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4.45  ·  Rating details ·  193 ratings  ·  134 reviews
From the author of The Girl Who Was Taken and Don't Believe It, a taut, gripping thriller about the deadly secrets that hide in plain sight . . .

Charlie Donlea's chilling new suspense thriller is the story of two women, separated by forty years, yet both inextricably linked by a series of horrific murders that took place in 1979.

"She wondered if the mysterious woman had ch
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Meredith
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 stars

SO GOOD!!

"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 representing
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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
Kaceey
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Paromjit
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
Larry H
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, absolutel
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Linda
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
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Debra
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
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Sandy
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
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Kendall
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 you...you 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.

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Jayme
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
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Liz
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jayme
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars

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 not be positi
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Sharon Metcalf
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
WOW....WOW...WOW... 4.5 stars

Now that was a surprisingly great read.      Some Choose Darkness  by Charlie Donlea made for absolutely compelling reading.  When I started I had just finished reading a humorous yet compassionate memoir so the first few pages felt like a jarring contrast.    It seemed apparent this was going to contain ugly, brutal and dark scenes and I wondered why on earth I'd chosen to read it.   Those sentiments were short lived though as a few pages in I was desperate for mor
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Lisa
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Donlea’s writing is masterful and keeps your head in the book


SUMMARY
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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Amy
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
4.5/5

Every single time I start a Charlie Donlea book I’m reminded why I still love thrillers. He someone manages to breathe fresh life into the genre with each book and as someone who has been having a super hard time finding a thriller to blow me away, I appreciate this so much. His books just feel really skillful, the kind that have an impeccable attention to detail but are also twisty and gripping so the pages fly by at a rapid pace.

I love a well written story that alternates timelines and pe
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ABCme
May 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thank you Netgalley and Kensington Books for the ARC.

A forty year old cold case gets reopened and we follow Rory as she traces her deceased father's steps into the work of a serial killer.
A nice enough entertaining read, with believable characters, but nothing I haven't read dozens of times before.
Maranda
JUST TO SAY 5 STARS * is NOT ENOUGH!! Two tales in one novel with the strings attached. In 2019 Rory Moore has a talent for cold case evaluation. When her father dies it falls to her to settle his lawyer business and his estate. In 1979 Angela Mitchell is a wife and a women who has fought a form of autism all her life. Gruesome serial killer who is known as the Thief is after decades scheduled to be paroled. Charlie Donlea is amazing at character development and holding a readers' interest page ...more
Jan
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Not bad, but not great.

No real suspense or even the 'slow build up to the big reveal' intensity.
The mystery surrounding the missing Angela Mitchell was the highlight, but I figured things just over the halfway mark.

I’ll end as I began: not bad, but not great.

ARC provided by NetGalley
Adrian Dooley
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a cracking read. Lean and certainly mean, its a beast of a book, a real page turner.

Our main protagonist Rory is a forensic re-constructionist. She usually works on legacy cases, sifting through the clues and seeing what others have missed. Socially awkward, she keeps herself to herself and has few friends.

When her father dies suddenly, she is left to look after his estate, which includes his one man law firm. She passes all but one of his cases on to other firms but a judge insists that
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Sarah
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The story flicks between present day with Rory and back to 1979 with Angela who has growing concerns over the disappearance of young women.

I enjoyed that this wasn’t your stereo typical detective thriller. Rory is far from one for a start, but her choice of career means that she is still very much in the thick of it and even though she is taking a break, her interest is piqued enough the more she discovers about Angela and the disappearance of the women.

I really had no clue where the author was
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Judy Collins
Raw, Chilling, and Emotional.

Donlea’s most ambitious and BEST yet! He gets better and better with each book.

Book Giveaway Contest May 15-May 31 Enter Here US Only. (1 of 1) Hardcover Signed Copy.

Bestselling thriller author Charlie Donlea returns following his 2018 hit, Don’t Believe It My Top Books of 2018 with his latest, SOME CHOOSE DARKNESS. A mix of hard-boiled and contemporary—Dark and gritty. Utterly captivating and absorbing!

With smart tactics, Donlea skillfully creates a “kill
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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
In 1979, a serial killer was arrested, but jailed for only a single murder - that of Angela Mitchell whose body was never found. Now, after forty years of incarceration, ‘The Thief’ is finally being recommended for parole.
In 2019, Rory Moore, a talented and dogged forensic crime reconstructionist, is forced to put her law degree to use when her father passes away, and she is required to represent his long time client at his parole hearing.
Rory is baffled by the forty year clandestine relationshi
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Bailey
Throughout Some Choose Darkness we follow Rory Moore, a forensic reconstructionist at the top of her field. In the midst of a personal hiatus her father suddenly passes, leaving to her all of the clients of his one-man law firm. As she sorts out his affairs Rory discovers that for years her father has been handling the assets of the notorious serial killer known as The Thief. Unable to pass his case off to anyone else, Rory is forced to see a convicted him through his parole, struggling to unpac ...more
Erin
This is my second Charlie Donlea book and it most definitely will not be my last!

On the surface Some Choose Darkness may seem like your typical formulaic mystery/thriller, but with a blend of past and present narration and an in-depth focus on several characters, it is so much more than that.

This book has an engaging storyline, well-developed characters and one heck of an emotional punch.

But the best part, my favourite part, is the normalisation of Autism. ASD gets a bad rap, mostly because it
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Jamie
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Oh, Charlie Donlea, I wait for your books every single year and they never ever disappoint!!!!!!! Told in multiple timelines where secrets from the past help reveal the present, we are brought into the mystery of the serial killer The Thief in Some Choose Darkness. Donlea has a knack for fleshing out the most interesting characters and he does so here in sometimes lawyer-sometimes doll restoration expert Rory Moore. Following the trail and learning how the two stories come together is always a t ...more
Annie
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5* Another great read by Mr. Donlea, and he's clearly become one of my most anticipated authors these days. SOME CHOOSE DARKNESS has everything I look for in a mystery novel. A cold case with loose ends, a creepy serial killer, with a plan, and different points of view for past and present storylines. But the most important aspect for me is the connection you feel with the characters, and Donlea has completely outdone himself here. Angela and Rory felt incredibly real and they were amazing cha ...more
Siobhan Bejr
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charlie Donlea is by far my favourite author! Not once have I been let down by his books!

'The Woman in Darkness' brought out a new style in Donlea's writing and I must say, I am impressed.
Unlike 'The Girl Who Was Taken' and 'Don't Believe It', this one doesn't quite have the heart racing suspense and the 'who-done-it' feel. I would almost describe it as a similar style to Thomas Harris in the way he writes 'Silence of the Lambs' and 'The Red Dragon'.
Fairly early on in the novel you discover th
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Denise
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you don't want to see the truth, even if it is right in front of you.

Rory Moore followed in her father's footsteps and became an attorney. She doesn't, however, practice law as she has some personal issues that led her instead to a career as a forensic reconstructionist and she works exclusively for the Murder Accountability Project (yes, that's a real thing) and the Chicago Police Department. Her job is to figure out details about a murder that others involved might have missed to bri
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Donna Hines
Never have I read a book in which I was drawn in from the start and had no way to exit until it was over.
This is one of those thrillers you can't put down (even when you must go pick up your kids from the movies) and must put it down. Just sayin'
It was a rainy miserable windy day here in Northeastern Pa but this book heated up with multiple pov's, dual timelines ('79-81), and dual feminine heroines.
Folks this has it all and believe me you will be creeped out by the forensic reconstructionist an
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Tina Woodbury
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is everything I look for in a thriller – mystery, intrigue, and misdirection!

Some Choose Darkness is about two strong, talented, relentless women, living decades apart from each other. In 1975 Angela is a bit of a loner. She is happily married, but life has not always been easy for her. She has many idiosyncrasies that have plagued her all her life. One of these is becoming transfixed on something and not being able to let go. Five women in Chicago have gone missing and she believes th
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Charlie Donlea is the USA TODAY and International bestselling author of SUMMIT LAKE, THE GIRL WHO WAS TAKEN and DON'T BELIEVE IT. His fourth novel, SOME CHOOSE DARKNESS to be released May 28, 2019. He resides in Chicago with his wife and two young children.

He spends a part of each year fishing with his father in the far reaches of Canada, where the roads end and lakes are accessible only by floatp
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