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A Shot in the Dark

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  324 ratings  ·  103 reviews
Life had never been simple for Miki Quinten. Her mom had died when she was eight, and in the aftermath of their loss, her father turned his grief into alcoholism, inadvertently converting their home into a melting pot of debauchery. Unwilling to be put into the foster system, Miki takes control of her own life and becomes invisible to almost everyone but her best friend an ...more
Kindle Edition, 504 pages
Published March 12th 2018
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Dri ✰
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
★ 4 stars!! ★

Another new author to me, first book I read from her and it certainly will not be the last.
I didn’t know what I was getting into, but I'm glad I gave it a chance!
What an emotional rollercoaster ride!

“How did you miss something you’d never had before?”

Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
5 emotional stars

This book has been highly recommended by my friend Michelle Chen
Her selling pitch was a mix between Full Tilt and The Sweet Gum Tree.
How could I resist especially when Michelle has never stirred me wrong so far?

I went in blind not even reading the blurb
That's usually the best way for me to experience a book on blind faith trusting my friends

Now six boxes of used tissues later and red rimmed eyes I can honestly say that Michelle was right and that it will not be my late
Victoria L. James
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can't stop crying. I've been staring at a wall for about ten minutes, going over the story I've JUST finished, and my heart is so full, so warm, so broken, too... I don't even know how or why I'm writing this review right now. I know I'm going to get something wrong or miss something out, but I needed to write about this feeling while I'm experiencing it.

This is why I read.

A Shot In The Dark is the kind of book that reminds me why I read and read and read, on a never-ending quest to find the
1-Click Addict Support Group
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Y'all, this book here was NOTHING like I expected and EVERYTHING that I didn't know I was missing!! A beautiful love story that you didn't see coming and when it hit me I felt like....well you have to read it for yourself. I don't think my review will do it justice but I will try to share with you why this is A.Must.Read!!!

Mikayla's life was not ideal but she learned to live it as best as she could until Dustin appeared on her rearview mirror. I was a bit skeptical because of who he was but the
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a heart shredder. I was a sobbing snotty mess. Miki was self sufficient, invisible and just existing until Dustin Hill ran her off the road in his fervor to escape his life. Although the star of Childress, Dustin has no control over his life. His father, his coach and to an extent, a bitch control him. Miki listens to him and he finds it refreshing that she challenges him and makes him question just how much control he is allowing others to take. Just as quickly as Dustin enters her
Mar 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Heather Ross
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is, quite simply, a masterpiece. MIki’s story reads so beautifully that you know instinctively that it’s been written from the heart. She’s such a beautifully spirited character who has been battered and bruised by all that life has thrown at her yet never allowed any of it to break her spirit or stop her from being who she is. There’s a purity to her, a soul that’s somehow come through everything untainted. She’s the girl we all wish we could be.

I don’t want to say too much about the
Claire Allmendinger
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was privileged to read an advance copy of this book and I’m not afraid to say that I needed a couple of days to gather my thoughts before leaving this review.

The writing is simply stunning! LJ take us on Mikayla’s journey through the end of High School to adulthood and portrays it fabulously. Miki has had a tough life and her resilience and determination to be fiercely independent comes shining through the words from the get-go. She has a very close-knit group of allies in life and when that c
❤️Melanie G.
OMG...This book was truly an emotional rollercoaster. The drama, twist and turns this book took me on left me breathless and wanting/waiting for more. I laughed, cried, cried some and then felt peace. This was an amazing story and brilliantly written.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW. Absolutely loved this.
Di Vernon
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What an emotional rollercoaster, I laughed and cried my way through this book...sometimes at the same time. The characters are incredibly well developed, the storyline is in 2 parts which I can't say much on without giving spoilers. I will say that the story does contain underage sex she's 16 when they meet, he is 18 but in the context of the plot it works and isn't by any means gratuitous. Fell in love with not only the primary characters but majority of the secondary as well.
I would hi
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"there’s a preordained path we all take.”

There are books that stick with me long after the last page and there have been other books along my reading journey that broke my heart only to then put it back together but A Shot in the dark by L.J. Stock...I just have no words for this book. I finished it in awe.
I'm still processing, I'm still seeing scenes play over in my mind and the whispering of words still trailing through thoughts from this beautifully written book. 💕

A fateful meeting, a high s
Rosa Sharon (iScream Book Blog)
"Despite the scars that were now etched into my heart and soul, time continued to pass."

It was back in 2015 that I read a story that L.J. Stock co-wrote. I enjoyed it so much that when this title crossed my path, I remembered her name. After reading the synopsis I was intrigued, I blame my addiction to broken characters for some of the choices I make and for many of the tears I've cried. And I blame L.J. Stock for the heart-shaped lump in my throat as I try to make sense of my scattered thou
Trish Kitty Taylor  ***narniaandbeyond***
Wow. This is my first solo book by LJ Stock & I have to say I’m absolutely blown away with this amazingly powerful story of love, loss & hope. This entire story wrapped tightly around my heart, as I became utterly lost to its beautiful characters, stunning storyline & heart wrenching, gut punching emotions.

It’s so hard to say a lot about this book without giving anything away, but what I will say is that Lou does an outstanding job at showing just how strong & resilient the human spirit can be i
Amanda  B Gillespie
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Shot in the Dark is one of those books that you cannot expect to read quickly or in one sitting. It's a very long book and could easily have been made into two books. It seemed like it was moving slowly, but I don't think it really was as much as there were a lot of words but all of them seem to be necessary because if I attempted to skip through a few words, you found myself having to go back because what I was missing was important. It was a very emotional story, and the end blew me away. It ...more
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a rollercoaster ride this book is!

There is so much I want to say but I am afraid to give anything away. This is such an incredible story with many surprises that had me smiling and crying. The characters are wonderfully written and drew me completely into the story. This is one of those stories that keep you up way past your bedtime and stays with you well after you finish reading it. A Shot in the Dark would be a great book for a book club as you will want to laugh, cry, and yell with othe
Muriel Farrell
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

I'm not really good at leaving reviews but I just want to leave a quick one for this story. A story of young love turned to tragedy about enduring heart ache but never giving up. This story made me laugh and cry it had a good twist to it as well. Give it a read you won't be disappointed.
An awing and heart shattering contemporary romance full of grit and overwhelming rawness. Romance will never be the same again...

There is so much that I want to say, but I can't. I want to beg people to read this book because it's one of those that will put so many things into perspective. Things that so many of us take for granted or overlook in our wonderings through life. I feel like L.J. Stock put a hole a in my heart and I can't quite seem to patch it up or stitch it closed. A Shot In The D
Tara Bryant
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Shot In the Dark
By L.J. Stock

“The two of us must have laid there for an hour or two before I felt his hand brush over my wrist, seconds before his fingers intertwined with mine. There was nothing more to say, but the touch made us both relax, making the silence even more comfortable than it had been.”

Taking chances....Making memories....Tragic endings.....New beginnings.....A Shot in the Dark makes all these things a reality. From the moment I started reading this book, I knew my heart would b
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Miki (Mikayla) Quinten prefers to stay under the radar and remain invisible. She keeps to herself and avoids interaction with other people, including her own father who ignores her existence. She's biding her time until she graduates high school to start her own life independently. But Dustin Hill, star player of the football team, nearly collides with her one evening as he seeks his own escape and from there, they became friends. They share a lot in common and as Miki discovers, she really enjo ...more
Charlie Matthews
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Every once in a while you stumble across a story unlike no other, that will, quite literally, leave you breathless. All the while you’ll be wondering how you will ever recover from it. A Shot in the Dark did just that. Amongst other things...

It’s no secret that I enjoy L.J’s style of writing and that her storytelling is simply sublime. But this... This story was on a whole other level to that of which she usually writes, and I believe wholeheartedly that this story will be huge.

Now, I’ve been m
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book! This freaking book just blew me away! It's definitely one of my favourite reads of 2018.

Ms Stock has an exceptional propensity to draw the reader into the story from the very first page. I was hooked immediately and captivated the whole way through.
I don't like to give away any plot details when I review books because I prefer to go into a book blind. What I will say though is that it's a story about love and loss, of endurance and ability to overcome. This book will wreck you, but f
Apr 20, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Karen Wood
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW....where do I start with this book! It was recommended to me by another author who I trust, so I gave it a go and so glad I did. It is one of those books that you don't want to write too much about the storyline so as you don't spoil it for others, you need to read it for yourself, you need to feel it, live it, be swept away by it.

I found myself heartbroken before things happened, there were a lot of twists that I didn't see coming, some I should have, but was so engrossed in the story that
Laura Smith
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Omg! Where do I even start. Firstly let me start my saying this is the best book of 2018 I have read and I know hands down it will take something special to beat it.

This is the first solo written book by LJ Stock that I have read and I loved every part of it. Yes the author ripped my heart out, stomped all over it and then put it back together, but it was worth it. This book is something special and I dare not say anything as I don’t want to risk spoiling this beauty for anyone. I can assure yo
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’m at a complete loss as how to put into words just how amazingly good this book is. The writing is flawless and absolutely genius mesmerising to read. The characters Miki and Dustin just placed themselves into my heart and after a few months of first reading this book,they are firmly still there. The writer takes you on one hell of a ride from start to finish. Be ready for a full on emotional. The author completely and utterly broke me,like no other book. Ever. Then slowly she puts you back to ...more
Shelby (Book Lovers Have More Fun)
3.5 stars!!!

I wanted to read A Shot in the Dark RIGHT when I heard about.

It was certainly an EMOTIONAL read.

It did take me a little bit to get into it. I didn't expect the first half of the story, but the second half became predictable to me. Probably because I've read some books with a similar outcome.

I really LOVED Dustin. The chemistry between him and Miki kept me swooning.

I'm looking forward to what she writes next.

Deborah G.
If you think this might be the usual high school tale with the typical drama, it's not. If you dread the usual cattiness of a high school diva, well yes, this has that but her selfish & vindictive ways reflect badly on her already poor character but is also very costly to our MC's. Thankfully,It's not her frequency in the book that brings us down, but the content of her messages that does the most harm.
The story begins in Texas 2001. Miki (Mikayla) is in her junior year of high school. She has
Miriam Meza
Let me introduce to you your next favorite read.

A SHOT IN THE DARK is one of those books you start with curiosity and read with wonder, one of those that makes you smile because is so beautiful, but also breaks your heart and makes you think you'll never be the same again. It happened to me and I'm sure it happened to every single person who has read this book so far.

What's beautiful about this book is it's not jus a love story. It's so much more. Or maybe yes, it's about love, but not only abou
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Lou Stock has always lived in a world of her own, continuously lost in her imagination. Whether in the forests that backed up to her home in Aberdeen when she was only six years old, the unique landscape of Singapore she discovered at eight, or the rolling woodlands that rolled up to Dartmoor during her teen years, there have always been new worlds to explore.

Now an adult living in Oakhurst, Texa

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