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This Little Dark Place

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  436 ratings  ·  199 reviews
How well do you know your girlfriend?

How well do you know your lover?

How well do you know yourself?

Daniel and Victoria are together. They're trying for a baby. Ruby is in prison, convicted of assault on an abusive partner.

But when Daniel joins a pen pal program for prisoners, he and Ruby make contact. At first the messages are polite, neutral - but soon they find themselve
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 10th 2019 by Serpent's Tail
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Oct 04, 2019 rated it liked it
This Little Dark Place proved to be different from what I expected. I enjoyed the letter format of the book - that always interests me. Yet, there was something missing for me here that kept me from getting completely into the book.

The book jumps around in timelines and that proved confusing as there were little to no transitions to help guide you at times. Unfortunately, I did not find this one very twisty - I had it figured out early on and was not at all surprised by the ending. Personally,
Julie (JuJu)
“I don’t write this letter to put bitterness into your heart, but to pluck it out of mine. Oscar Wilde, De Profundis”

Unfortunately, this book just didn’t click for me. The premise sounded exciting and I really wanted to like it. I found some parts really interesting and, once in a while, I thought it was getting better, but

I would have enjoyed it so much more if the formatting and setup was different. It doesn’t seem like that big of a deal, right? But there were times when I
 Li'l Owl
A Unique and Captivating, Complete with Mystery and Surprises Around Every Corner!

**August 2033

Thank you for writing to me and for enclosing your photograph. You are as beautiful as I imagined. I have Blu-tacked you to my wall. Before we meet – if we meet – I should warn you: I don’t much resemble the man you may have seen in the papers. That all happened so long ago. (Has it really been sixteen years?) I’m heavier now and that thick mop of black hair is long gone. I don’t want my appearance to
Louise Wilson
Oct 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Daniel and Victoria are trying for a baby. But Daniel starts to feel lonely. He joins a group that sends letters to prisoners. His pen pal is called Ruby. They start writing to each other but its ot long before they start revealing more about themselves.

This story jumps back and forwards from present to past. The pace is slow. The book starts off with a letter to someone called Lucy. This story is about jealousy, anger, grief, loss and frustration to name just a few. It also has an undertone of
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
I wasn't really sure what to expect from This Little Dark Place when I started it. I certainly wasn't ready for the dark and twisty ride that it was. My goodness, it is like nothing you have read before, and that is a good thing. It keeps you guessing right til the very end. I devoured it in 2 sessions, desperate to know what was gointo happen next.

I am not going to say too much about the story so I don't give anything away. It is written as letters by Daniel. We learn about his girlfriend Vic,
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
A.S. Hatch has penned this most interesting debut thriller, which takes the reader on an odd journey, layered in many twists. As the story opens, Dan is writing a letter to someone by the name of Lucy, sharing some of his insights into a life that left him feeling quite empty. After his father’s death at a young age, Dan was forced to see his mother marry a man whose need for control rivalled little else. As Dan came into his own, he ended up meeting Victoria, a young woman with whom he soon fel ...more
Lilith Black Bee
Oct 27, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf
E-ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

DNF at 44%

•  The synopsis. Unfortunately, this is all that I liked in this book...

• 2 big chapters. That's all! When I started the book and saw this, I thought that is something wrong with my e-ARC. But no, there were just 2 chapters. Not saying that this is necessarily a bad thing, but it didn't work well for me. I felt like, even though it's a book under 300 pages, these 2 chapters were pushing
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG.... Every now and then a book comes along that holds you captive from the very first page. You can't really explain why you found the story so captivating,you just know that you couldn't put the book down whilst at the same time you didn't want the story to end. Well,for me This Little Dark Place was one of those books,it's a mesmerising,enthralling read. The tension builds throughout culminating in a totally unexpected twist conclusion.

The story is narrated by Dan in the form of letters as
Tracy Frenette
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A unique thriller that had me hooked from the first page. It's one of the best stories I've read in a while.

The story is told by a man named Daniel in the form of a letter to Lucy. The story is about his girlfriend Victoria and a pen pal Ruby, he had been writing through a pen pal program for prisoners. Throughout various twist and turns that will keep you spinning. The story was just so well written.

A brilliant Debut from A.S. Hatch.
Thank you Serpent's tail and Net galley for the advanced cop
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
“This Little Dark Place” is the debut novel from A.S.Hatch and is indeed a cracking start to his writing career.
This dark and compelling psychological thriller is told entirely through the voice of Daniel, who upon joining a pen pal program for prisoners, befriends a female inmate called Ruby, currently serving a sentence for her violent attack on her abusive partner. I enjoyed how the story was set out in three parts in the form of letters to someone called Lucy, which were clearly written, in
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
That was actually a very good thriller. I enjoyed the suspense, the mystery, the action. Very well-written, composed of a series of questions that one should ask themselves more in life (if paranoid, of course!)
Sep 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Though this was well paced & kept me interested there’s just something about it that bothered me. I did enjoy the letter style format which I thought gave good insight into the narrators reasoning behind his actions. The story did jump around from different time periods with little to no transitions which was a bit annoying, however, I think it’s the ending that’s not sitting well with me. The story builds up throughout and, with the exception of one detail, Felt the way I did about the ending t ...more
Rachel Hall
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well-written and claustrophobic dark psycho thriller debut that draws the reader in superbly..

As Hatch’s impressive debut is a claustrophobic and increasingly creepy dark psychological thriller told in epistolary form that draws the reader in through a combination of a protagonist unravelling what promises to be a grimly intriguing story and descriptive writing that exerts a palpable unease from the off. The novel is told in three long letters written by Daniel in August 2033 and refers back to
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s, ebooks
This book really threw me for a loop. I was so uneasy reading it, it was creepy and a bit odd, which I guess was the point. A good thriller, but man... I'm still really shaken up. Full review soon. ...more
Liz Barnsley
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Review to follow for the tour.
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Compulsive reading, this is an addictive suspenseful psychological thriller like no other.

The plot is unpredictable with lots of twists and turns along with solid engaging characters.
There is also a sense of dread as the story deals with the deep and dark corners of the human psych.

A recommended read to all fellow psychological thrillers enthusiasts.
Thanks Netgalley, the publisher, and the author for an ARC in exchange for a fair review.
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Was it true? Was it even possible? Could a person fall in love with another person simply through letters?

I like the way this book is written in letters, but you really can't tell as it reads like a novel too. I liked the main character, Daniel, his life is not perfect but he's doing the best he can with what he has to deal with. I can't imagine what it's like to have the problems he has had thrown at him...but Daniel is hanging on by his fingernails. The characters are skillfu
Shawna Timms
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh, Mr. Hatch-debut novel!? Bravo!!! It's not too often I finish a novel in a day because, let's be honest, I'm a full time working mom. But This Little Dark Place had me hooked from the very beginning. What's up with Vic? Is Ruby for real? And who the heck is Lucy??? What a captivating read from start to finish. Thank you to Netgalley for my ARC in exchange for an honest review ...more
THIS LITTLE DARK PLACE is the compelling new debut from A.S. Hatch that had me hooked from the first page. It was different from what I expected, although I really didn't know what to expect, but it wasn't the dark and twisty ride that it certainly turned out to be. The reader is left questioning just what exactly is going on which keeps you guessing right up to the end. Nothing is as it seems and leaves only more questions. Even Lucy's identity wasn't forthcoming to me until just before the end ...more
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This Little Dark Place by A.S Hatch is by far my favourite book of 2019. I do not even know where to begin writing to say how good this book was. The characters, plot, twists, suspense and narrative had me on the edge of my seat throughout and I was so sad when it finally came to the end.

I will start with the characters. Each character the reader meets within the novel has been clearly devised through huge amount of research and effort. Each character is fleshed out we learn to think, feel and
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dan and Vic have been together for 5 years. They have been trying to have a baby for a while, but unfortunately with no success. The disappointment and despair have put a distance between them and they are slowly growing apart. Out of loneliness Dan signs up for a pen pal program intended to help prisoners. And that is how he meets Ruby. What follows after is a mess of human emotions and relationships that I just couldn't stop reading about.
Oh,I forgot to tell you about the structure of this no
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copies
As soon as I see the words "psychological thriller" I'm ALL in! This Little Dark Place is a debut novel by A.S Hatch ...

I feel like a bit of the magic was lost on me at the beginning because my kindle copy was very choppy which left me confused. My copy didn't have chapters and at times things felt a bit run on. With that being said once I found a rhythm I was invested and didn't want to put it down. The characters were very well developed and intriguing, the storyline was interesting and one t
Angharad Morgan
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
The sort of book you want to devour in one sitting (I had to deliberately pace myself in order to be able to enjoy it a bit longer!).

The plot kept me hooked - there are several different mysteries cleverly intertwined which keep the reader guessing. The various twists/resolutions to each of those mysteries provide a very satisfying pay-off.

It's not all just plot, though - AS Hatch's prose is so skillful as to seem effortless, and really brings the characters and settings to life.

Overall, a nove
Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Do we truly know everyone in our life? Can you trust everything, everyone tells you?

Daniel and Victoria are happy, they are even trying for a baby. But, like every couple they have their issues.

Ruby is in prison for attempted murder. When Daniel stumbles on a pen pal scheme to write to prisoners, he inadvertently welcomes Ruby into his life. What develops is a story full of mystery.

I liked the format of being told the story through letters ✉️ though sometimes some of the descriptive writing fe
Kim Ebner
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Diving in to this book I knew nothing about it, and I think that’s the best way to get the most out of this read. I just loved this book, and although the tension built slowly I couldn’t put this one down. Thank you lock down, for giving me the time to sink my teeth into this one and allowing me the luxury of reading it flat out for two days!

This is a story about love, obsession and betrayal. It’s narrated by Daniel who is writing to someone named Lucy, and his story unfolds through his letters.
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you’re looking for a dark, tense Halloween read then This Little Dark Place is the one for you !!

Daniel and Victoria are a young couple struggling to have a baby. This infringes on their relationship and Daniel struggles to connect with Victoria and finds himself becoming close to Ruby a prisoner who he writes to on a pen pal scheme. This online relationship allows them both to discuss their deepest thoughts without having to meet physically.

Daniels mum dies leaving him a run down cottage w
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The novel is written in the first person by Daniel, as a letter to Lucy. It is a slow burn of a story, as our narrator describes his upbringing and his marriage to Victoria. One lonely night, Daniel joins an online pen pal site to correspond with prison inmates. spoilers. This very original book was suspenseful and ominous and I couldn’t put it down. What a good book!
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Special thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for the honest review.

4 stars.

Story is narrated by Dan in the form of letters to Lucy. The letters outline his relationships with his wife, Victoria, and his prison pen-pal Ruby. Well written debut with many twists and turns that cause the reader to change their opinions of said characters. Overall, 4 stars.
Susan Hampson
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
The story is told in the form of letters to a woman called Lucy, by Daniel who is a very likable character. He is open and honest going way back to when he was much younger up to the point that he falls in love with Victoria and gets married. He is easy going, a little bit too much and supports his beautiful wife in anything she wants to do.
Daniel gets involved with a penpal system where he writes to an inmate in prison called Ruby, who swears that she has been wrongfully convicted of a violent
Joanne Robertson
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This Little Dark Place is a debut that completely knocked me for six with its dark and foreboding tension and slow, simmering seduction of our senses. Everything about this book worked for me and as soon as I turned the last page, I just wanted to start it all over again.

Daniel and Victoria are a young couple who are trying for a baby. And as anyone who’s ever struggled to get pregnant knows, it gets very stressful when your life revolves around ovulation and cycles. It’s also an extremely emoti
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