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In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story

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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,574 ratings  ·  198 reviews
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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
Kindle Edition, 285 pages
Published March 2nd 2016 by Flying Body Press (first published April 2nd 2015)
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Andrew Smith
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
There are hangovers, there are bad hangovers, and then theres waking up inside someone elses head.

And thats exactly what happens to bartender Charlie after a night out in Coventry. Hes 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 hes seeing it through the eyes of another person. Is this real? Is it a dream? Is he dead and
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I had to sum up this book with two words, they'd be interesting and bizarre . And yes, I'm aware that interesting is quite generic, a bland word that doesn't do this book any justice whatsoever, but seriously. It's so interesting. And trippy. I suppose those three words combined sum up my feelings nicely.

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
Jan 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I was familiar with Luke Smitherd through Kill Someone, which is a terrific thriller. One I enjoyed so much, I picked this one up without even reading a description. I mean, yes, it was a freebie at the time, but it still shows a considerable amount of regard for the author. Kill Someone was a freebie at one time also and it is not often that one gets to discover a genuinely good author worth following that way, so yeahSmitherd. Glad I started with Kill Someone, though, because I didnt love this ...more
Sissy Lu {Book Savvy Reviews}
This book was a trip, that's for sure. I was hooked from the first few pages and wanted to know the reason WHY right away.

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
Ric Millen
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
Luke Smitherd is an excellent writer and his books always explore interesting/original themes. I have previously been frustrated at how his stories develop/end but this one did not disappoint - it kept me gripped till the last sentence. In fact, I read it (listened to the audio-book) in two days. The book was read by Luke Smitherd and although author readings aren't always a good thing, his reading was flawless, telling the story as only it's creator could. And you won't see the plot twists ...more
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I very rarely write a review .. I'm just one of those readers that use everyone else's reviews to choose my next book.. however, this book blew me away. It had every genre within it and kept me on the edge of my seat! I highly recommend and will have you hooked within the first 5 pages! I happened to stumble upon this author and will now look at the other works he has written .
Jan 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: disappointments
I did my best in trying. Dragged this on for over 150 pages. I held on to it because the premise seemed intriguing and I kept hugging my belief that something with a measure of brilliance could be extracted out of it. Then, around that page mark, came along another unnecessary, lukewarm plot twist and that got the better of me. I'm tapped out. Too many overlong, over-the-top descriptive passages. No cohesive rhythm. Too many exclamation points. Some other reader declared Smitherd to be "the UK's ...more
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book has a really neat concept and then it goes places I never expected. I really enjoyed it!
Wayne McKirdy
Jan 16, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Here is a book written by an insane teenager. Well, it must be. No one but a teenager, sorta feeling out how far he can go would use that kind of foul language. And i don't know how a sane person could dream up such a fantasy. My thoughts after a few pages -- thats enough. But where was he going with this? I'll read a few more pages -- and ended up reading the whole thing. Toward the end I figured out where he was going -- what would be the next step -- but I was wrong. If you can take the ...more
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely brilliant. Loved everything about it. The suspense was perpetual and the story enticing. I could hardly put it down in spots. I was totally intrigued by the multiverse psychological thriller premise, the abject nature of reality, of mindfulness and what constitutes it -- the well-crafted and engaging characters facing their personal dilemmas, the setting, language and the overall enduring love story of mind, threatened only by the darkness of the protagonist's evil alter ego surfing ...more
Tishia Burgess
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Must Read

I just finished after reading until 3am and I just know starting another book will be impossible. I fear nothing more than turning back to page one will hold my interest right now! An update: I finally broke down and bought a paperback version of this so it will live forever in my library!
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Okay, so there are books where you can predict the plot, and there are books that pull the rug out from under your feet. And then there is this book.

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 its (thankfully) not that frequent.

Honestly, I didnt see pretty much any of those twists coming, and had no idea where the plot was
This is the second book of Luke Smitherd's that I have read - the first being his collection of short stories Weird. Dark., and this collection of his "Black Room" story was fantastic. Confusing, disturbing, and absolutely wild, but completely fantastic.
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!
I liked a lot of things about it. But some of it dragged and got repetitive. An interesting and unique story for sure. The first part was my favorite.
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A mind bending, well written Romcom with lol moments and 80s pop culture references. As the concept of the story changes and progresses, the writer guides the reader with ease, like 'greased lightning!' The later chapters were a little drawn out perhaps, but that may not be a bad thing. I was looking for a British author who had similar style to Stevie King and I didn't need to look far :)
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm becoming a big fan of Luke Smitherd. His writing is just odd enough to keep me guessing and I love it. I may have to add a new shelf to my Goodreads shelves just for his books though. They just don't fit into any of my existing categories.

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
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it
This book does throw you straight into the story, but it's not until about halfway through that it really gathers any pace; there are a lot of long-winded passages throughout the book which makes the first part quite a long read until the plot steps up a gear. Took a couple of surprising turns along the way which were unexpected! Personally I thought all the swearing, particularly near the end, was overmuch and rather unimaginative, but that's only personal preference. There is too much overlong ...more
Nikki Johnson
Clearly, Smitherd gets to the heart of a lot of people. I'm just really not a fan.

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.
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is so weirdly cool. Never read anything like it before. It's also the type of book you are instantly immersed in yet can put down and leave for a while, come back and be right back there in the story totally immersed again. So many concepts to get me head around..... just love!
Aug 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book - very unusual premise and a combination of a Sci-fi, horror and love story. Whilst the storyline is a bit bonkers it was well written and kept me guessing throughout. Interested in learning more about the author after reading this.
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I told you....After The Stone Man I said in my review that here was a major new talent. This book confirms that in spades. Much darker, MUCH darker, but riveting. Wow. On to the next....
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
A book of four (I think) chapters, and each chapter used to be, apparently, sold as a book of itself.
If book or chapter #1 had been on itself, I would definitely not have bought any of the follow-ups, I am sorry to say.
This whole story starts very boring, with a thought-monologue by the male protagonist, and very few dialogues; although the dialogues get more numerous and liven up the story a bit, in my opinion there are far too few of them.
The story: After a night of drugs and booze, bartender
Mushy Pin
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
The title and synopsis piqued my interest as it was something quite unusual. Then the price convinced me... Unusual story, well written (though without wanting to offend anyone, I personally dislike the use of American English, but it didnt take anything away from the overall quality), intriguing, entertaining..a real tease of a book, which kept me coming up with multiple theories of what it was all about, none of which turned out to be anywhere near right. Though I personally didnt like the end ...more
Ed Bernard
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Ugh. I was utterly enthralled by this book for about half of it. Its got a great premise a guy wakes up inside the head of another person. As the author of several one-act plays with weird set-ups like this, I figured it was right up my alley. And it was. But then, the pacing grinds to a halt, there is endless internal dialogue that feels completely unnecessary to me, and the whole thing becomes fragmented and, if not exactly stupid, at least untethered. I later read that its actually a full ...more
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
A great premise and some creative ideas but ultimately this one just wasn't for me.

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
Andy Coleman
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
cheryl a collins
Smithereens again! No spoilers

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
Calum Richardson
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is based on a very interesting and, to my knowledge, unique take on multiverse theories and the concept of parallel worlds. It feels like a major spoiler to say anything at all about the characters, and so I'm restraining myself from doing so.

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
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolute page turner.
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
Sarah Potter
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing

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,

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