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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  2,758 ratings  ·  335 reviews
In Daglicht zien we Iris, een jonge succesvolle advocate, die worstelt met het combineren van haar carrière met de zorg voor haar moeilijk opvoedbare zoontje. En we hebben Ray, die is veroordeeld voor de moord op zijn buurvrouw en zijn straf uitzit in een tbs-kliniek. Hij houdt bij hoog en laag vol dat hij onschuldig is.
Op het eerste gezicht lijken Iris en Ray, weinig met
Paperback, 308 pages
Published June 2008 by Anthos (first published 2008)
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Diane S ☔
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Iris, is a full grown woman, a part time lawyer with a young somewhat difficult child of her own, when she finds out she has a brother she knew nothing about. Not only that but he is a convicted murderer currently incarcerated in a mental facility. As he maintains he is innocent, on finally meeting him Iris decides to review his case.

Told in alternating chapters, Iris tells her story and Ray tells his past and present. Although slow in the beginning this is a finely written novel, an interes
Damian Dubois
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Since I received this book free from the publisher I guess I feel obligated that I should write a few words about it. Well, maybe later.

But all I'll say right now is that I picked where this book was headed so the ending wasn't that big of a surprise for me. This book had earned at least three stars up until the main character entertained a thought so stupid that it instantly caused that third star to implode leaving two dullish looking stars left in the night sky.

Marion Pauw just may be the a
A very good psychological thriller with two endearing main characters, especially Ray, a bitch mother and a deep family secret.
I wonder why Scandinavian authors are so talented for the dark, gruesome tales of crime ... Well, the fact is that whatever the reasons, some of the best thrillers I've read are Swedish, Danish or Dutch, and "Girl in the dark" is no exception.
Everyone that likes this genre will certainly like this book.
May 31, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, may-2016
This reminded me of Reconstructing Amelia in that it was really really dumb and felt like it was written by a 12 year old. BUT, it was still kind of a page turner, and if it had been marketed as a YA thriller it could have been okay.
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So brilliant. No book of Girl In The Dark by Marion Pauw should be left on the book shelf in any book shop. All thriller fans should order your copy now, I can assure you all that you will not be disappointed. Each of the chapters of the story are told in turn by the voices of Ray and Iris. Ray became obsessed with his neighbour Rosita and her young daughter Anna. He was sentenced by the judge for the murder of Rosita and Anna. Iris is a lawyer she is assigned to Peter Van Benschop he has been u ...more
This smooth, easy read is flirting dangerously with a fifth star. The only reason I'm holding it back is because it was just so smooth and easy and straightforward that I wonder if I'll remember it a year from now. If I do, I'll bump it up a star. Really well written, clear, smart, and nicely paced. I'll definitely be looking for more by Marion Pauw. ...more
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Girl in the Dark by Marion Pauw is a very highly recommended thriller/mystery told through the distinct voices of two different characters. This is Pauw's American debut novel.

The first character we meet is Ray Boelens. Ray was convicted and imprisoned for killing his neighbor Rosita Angeli and her four-year-old daughter, Anna. He's now being moved to a forensic psychiatric institute. It is clear that Ray is on the Autism spectrum and has a difficult time with emotions and reading the motives of
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Iris Kaselstein is having trouble coping with all the demands on her. In her work life, she is a lawyer representing a client she despises and whose coworkers think she is not qualified for her position. In her private life, she’s a single mother with a three-year-old son whose aggressive and disruptive behaviour in his day care causes constant interruptions when she is called to pick him up and whose mother seems to vacillate between indifference and cruel criticism. Since her mother refuses to ...more
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great page-turner.
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not usually a huge thriller and mystery fan. I've read Gillian Flynn's work and loved it, but I usually have to be in the right mood. So I didn't have huge expectations when I began reading this book. But I have to say, I absolutely loved it!

Firstly, the story line was really interesting and intriguing. It reminded me a bit of Dark Places by Flynn. The constant suspense and plot twists kept me intrigued when reading, and I honestly couldn't put the book down. I ended up finishing it in a day
Lawyer to scumbags Iris finds out she has a secret brother in jail for murdering a woman and her four year old child. She decides to visit and becomes interested in appealing his case due to his insistence of innocence. Alternating between her and Ray's POV, this is a dark, Dutch tale.

Unfortunately, I'm not sure whether the translation is poor, or the story arc is just not very compelling. I was compelled enough to finish, but figured out the story fairly early on (a plot device mentioned one to
Natasha Niezgoda
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-thrillers
I would rate this book 3.5 stars (if possible). It was an easy read. I think I liked the narrative most. The plot line is somewhat predictable. And thus, the end was predictable. But nonetheless, it was entertaining enough to read over a four day period.
Iris Kastlestein is a lawyer and single mother of a “difficult” child. During his week-long suspension from daycare she discovers she has an older brother, one that her mother has hidden from her. Her investigation brings her to an institution for the criminally insane. Dubbed the “Monster Next Door” her brother Ray is accused of killing his beautiful neighbor Rosita and her little girl Anna. Although all the evidence in the records points to Ray’s guilt, Iris decides to take on the case for his ...more
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of Girl in the Dark from William Morrow Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This book was written by an up-and-coming Dutch author, and it definitely kept my interest throughout. The story is told from two alternating perspectives - that of Iris, a single mom and a part-time attorney, and Ray, her imprisoned autistic brother that she had no knowledge of. The story revolves around the reason that Ray is in prison - the murder of his neighbor and her little girl. The sto ...more
Susan Cippele
Disappointing. This was a fast read but honestly I don't get where all the praise is coming from. I thought the writing was just ok, the plot a bit slow until the end, and the ending a bit too much. I guess it was a plot twist but I saw part of it coming and the when thing seemed awfully contrived. ...more
Jun 11, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Simplistic writing with mostly one dimensional characters. The original Dutch title was Daylight. It seems American publishers think that anything with "girl" in the title will sell. This book apparently was written to be shocking but it's just plain boring. I got half way through and gave up. ...more
Julie-ann James
First half great. Second half like she remembered she needed to be somewhere and just raced through it.
I went into this with high hopes but guessed the ending around 50 pages in. In addition, the conclusion had many loose threads and inconsistencies, preventing me from being satisfied.
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This isn't like anything I have read before. Seriously captivating and an emotional read. Ray seriously made my heart ache and had me wanting to give him hugs the whole time. ...more
Timothy Glasenapp
Jun 28, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Most anti-climatic, ridiculously lame ending I've read in a long time! ...more
Robert P.
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Set in Holland it provides a nice change of location; it gives the book a good feel and it was really fascinating to see how differently Holland handles prison inmates compared to Canada and the US. The characters (both major and minor) are strong and interesting.
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Ray Palen
The latest in the seemingly endless wave or Nordic crime/thriller writers to invade the bookshelves of the U.S. is author Marion Pauw. GIRL IN THE DARK has already won a literary award for Best Dutch Crime Novel as well as being adapted into a film.

From the title I expected something dark and moody and was surprised to find the novel taking a distinctly different tone. GIRL IN THE DARK is much less Jo Nesbo and actually reminded of something an author like Jodi Picoult might have penned.

With the
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A couldn't-put-down (after it got going) novel by Dutch novelist Marion Pauw, one of the best-selling writers in the Netherlands, first published there in 2009, winner of the Golden Noose Dutch Crime Award, and adapted into a movie. Translation published in the U.S. 2016.

Book is narrated by two people. Iris is a single mother and attorney. Ray is a prisoner, declaring his innocence of the murders he was convicted for. The clues drop slowly, and in the beginning a bit difficult in connecting the
Jul 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"A single mother and lawyer, Iris has a colorful caseload, a young son with behavior issues, and a judgmental mother. She also has a brother—shocking news she uncovers by accident. Why did her mother lie to her for her entire life? Why did she hide the existence of Ray Boelens from her?
Curious about this sibling she has never known, Iris begins to search for long-buried truths. What she discovers surprises—and horrifies—her. Her older brother is autistic—and in prison for brutally murdering his
Louise Mullins
Though I guessed who the killer was from the beginning, Marion's writing made me want to read this novel in days. The protagonist is strong and all of the other characters are well drawn out. In particular Ray, who has autism. Something Marion does is offer the reader a realistic view of a psychological disorder and a very human portrait of a sociopathic mother and a feisty heroine who will stop at nothing to get the answers she needs.

The novel is layered with descriptive prose in its basic form
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A straightforward thriller that sneaks up on you to keep the pages turning.

Iris is a young, successful attorney with a bright future until her young son is born and becomes a "difficult" child. Though she loves her son deeply, she continually questions her ability as a parent, particularly in light of the upbringing she received from her cold and domineering mother.

Her life is further complicated when, by chance, she learns that she has a half-brother, Ray, some fifteen years older, who has been
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was provided this novel as a part of the Book Club Girls.
I normally won't even pick up a book that is told in the alternating narrator format. Haven't enjoyed one told that way for ages. But this was for book club, and I also don't like showing up not having read the book. Turned out to be a page-turner!
A fine enough way to pass a few hours reading, though nothing special; the story lacks enough tension to truly be a psychological thriller. Unlikeable characters and a bit of a flat affect in the language makes it hard for the reader to engage.
Nicole Chavez
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like this thriller/mystery novel. It's told in alternating voices, Iris and Ray. A lawyer, struggling mother who slowly discovers a family secret. It was very well written and I didn't feel like I was wasting my time during any chapters. Looking forward to read more from the author. ...more
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