plot, you nitwit tourist?' An hour later... Dumbfounded tourist has lost five times what his won, but still can't seem to wal
I don't know about this one. There was something just missing here for me even though I kept turning those pages. I just had to see where this was going. The main characters were not that likable to me. The heroine was just too perfect. She had the looks, the personality and everyone just loved her. For a person on the run from a killer, she was just too naive. She didn't seem scared or upset because who goes to a log cabin in the middle of nowhere just to get away from it all with a psychotic s ...more
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was just SO good! I normally read a lot of smutty books. But this one opened my eyes to a new sort of genre! This book has it all, super sexy, mysterious, CREEEEPY, action and a total thriller! Its a must read! I was hooked from the start! I got no sleep on this book lol. Just get ready, because this story is total ride. You will love it! Enjoy!
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Writing: ★★★★★
Story: ★★★★★
Characters: ★★★★★

Overall rating: 5.0



J.L. Drake is a "new to me" author, and I absolutely LOVED her writing style, the way she told this story. I could picture everything as it happened, I could hear the character's voices, I felt like I *knew* these characters. This was a real page turner for me! Couldn't get enough!

This book was dark and creepy, intense and suspenseful and I couldn't get enough!

Emily McPhee, there were mom
Big Joe  Rossi
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Book of 2015 so far!

5 Star rating!

Love JL Drake's writing. I read her Broken series in 2 days. Saw this book, seemed darker, it is. I loved it. Hands down standing as my favorite dark genre read of year so far.

Emily has a crappy mother, a diseased father and a crush on a guy who treats her like a sister. She also, unknown to her, has a crazy, psycho stalker who has taken an unhealthy interest in her. She feels like she is being watched, she hears sounds in her house, she feels something is wrong
Kristen Ollie
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm writing this review as I'm looking over my shoulder and out my window making sure no creepy, psychotic killers are lurking behind my trees. Like seriously, I wanted to slap Emily! We all know the things you should never do when being in a horror movie, so if your life suddenly becomes one.. Well then don't do those things! And speak up for Christ sakes! Ugh, the lack of communication between her and Seth bugged me! However, I couldn't put the freaking book down and I thought I had it pinned. ...more
Reckless Readers
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*Arc provided for honest review*

I fell in love with J.L. Drake after reading her Broken Trilogy( if you haven’t read it then I highly suggest you do) So I was super excited to read this. I bothered her everyday to see how the writing was going lol. I was not disappointed! I wasn’t able to read the first version but I still loved it.
This book hand me on the edge of my seat, I couldn’t put it down. I was reading anywhere I could. I adored Emily, I felt for her and my heart broke for her. Dealing
Efrat Almog
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received ARC for an honest review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Five big and creepy Stars !!!
Ok... so this is the first time ... I get an ARC ... so clear that I was excited And after I read the broken trilogy by J.l. drake and love it so much I was so happy that I put my hands first on the new trilogy she wroth ... Darkness ... and let me just say it was amazing !!
Jimmy Lasko is a psychopath, and Emily is his greatest obsession and he is soooooo Creepy ... I swear he gives me the chills all over my body And not in a
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cliffhanger
Can't believe this is the first book I've read by this author. What the heck was I thinking lol this was a fab read. I inhaled it in a day.

Emily's life is on track. She's at university & has some great friends. She's in love with an officer called Seth. He's afraid to get too close. Emily learns quick enough that danger is following her? Who is after her? Are they working alone? What do they want?
Once I started this book I really couldn't put it down. I kept saying one more chapter. I did s

This was too YA/NA for my taste. After pages and pages of boring and mundane things happening, I just lost interest altogether in the (supposedly) suspense.
Aug 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
Do you ever read rave reviews and then read the book and wonder if everyone else had read a completely different novel to you? Because that's what I found with Darkness Lurks.

I couldn't care less about the heroine, Emily, a woman who is being stalked by an unknown and dangerous individual but still finds the time to flirt with boys, attend parties and get up on stage in a bar and sing a really cool and meaningful duet with a friend, demonstrating just how talented she is at everything and how aw
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3.75 stars
Darknes Lurks is a suspenseful psychological thriller mixed with a bit of erotic romance. I enjoyed this book which contains several entertaining characters and a very compelling storyline. Darknes Lurks is the kind of book that keeps you thinking; I was constantly trying to figure out who the bad guy was! Drake is crafty, continuously adding more and more male characters into the story, presumably to throw us off! I was frustrated and di
Lin (From Chika With Love - Blog) Cohen
I recieved an ARC for an honest review and let me tell you one thing - OMG!!!!!!!!
The perfect combination of love & suspense! :-)
I couldn't breath through all of it and waiting for book #2 is going to be a torture - Such a cliffhanger!
I'm not sure what is going on in J.L Drake's head, but whatever it is - it will be amazing!!!!
Noa Shani
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC for an honest review.
I fell in love with Drake writhing in the Broken trilogy and let me tell u something- she did it again!
This book took me on a wild roller coaster... One minute I was laughing and the next I was in shock from the unexpected events. I'd finish this book with several hours with no air to breath!

Can't wait for the next book.
BIG five stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Three Chicks
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 fantastic Stars!

Review by Jen Hagen

I think it’s safe to say that tonight when I go to bed I will be analyzing every single noise I hear and I will have checked the locks on the doors about 3 times. This story freaked me out! It is not dark, but suspenseful with a sweet friends-to-lovers romance added in. I was pulled in from the very first page. Ms. Drake made me feel like I was in every single scene. She writes with fluidity and the scene transitions are flawless, which is something that I
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing

A great book with everything one could want in a book, love, friendship, and a crazy guy after the main female character Emily. I'm onto the next book in the series. I can't wait to see what happens. It ended with the crazy guy getting Emily. Another great series to read.
Oct 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
1/5 stars
Hated the writing style. Hated the hero and heroine, story line was interesting for me to finish but to continue? Nope
Flo Grugel
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I was expecting more of a thriller, I want really into the characters, but I liked the cliffy at the end.
Lydia H
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Romantic Suspense is my top favorite genre, and let me tell you: J.L. Drake NAILED IT with this series. There’s passionate romance, action, suspense, mystery…everything necessary to keep me GLUED to my Kindle, turning the pages in dire need of more. If you’ve yet to read this genre, trust me, J.L. Drake is the author you want to start with. Darkness Lurks is a fantastic and enthralling novel you need to pick up!

“I’m so scared he’s going to take you from me.”

Anyone with a brain could tell Seth a
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
Wow & Wow! I met this Author Jodi, while standing in line at a book signing, she and her friends where discussing the book she was writing so me being me I asked her what it was about and she gave me a little info on it. It sounded great and we exchanged info, for when it came out on Amazon. Well to say the book was great was the wrong word for it, It was fuc---g fantastic I couldn't put it down. I read the sample first and then I downloaded the book (this was on Thursday night) I stayed up ...more
I Love Story Time
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, melyssa-lys
Another 5 STAR read by J.L Drake! The Broken Trilogy is one of my favorite romantic suspense series, so I couldn't wait to read this book. Now that I have, I'm sad that I've finished it. Darkness Lurks was unputdownable! It was suspenseful, intense, and suuuper creepy. There were scenes that gave me the chills and scenes where I thought my heart was going to explode out of my chest due to the anxiety I felt! The storyline was thrilling and non-stop. You will adore the heroine. Emily is feisty an ...more
Samie Sands
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is filled with tension - you'll be gripped from the very first page. The plot is dark and compelling and driven by the wide range of strong characters. Anyone will love this book, regardless of their preferred genre because it's so unique in its storyline. I have already recommended What Lurks in the Dark to all of my friends, and I urge everyone on Goodreads to read it won't be disappointed!
This is a really good start to this series. The story held me in suspense and I didn't want to put it down. I liked both the H and h. I started the 2nd book minutes after reading the first. I'm glad all the books are out, I don't generally do well with cliffhangers :D
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I truly enjoyed reading this book. It keep me on the edge of my seat. It is a must read....
Ariana *mommy's late night book-up*
Holy cow what an awesome book!!!
Review to follow!
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone needs to read this book. It was action packed and kept me going. I felt as if I was in every scene written! I don't want to add spoilers but it's a "must read"
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**copy kindly received from author for an honest review**

Super excited to read this one..looks intriguing!
Teresa Lara
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OMG This book.Crazy intense thrilling loving.Love Seth and Emily. Gimme book 2
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J.L. Drake was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada and later moved to Southern California where she lives with her husband and two children.

She released her first novel "What Lurks in the Dark" in June 2014 but after the series got picked up by a publisher it was pulled. It's now released as the Darkness Series. Her next series "Broken Trilogy" won amazon best seller with in four months of it's

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