In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story
FINALLY, THE COMPLETE BLACK ROOM SAGA, ALL IN ONE VOLUME!
There are hangovers, there are bad hangovers, and then there's waking up inside someone else's head. Thirty-something bartender Charlie Wilkes is faced with this exact dilemma when he wakes to find finds himself trapped inside The Black Room; a space consisting of im ...more
And that’s exactly what happens to bartender Charlie after a night out in Coventry. He’s naked and in a very dark room. The walls are pliable and the floor has a strange quality to it: firm but not cold. Then a screen lights up throwing light into the room. He can now see a view of a bathroom and its as if he’s seeing it through the eyes of another person. Is this real? Is it a dream? Is he dead a ...more
I'm sure at one point, we've all wished we could be inside someone's head and in this book, that's exactly what happens to Charlie Wilkes. Only problem is, he doesn't know the head of the ...more
The main character, Charlie Wilkes is in the same position we are on the first page. Why are we in this Black Room, why are we taking note of a woman's body, there are so many bloody questions that begin to pop up off the bat, too.
This is one of those books that I can't really divulge much because each little nugget is something that is detrimental to the mystery of the book ...more
3.5 stars. High rating because of readability factor, but deducing a few marks for certain language phrasing that just makes me feel weird...( Can male writers please stop comparing random actions to sexual acts?), but it’s (thankfully) not that frequent.
Honestly, I didn’t see pretty much any of those twists coming, and had no idea where the plot wa ...more
It's the kind of book that when you try to explain the plot to your friends they all go "...What?" or "...I have no idea what's happening".
Absolutely brilliant. I'll be picking up The Stone Man soon, I think!
So this one. I wasn't sure what to make of it initially. I downloaded part 1 through the kindle library and when I was done, I was confused, intrigued, and nearly desperate to read the rest. So I borrowed the full version from Kindle Unlimited and devoured ...more
I attempted to get through The Stone Man but just couldn't. I stuck with this because I wanted to finish at least one book by the man before making a judgement, but what can I say? I find the writing, story, plot, characters all incredibly dull.
It's a shame really, because there's great ideas. Just poor execution.
A twist and a turn. Then you fall down a dark hole but get handed a plate of cheese when you hit the bottom. It's weird, but it's supposed to be, so it's also fun. Until it goes dark, and then, whoa.
The story is mostly about a guy who ends up inside the head of a girl. And yes, that has some unusual elements to it, but the story moves beyond that into some fascinating and dark areas (I'm not going to spoil it but you'll like it). Plus there's some romance (sweet) and stalki ...more
The story gets off to a great start and we are thrown into the intriguing scenario of a man named Charlie who wakes up trapped inside someone else's mind. The early sections are fun, as Charlie and his host Minnie try to make sense of this.
However, my interest quickly began to wane and as I reached the halfway point I was mentally bemoaning the lack of a real antagonist. Then an antagonist turned up... and there f ...more
Firstly, I am truly biased. I love this author and his writing!! Having read stone man I was simply hooked. This book worried me at first because it was much, much darker than I expected and I wasn't sure if being set in Coventry was really my thing as a Brit! But the persistence paid off and Coventry takes a back seat to the action. I have to say the characters really were well developed (and ordinary) which of course makes them more believable and ultimately more ...more
However, positive comments that I can give on the story as a whole: it's very well thought out, the narratives are compelling and Smitherd incites the reader throughout early stages of the story to make assumptions which will later be turned on th ...more
I chose this book on Bookbub, and what a good choice it was. Being a retired British guy living in Canada, I get to read a lot. I don't think that I have read a book as original as this. I have definitely never seen such an original plot. The Author must have an incredible imagination.
I would thoroughly recommend this book. I will be buying more of Luke Smitherd's books and I expect to be equally impressed. The only problem is that In The Darkness makes a lot of other books that I h ...more
Yet another quirky and exciting read from Luke Smitherd. I read In The Darkness, That's Where I'll know You back-to-back with The Stone Man. Although I awarded both novels 5 stars, I felt more emotionally engaged with the characters in the story I'm reviewing. Both novels are thrillers, both are loosely-speaking science fiction, but In the Darkness is also a compelling and passionate love story which is so offbeat that I don't know how to describe it without spoilers. As for the psychopathic, br...more
Being John Malkovich meets Inception as the filmic equivalents, this is a truly ambitious work by a writer who is not scared of working really, really hard. The result is a rich, complex, multi-layered novel that commands your full attention and a great deal of respect. That's not to say that it hasn't got its faults, which are mainly to do with a need for editing and cutting. But the novel is so deep, moving, well thought and well plotted that one would feel like a heartless bastard to ...more
A fantastic (in all senses of the word) book that I could not put down... up until end of part 3/beginning of part 4 where things take such an unexpected turn of events, with such mind-blowing revelations that I had to put the book down in order to digest it all. Although darker than I had originally expected from the cover and write-up, it was a great read.
I did not know the author before but now can not wait to read more by Luke Smitherd.
Also, I really enjoyed the "Author ...more
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