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Some Choose Darkness

(Rory Moore/Lane Phillips #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  2,767 ratings  ·  725 reviews
A modern master of suspense, critically acclaimed author Charlie Donlea returns with a taut, gripping novel about the deadly secrets hiding in plain sight . . .
The truth is easy to miss, even when it’s right in front of us. As a forensic reconstructionist, Rory Moore sheds light on cold-case homicides by piecing together crime scene details others fail to see. Clean
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published May 28th 2019 by Kensington (first published April 2nd 2019)
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Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)
4.5 stars


"Some choose darkness, others are chosen by it."

Some Choose Darkness is an intriguing psychological thriller about a serial killer and two women who get drawn into his dark and twisted world.

Rory Moore, a forensic reconstructionist on the autism spectrum, finds herself involved in a complicated case when she learns that her recently deceased father, a lawyer, was representing a notorious serial killer known as “The Thief.” Determined to know why her father was representi
Chelsea Humphrey
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Kensington Books
Shelves: from-publisher
Cracking open the latest novel by Charlie Donlea is a bit like coming home; there's something comfortable and reliable about each one. Perhaps it's the style of writing, or maybe it's the fact that his books feel like classic crime fiction, but whatever the case, it is always a joy and a privilege to embark on a new tale that he has written. This one is slightly darker than his previous novels, but not so much in the sense that it becomes overly graphic, although I feel it necessary to mention s ...more
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

As I began reading this, I immediately thought that Charlie Donlea has a little bit of a hanging obsession. I immediately thought of his book, Summit Lake but this also has some auto-erotic themes as the killer likes the "Rush" hmmm...or maybe he is just wanting to put that research to good use.... Either way, he had me from page one.

I was completely sucked in as I said. I really enjoyed all the characters. One thing I especially enjoyed about this book is that he gives various charact
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rory is a forensic re-constructionist. When her father passes suddenly, she’s tasked with over-seeing his estate, which among other things, includes his one-man law firm.
Fortunately for Rory, she’s able to hand off nearly every file for review. All but one.

A man dubbed “The Thief” is up for parole and the judge won’t let Rory out of taking charge, insisting she personally see it through to the end.
The further Rory digs into the case, the extent of her father’s involvement with this case comes
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
5 stars!

Another outstanding fast-paced, gripping thriller by Charlie Donela! I loved everything about this book!

Rory Moore is a quirky forensic reconstructionist who investigates cold murder cases. She insists on working alone and has an unexplained ability to pick up hidden details that have been overlooked by the police force, making her a valuable asset to local detectives. Rory’s father passes away, leaving her to close down his law practice. Through this process, Rory is introduced to a ca
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
When I knew I was going to be reading Suicide House, by Charles Donlea, I grabbed Some Choose Darkness off of Amazon, as a Kindle Unlimited choice. Both books feature Rory Moore, a forensic reconstructionist, and Lane Phillips, a psychologist, who is an expert on serial killers. The first book focuses on an "alleged" serial killer, who is going to be released from prison, after serving forty years for the murder of Angela Mitchell, whose body has never been found. 

The book starts with one of the
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is my first read of a Charlie Donlea book and I was so impressed by his scintillating abilities in creating and developing his characters that drive this fabulous piece of dark and disturbing crime fiction. Here, unusually, he gives us two brilliant female protagonists, both of whom are on the autism spectrum. The truth can be staring at us, right in front of our faces, but we can be blind to it. The offbeat Rory Moore is a gifted forensic reconstructionist, working on cold cases, able to s ...more
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Some choose darkness, others are chosen by it."

It's 1979 and there's an auto-erotic serial killer on the loose. The Thief lives for the "rush" he gets from strangling his victims to death. He has managed to keep this part of him a secret from those closest to him... until now.

Forty years later, The Thief is up for parole. When his attorney dies unexpectedly the burden of his defense falls on Rory Moore, a silent/unofficial partner in her father's law firm who is also a forensic reconstru
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-m-intrigued
Five brilliant soooo smartly structured and developed with amazing characterization, mind bending-punching-burning stars!

When I start a book the title is one of the most important decision maker for me. If it’s intriguing enough, I naturally dive in without wearing my pallets!

Main question of book is: Some choose darkness, others are chosen by it ! So which one of you?

One of the amazing thing about the book is there are two high IQ’d , unconventional, unpredictable heroines, one of them is An
Larry H
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I'm between 4 and 4.5 stars.

There are so many thrillers and crime novels out there these days, so it takes something special to stand out. Sometimes it's crazy twists, surprise endings, or action that leaves you breathless. Other times it's the characters that get your attention, whether they're the heroes or the villains.

Some Choose Darkness , Charlie Donlea's upcoming thriller, didn't necessarily surprise me once the story got going, but its characters, particularly its protagonist, absolut
Drum Roll, Please.......

Charlie Donlea has lined up all the stars in Some Choose Darkness. And there's a beacon of brilliance in the beams of light cast our way, dear friends. It's all there with the setting in the City With Big Shoulders: Chicago. The crafting of his characters is well-defined with individuals that exist beyond the straight, unyielding lines drawn by society. Sometimes lines need to be squiggily with open loops and uncrossed t's or dotted i's. Donlea gives us humanity wrapped i

3.75 stars (rounded up)

I was Invited by the THIEF himself to read his story (well, actually by Kensington Publishing, in a very clever letter)..and could not pass up the the chance at reading this ARC, having loved “Don’t Believe It” by Charlie Donlea, a 5 star read for me...

This story is about five women who went missing from the streets of Chicago in 1979, and the man suspected of killing them, dubbed The Thief, by the press. He was incarcerated for the death of only one, as the others could
Gripping, suspenseful, & fabulous characterizations!

Well the absolute perfect hook for enticing me to read this book was being invited to read her story from none other than our protagonist herself, Rory Moore in a very clever letter. It was just enough to pique my interest and get me excited to dive into this story!

SOME CHOOSE DARKNESS by CHARLIE DONLEA is an entertaining, dark, disturbing, suspenseful, and engaging psychological suspense novel that I must admit didn’t immediately grab my atten
Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
Yipee! Charlie Donlea will be joining us for a Q & A in the Behind the Pages Group on August 19!

You can find the thread here

It’s no secret to just how much The Traveling Sister’s love Charlie Donlea and we have been reading his books in our groups since reading The Girl Who Was Taken. It was one of our first Traveling Sister group reads even before starting our Goodreads Group two years ago. Since then we have been introducing him to our members and everyo
I have a huge soft spot for characters who are a little different. In a sea of stereotypes it’s the ones that don’t fit in who are more interesting. In this gripping story we’re introduced to Rory Moore, an MC who stands out from the crowd for several reasons.

Rory is a forensic reconstructionist. Occasionally she works on cold cases for the Chicago PD under the supervision of Det. Ron Davidson. Her specialty is recreating a crime scene in such minute detail that often new information is revealed
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I am one of many that count myself as a fan of Charlie Donlea after having read several of his previous novels so it wasn’t a question that I wanted to read Some Choose Darkness. This one is a thriller that again has multiple points of view and also alternates timelines.

The one thing standing out the most to me with Some Choose Darkness was immediately noticing the quirkiness to the characters and finding what we have here is a novel with not one but two high functioning females with autism. I s
Susanne  Strong
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
3.75 Stars* (rounded up)

Frightening and Wholly Realistic!

Rory is a forensic reconstructionist. She recreates crime scenes finding new details and assists in solving crimes for the Chicago PD. She is also a non-practicing attorney who, after her father’s passing, is assigned to handle the parole of a man who was her father’s client. Known as “The Thief” he murdered a woman in 1979. Her name was Angela and she believed “The Thief” to be a serial murderer. “The Thief” killed her because of it.

May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
My first book by this author and judging by everyone's reviews I have been missing out! Never mind, I can make up for it now.

Some Choose Darkness grips the reader from the start with not one but two women with Autism taking the main roles. Both were intriguing characters dealing with very difficult situations and I was so interested in both of them that I did not mind when the author chopped and changed backwards and forwards in time to tell their two separate stories?

Not quite a five star read
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Rory is a forensic reconstructionist and a lawyer. She’s on the autism spectrum and uses her skills to work on cold cases that require deep analysis. When her father dies, she is also tasked with finishing up the cases he was working on. One of those cases involves a parole hearing for a man nicknamed The Thief, who was convicted of murdering a woman 40 years ago.

We also are given a glimpse of that woman, Angela who is also on the spectrum, in addition to suffering from paranoia and OCD.

It too
Rory Moore is a forensic reconstructionist (I’d never heard of that, either) working with local Chicago law enforcement on a contract basis, specializing in cold cases. When her father, a defense attorney, suddenly dies, Rory has to settle his affairs, including the disposition of his client cases. She’s able to successfully refer all but one and it’s controversial. As she’s also a licensed attorney, she’s forced to take it over and it opens the door to a 40-year old cold case mystery that revea ...more
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is something so brilliant, addicting, and mesmerizing about Charlie Donlea's writing.

"Some choose darkness, others are chosen by it."

Some Choose Darkness... let me tell MUST choose this darkness. MY GOD was this ridiculously brilliant!!!

Ahh... Charlie Donlea does it ONCE again folks. If you haven't read his books... you must be living under a rock because he is a masterful storyteller that you truly don't want to miss out on. I'm DYING to get my hands on his next book already.

Jun 10, 2019 rated it liked it
3.0-3.5 stars - Ultimately disappointed, but will try another book by this author for sure.

So I'm glad I waited a few days to write this review because I have been mulling this over and I'm going to give it a higher rating than what I originally was going to. I think I was a little too hard on it initially and I'll do my best to explain why.

This book takes place in three timelines. The 70's, the 80's and present day. Rory Moore is the present day character who is a young lawyer taking over her r
Jun 23, 2020 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

In this first book in the Rory Moore/Lane Phillips series, forensic reconstructionist Rory Moore gets involved in a forty-year-old case.

In 1979 a serial killer dubbed 'The Thief' goes on a murder spree in Chicago. The perpetrator, who's addicted to erotic asphyxiation, murders women in an elaborate ritual related to this practice (not a spoiler).

News about The Thief mesmerizes Angela Mitchell, a housewife on the autism spectrum who suffers from anxiety disorders. Angela obsessively cl
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Some Choose Darkness is the type of book that builds so much suspense, that I felt on the edge of my seat every page! This is a masterful book, weaving the past and present together in a way that enhanced the tension and left me unable to put the book down. Be warned—you will need to cancel all plans after you start this! Dark, twisty, and not to be missed!

About the Book

Its the summer of 1979 and women are disappearing in Chicago. The press nicknames the faceless predator The Thief, because he l
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

OK everyone, Some Choose Darkness is legit Charlie Donlea's best book yet!! I absolutely loved it and I am sure you will too.

What it's about: Rory Moore is a forensic reconstructionist that is dang good at her job. She mostly works for herself as she is uncomfortable around people and has social anxiety. But a week after her dad dies, she gets thrust into one of his cases when she is cleaning up his law office. The Thief, as he was nicknamed in 1979, is getting out on parole 40 yea
My blogger friend, Jonetta, wrote a review for this book and it sounded so fascinating that I just had to read it. I never had heard of Forensic reconstruction and now it is a something that totally intrigues me. Set in Chicago with a few ties to my home state of Indiana, this fast paces crime novel will keep you glued to the pages from start to finish. I started it this morning and finished it this evening - it really was that great! If you like suspense, forensic fun stuff or crime fiction the ...more
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

Told in multiple POV, 3rd person, it’s the first installment in the "Rory Moore/Lane Phillips" series and I think it’s safe to say you can read it as a standalone. This was my second read by this author and I enjoyed it even more than my first read. It’s fast-paced, a bit dark with short chapters (always in my favor), alternating between years, a twisty read (whisch some I guessed right and some wrong) with a satisfying ending. I loved both Angela and Rory. I liked that the author creat
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Oh my goodness! Charlie Donlea you have a new fan. Absolutely loved this book with all its twists and turns. I will definitely be looking out for more by this author.
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
From cover to cover this book took hold of that thriller gene and wouldn't let go.

Rory Moore, a most interesting protagonist, is the daughter of a lawyer father who just passed. She is charged with the parole of her father's long time client, referred to as The Thief. Although he has murdered many none of the victims's bodies were ever found and The Thief was just convicted on one crime which placed him in prison for forty years. The woman, Angela Mitchell, led the police to The Thief but then
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Donlea’s writing is masterful and keeps your head in the book

Forensic reconstructionist Rory Moore pieces together crime scene details others fail to see on cold cases for the Chicago Police Department. Cleaning out her late father’s law office a week after his burial, she receives a call that plunges her into a decades-old case.
In the summer of 1979, five Chicago women went missing. The predator, nicknamed The Thief, left no bodies and no clues behind—until police received a package fr
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Charlie Donlea is the USA TODAY and #1 Internationally bestselling author of SUMMIT LAKE, THE GIRL WHO WAS TAKEN, DON'T BELIEVE IT, SOME CHOOSE DARKNESS, and THE SUICIDE HOUSE. He resides in Chicago with his wife and two young children.

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