In the Dark
The promise of a luxury vacation at a secluded wilderness spa has brought together eight lucky guests. But nothing is what they were led to believe. As a fierce storm barrels down and all contact with the outside is cut off, the guests fear that it’s not a getaway. It’s a trap.
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Maybe In the Dark is also a backward rewrite of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s most famous sonnet, Sonnet 43. “How many ways can I kill you? Let me count the ways?
I hate thee to the depth and breadth and he ...more
This was my first time reading anything by the author, and I enjoyed this one so much I'm gonna have to check out her other novels. This book is kinda like a modern day retelling of the Agatha Christie mystery, And Then There Were None. In fact that book is actually a part of the storyline in this one. Speaking of that, there are quite a few spoilers about And Then There Were None in this book so if you haven't read that one and would like to, make sure you pass on this one ...more
This was awesome! A brilliant read! I could not put it down but at the same time, wanted to prolong my finishing the story because it was that good. In the end I could not resist temptation and had to finish it. I was not disappointed and am still blown away by my first read from White.
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I was lucky enough to receive an Advance Reader Copy of "In the Dark" by Loreth Anne White in exchange for this HONEST review of the book. I was even luckier to receive a paperback copy, with a personal note from Loreth thanking me for my support of her work. If the description of the book doesn't pull you, please let her incredible human nature and relatability make a fan out of you. I digress... on with the review:
I was not previously a fan of Agatha Christie, ...more
The novel opens with narration from the sole unidentified survivor of a terrifying ordeal that has taken place in recent days. The character is being asked to explain what happened to police.
We then go back in time to see the perspective of the detective who arrived on the sce ...more
I’ve been a huge Agatha Christie fan after reading my mom’s vintage copy of “Ten Little Indians”—before it was re-titled “And Then There Were None.” Loreth Anne White’s book, which is an homage to Christie, is one of the best Kindle First Reads choices I’ve made.
This dark crime-fiction has its share of blood, guts and gore via knives, noose, poison, guns, etc. Add to that several references to Stephen King novels. ...more
As with her other books, this one is very atmospheric, the setting is pretty much a character in the book. This time, it's a remote location in northern BC, Canada, beautiful and deadly. It's revealed at the outset that there is a survivor, but that person's identity isn't reveale ...more
If this is your first time reading Loreth Anne White, you will NOT be disappointed. I LOVE her writing, and have read all of her books, starting with A Dark Lure. She is fantastic with using the setting as almost a malevolent character in In the Dark, and the way she draws you in with each character she creates, really makes you care deeply about the story she’s weaving. I hadn’t read the Agatha Christie novel that’s ...more
Like Agatha Christie’s classic, a group of people are lured to a secluded place, and each of these people has a big secret. The book then jumps in time and place from the group to law enforcement trying to figure out what happened.
There were so many complex pasts between the group and the investigators that I couldn ...more
A seemingly random group of adults meet to go into the wilderness on a retreat. Promises of a fantastic lodge and a weekend of fun, with some networking.
Upon arrival via an 8 seat plane, it’s clear something isn’t right. The lodge looks nothing like the pamphlet.
Soon guest start realizing they all have something in common. Something they will go to any lengths to keep from unraveling.
I absolutely adore how Loret ...more
According to at least on reviewer there were too many f--- words used...maybe there are a few more cuss words than necessary, but maybe that's just how the world has become...however, there are not so many that they aren't easily ignored by the average reader...
There were a couple errors in the middle and toward the end that a good editor should have caught...like a cut that appears on a left hand and then is stated to be on the right hand a few pages later and t ...more
I loved this book!
Every time I see a description of a book mentioning other inspiration or being similar works, I am a little hesitant, almost like I don't want to tarnish my memory of the original. But this epic tale had me on my toes. It starts sinister enough with one survivor, we don't know who it is. And than the story unfolds. I enjoyed all the aspects, even the backstory of Mason and Callie, although it wasn't important to the flow of the story. Conversation felt plausibl ...more
I came across this book by accident on amazon prime monthly reads. So happy I took the chance, as it grabbed my interest from the start, and keeps you guessing until the end. Not your usual “somebody gets murdered, and the investigation into who did it” storyline. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever read anything quite like it. The author really knows how to weave a successful, scary and thought provoking novel. One that you won’t forget. Hopefully she wi ...more
Well-plotted with interesting characters. A group of individuals is invited to a remote spa, only to discover that a very different event has been planned. Each member of the group is hiding a secret, and someone wants justice. The story weaves back and forth from events as they happen and the resulting police search, as well as alternating narrative viewpoints. I guessed the perpetrator but more due to luck and lots of familiarity with the genre rather than poor ...more
"In the Dark" is about 9 people, all with a secret, or several secrets, to hide. They are brought together under false pretenses in a remote, Canadian mountain resort. They are unable to escape said resort and as they look deeper into their connections with each other, they start to disappear.
It is an enveloping story. Hard to put down, with a brilliant puppet master at the helm...though even that wasn't enough to anticipate every human reaction. A very enjoyab ...more
Ms White starts the circle wide and w each chapter starts winding it tighter and tighter. A hint to Agatha Christie's "And There Were None" is calculated, but not slick. Characters are carefully drawn so that while I have no personal dealings with Search and Rescue people, Ms White made them feel real.
Read the book, dear readers. You will, probably like me, read it in one sitting.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It was based on the plot of Agatha Christie's Then There Were None. The setting in the wilderness of British Columbia was perfect for the mystery. Sombre, foreboding, wild and majestic describe the land. The characters and the complex chain of events that link them unfold relentlessly. The depravity and beauty that are part of human nature are woven into this story.
I would love to give it ten stars if I could but, unfortunately I can’t. I highly recommend this.
Working from the basic idea of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, Loreth Anne White has come up with a winner. The storyline was interesting, characters were well-developed, and there were few, if any, grammar or punctuation errors. Refreshing! The chapters move back and forth between characters and timeframes, which could confuse some readers, but chapters do have headings. This is a standalone story with NO cliffhangers!
This is a modern take on Survivor mixed with Agatha Christie to make a rather gory but compelling story. This is set in rugged and beautiful northern British Columbia; the setting becomes adds a lot of atmosphere and is a big part of the book. Even though I'm very familiar with Ms. Christine's And Then There Were None this book kept me reading and guessing until the end.
This is a very well-written mystery that really kept me guessing until the end. Little by little you begin to see how the characters all fit together as pieces of their backstories are woven together. Just when I thought I had it figured out the author doled out another curveball.
A three-time RITA finalist, she has also won the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Romantic Crown for Best Romantic Suspense and Best Book Overall, in addition to being a Booksellers’ Best finalist, a multiple Daphne Du Maurier Award finalist, ...more