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Forensic reconstructionist Rory Moore sheds light on cold-case homicides by piecing together crime scene details others fail to see. Cleaning out her late father's law office 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 or clues b
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Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: December 31st 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published April 2nd 2019)
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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
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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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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Lindsay - Traveling Sister
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
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BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
"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 reconstruct
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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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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
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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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Norma * Traveling Sister
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 a
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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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Carrie
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jayme
UPDATED REVIEW! SEE exciting INFO AT THE BOTTOM!!

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 incarcerate
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Phrynne
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-2019
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
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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.

Told
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Liz
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
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Michelle
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
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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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ABookwormWithWine
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 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 years af
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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
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Christina - Traveling Sister
RTC! I know I’m crazy behind but I swear I’ll put up all the reviews next week!!
Mandy White
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019, audible
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.
Janete
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Charlie Donlea's writing.
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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Lisa
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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Aga Durka
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Exciting Stars!!

What can I say...Charlie Donlea did it again!! “Some Choose Darkness” is a chilling, captivating, fast-paced mystery/suspense novel with a one of a kind protagonist, Rory, a forensic reconstructionist who is on the autism spectrum. Once again, I was impressed with author’s ability to write truly suspenseful, gritty, and dark crime fiction novel while keeping his characters interesting and well developed. You cannot help yourself but to quickly connect with Rory, and join her on
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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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Brenda - Host of Traveling Sisters & Friends
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 everyone has become a fan for sure!

We read Some Choose Darkness with a few of our Traveling Sisters and with a few friends on Instagram and of course, we all loved it.

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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 is available now (5/28/19). 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 floatpl
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