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Out of the Darkness

(The Finnegan Connection #3)

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A love rekindled…or a deadly reunion?

Even after a decade, Sarah Hampton is haunted by the night that nearly ended in a bloody massacre and destroyed her high school romance with handsome Tyler Grant. Now the horror has returned. It’s a reckoning from the events of that terrifying night—and a love they never let go. Only this time Tyler must protect Sarah from the killer hi
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Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published February 1st 2018 by Harlequin Intrigue (first published January 16th 2018)
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I loved the beginning of the book when a bunch of friends were going to Haunted Houses. But when they got to the Cemetery Mansion, Sarah's little brother Davey wouldn't go inside. He kept saying the house was evil. And in fact, it was, or rather the person inside the house. Davey ran in with Sarah and saved the day by killed a serial killer per say. There were mutilated bodies everywhere. Davey ended up saving all of Sarah's friends, including her boyfriend, Tyler.

But things were not the same f
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Linda Strong
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
Ten years ago Sarah, her cousin Davey, her boyfriend Tyler and 2 other friends almost lost their lives the night they were visiting haunted houses. Davey was adamant that there was something evil in that house and no one should go in. Being teenagers, all but Sarah and Davey entered anyway.

They were spooked by the costumes, the realistic mutilated victims, the bodies at the table with their heads 'on' the table. By the time they realized this was real, Sarah and Davey had entered and got everybo
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Monnie
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book - which I thoroughly enjoyed, BTW - marks a couple of firsts for me. It's the first time I've "won" the right to read and review a book, accomplished at Bookish First after writing an initial impressions paragraph by reading just one chapter. It's also the first time in probably 10 years that I've read a real book; that's how long I've been a confirmed ebook reader. As for the latter, it's likely to be the last for another decade; the paperback had such tiny print that it was t ...more
Linda Strong
This is a review of the exerpt only ........... Courtesy of BookishFirst

Years ago, Sara, her boyfriend Tyler, and several of theit friends were visiting haunted houses. When Davy, a young man with Downs, goes along until the very last house, He is adamant that there is evil in the house and warns the others not to go in. He says his daddy told him to stay out ...only his daddy has been dead for over a year. Sarah stays outside with Davy, the others enter the house.

To this day, Sara is still haun
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Paula Brandon
What an odd duck. The writing is almost juvenile, with an overabundance of exclamation marks. Facts are repeated to us over and over again. Dialogue is stilted and doesn't feel natural. There are about three sex scenes to pad out the thin plot. However, it moved reasonably quickly and was a bit different from the Intrigue norm.

The opening alone almost gets this its 3 stars: six teenagers visit a haunted house at a carnival and are almost butchered by a maniac who has escaped prison. It's suspens
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i fall in love book blog
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Out of the Darkness was my first Finnegan Connection book AND my first Heather Graham. As far as it being the first book I've read in the series, I didn't feel like I missed anything, which is always a great feeling. I also liked Heather Graham's writing, so that was a definite plus.

The basis of this story is creepy, so when I started reading it that first night I immediately put it back down and picked up something fluffier. Once I got into the story though, I was much more comfortable with it
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CD {Boulder Blvd}
I skimmed read starting at about 50% just to get through the book without DNFing. So many elements didn't work. I think I need a plot with stronger police procedures. ...more
Kira
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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A free physical copy from Bookish First in exchange for an honest review.
Out of the Darkness was my second Heather Graham book, and it might just be my last. Though it was the third book in The Finnegan Connection series I do not feel like I missed out on anything, it can be read as a standalone.
Out of the Darkness is about a group of kids that are faced with the most horrifying Halloween house in history. A serial killer has his fun but they manage to escape. Then a decade later (why is it alwa
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Tracy Gibson
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This murder mystery starts out by bringing out a very traumatic tragedy that several teens somehow survived and were able to move forward from. Each of them forced themselves to continue forward with their lives without looking back until they could no longer continue to ignore the past that continued to haunt them. As tragic strikes again, they were forced together again, each a decade older and living completely different than the plans from that time long ago.

Throughout the clever and unexpec
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The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)

Out of the Darkness starts off with a truly horrifying experience. Sarah and her friends are visiting haunted houses on Halloween-such a typical teenage event. But what happens at the haunted house changes all their lives. As teenagers, they did not know how to handle the trauma. They pulled away from each other, became closed off, made poor life choices, etc. This leads to Tyler and Sarah breaking up and going in different directions. 10 years later they are reunited by another tragedy. B
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Carol
Halloween night turns into a night of terror for a group
visiting haunted houses. All was fun until Cemetery
Mansion were the killings turned real thanks to escaped
prisoners.
Ten years later, the group stills is haunted by that night,
so much so they have never stayed in touch. The story
tells how that night changed each character.
Now one of that group is murder in the same fashion
that happened that night ten years later.
How is this possible after the prisoners were dead??
Sarah Hampton and Tyler G
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Sharon
Jan 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, suspense
After a night at a haunted house ends in brutal murder, Sarah Hampton has not been able to let go of the terror she felt. Years later, when one of her friends from that night is murdered, Sarah returns to her hometown. Seeing her ex-boyfriend, Tyler Grant, has Sarah reminded of all that she lost because of the cold blooded killer. When it becomes all too clear that the group of friends are targets, will Sarah and Tyler be able to help the authorities put together the pieces? Will their tangled p ...more
Janet Robel
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Woot woot! Love a good book that starts with Halloween and haunted houses. The gruesome details are on par with excellent storytelling. Sarah Hampton and Tyler Grant are at the start of it all. Now, ten years later, they still have feelings for each other. A killer has struck close to home. Did the killer come back from the grave? Are all the friends who entered the haunted house years ago in danger?

This is gripping right from the prologue. Ms. Graham does one heck of a job with this page-turne
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Bobbie
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In the opening of the book , 6 teens ate going to the different haunted houses in their town.. But at the last house, some of the teens go in it, but Davy refuses to go in. He seems scared and warns the others not to go in it for he says something really bad is in that house. But they go in anyway. Something horrible happened in there and a killer chops off the head of one of the girls! The police find him, and take him in. Years later, one of the girls that survived is brutally killed in the sa ...more
Audrey  Adamson Stars in Her Eye
Chilling premise but the book just makes up whatever it wants to without any rhyme or reason.
As a teen, Sarah and her friends are caught in the middle of a massacre at a local haunted hose. They escape with their lives but not with out permeant damage. But years later, when one of the group of friends is murdered, they must deal once again with the events of their past.
I didn't realize this was a romantic intrigue novel when I received a free copy. I had read the first chapter and really enjoyed
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Andrew
Jan 04, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can’t say that this book did much for me. I don’t read romance anything but was hoping that my first impression would be wrong. It didn’t live up to my first impression. The characters were flat. Everyone is good looking, kind, generous, loving. Except of course the killer(s)? The horrific halloween night that the 6 friends survived has resurfaced. Small problem, more than 6 people lived through that night. That doesn’t seem to matter. And no matter how stressed people are, there is always tim ...more
Meiwilli
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Disappointingly repetitive and lacks suspense.

Sarah Hampton and Tyler Grant are the proverbial perfect and stereotypical high school couple: cheerleader and football star. And of course, they have near perfect and beautiful friends in Hannah Levine, Suzie Cornwall, and Sean Avery. On Halloween night, Sarah brings her cousin Davey along for a night of fun when the group decides to visit one last haunted house, Cemetary Mansion, and get the scare of their lives.

Their night of fake spooks and scar
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Marcia
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read the first part of the Prologue of this book on www.bookishfirst.com and was hooked. Many years ago, I read the author's Florida historical romance novel series. Years later, I found that she was writing paranormal romances. This book is totally different, a thriller romance. The Prologue introduces the main characters, 6 high school students. Davey has Down's Syndrome and his cousin Sarah is overly protective of him. The rest of the group, are her boyfriend, football player Tyler and thei ...more
Books and Spoons
This was a quick read for me since pretty much inhaled it and I couldn't put it down until the end. It was intense, it was scarier than the most, in a creepy and eerie kind of a way the most serial-killer stories are, and it had such an adorable, sweet yet ardent, rekindled romance, that took my breath away with the sizzling passion between them.
The prologue sets the background to the story well and gives the insight to the characters and their relationships with each other. It actually takes t
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Sarahlynn
Apr 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I’m of two minds on this one. On one hand, I found the writing clunky. The whodunnit was no surprise - I knew immediately who did it (before we had the character’s full name or saw him on the page) because of the emphasis with which he was introduced. Throughout, I felt like I could see the author’s hand heavily at work. The characters seemed older than their ages (people in their mid-20s worried about slipping and breaking a bone on the shower?) and the romance was way undersold. The main chara ...more
Jo-Ann
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Many thanks to Heather Graham and HarperCollins for the ARC of Out Of The Darkness. This is one of my first Harlequin Books in a very long time and after reading an excerpt from BookishFirst I was interested in completing it. This romance/suspense book is about Sarah Hampton and her love for Tyler Grant, and it is easy to follow. Sarah's cousin Davey won tickets to a Halloween Fright Fest and the 3 of them along with a few other friends go. Davey has Down’s Syndrome and Sarah is v
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Vickie
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sarah Hampton is very protective of her cousin Davey who has Down’s Syndrome, but when Davey wins tickets to the haunted mansion, Sarah and all of her friends accompany him to a night that they will never forget. One of the exhibits turns out to be all too real, with real victims that have been beheaded. And the animatronic figure in the room isn’t an automaton at all, but an escaped killer. Somehow, Davey saves the day and Sarah and all of her friends escape. Years later, they are reunited when ...more
Rebecca Austin
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-companies
Over 10 years ago Sarah Hampton's life was changed when along with her friends, boyfriend Tyler Grant, and cousin Davey they entered a Haunted House that served as the killing ground for a seriel killer.

Now 10 years later, one of Sarah's friends from that night is found brutally murdered and everyone is brought back together. Sarah is now an author and Tyler has become a Private Investigator. Can Tyler and Craig Finnegan get to the bottom of who is committing these murders before anyone else is
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Karel
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Halloween Horror!

Sarah Hampton and Tyler Grant have been in love since they were very young and now they are facing graduation. They are going with their long time friends and Sarah's cousin, Davey who has Down Syndrome! They've been through one haunted house and now are headed to Cemetery Mansion purportedly the scariest haunted house in town!! However, Davey refuses to go because he says there are evil men in there and they are all in danger. Sarah and Davey stay back while the others
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Connie
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Because of the way the book is written, you wouldn’t know that this is the third one in the series. The story begins with events that happened when this group of friends were in their late teens—seniors in high school. It then takes a huge jump to ten years later. I definitely wouldn’t feel as if I missed anything by starting with this one because I can’t imagine what I would have been left out from previous books.

However, the story lacked the excitement that I usually find in books like this. I
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Wendy Keel
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! OMG I have to say it's been a while since I read a Heather Graham book and I was a little startled how quickly I was drawn into this story. It's not just about the romance, this is a Suspense novel, one in the Harlequin Intrigue series, and yes it's part of another series but can be read as a stand alone. I now want to go read the rest of the stories in the series and I'm eager to read the next book! This story follows the steps of Sarah Hampton and Tyler Grant 10yrs after they were part of ...more
Katrece Nelson
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Six high school friends decide to hang out at a Halloween theme park that includes numerous haunted houses. Something goes terrible wrong that night and escaped killer begins killing people that enter a certain haunted house. The six all manage to get out with their lives but the trauma they have experienced follows them the rest of their life. Fast forward about a decade and one of the friends ends up murdered. Is it a coincidence or is someone trying to finish what was started?

This story had
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Laura
Dec 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I know Heather Graham is a super popular author, but I've never read any of her books before. I read lots of suspense books though, so I was really excited to read this one.

Unfortunately, it was just OK. On the plus side, the book was very fast-paced - it only took me a day to read. I really liked the opening chapters. I thought the haunted house setting was really unique and captivating. I also liked the main characters, but they weren't fully developed. They seemed more like caricatures than
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Miki
Jan 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, bookishfirst
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Lynn Brooks
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
One night of terror changed their lives forever ... and with one new crime, it's all chasing after them again! A decade after a tragic event sent them all into their own downward spiral, a group of friends are reunited and begin to put the pieces together of that night and figure out who is coming for them now. The characters and underlying plot are very intriguing and keep you reading to see what's going to happen next. It was fairly loosely written and could have been tweaked into a tighter st ...more
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Also published as Heather Graham Pozzessere and Shannon Drake.

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Heather Graham majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals, and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write, working on short horror stories and romances. After some tria
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