Book Review #12: In The Dark

Author: Chris Patchell

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction (adult)

Language: English

Publication: Kindle Press

Date of Publication: August 4, 2015

Number of pages: 488


If only teenage angst and a horrible boss were the only things that Marissa Rooney had to worry about. While one daughter is being a typical teenager, her oldest child Brooke goes missing. And this is worrying her more because Brooke is diabetic and she doesn’t have her medicine with her.

What does a single mom, 15 year old teenager and a diabetic college student have in common? A past that has decided to hold them captive.


I love cliff-hanging psychological thrillers. The adrenaline rush that you get out of reading a good thriller is extremely addictive. I was given this book on ARC in exchange for an honest review.

In the dark by Chris Patchell lives up to its chosen name and cover image. The plot line involves the reader from the start of the novel and will ensure that you do not keep the book down until the complete mystery has been unraveled. The genre of the book is justified by the excellent use of dark and mysterious imageries. The element of darkness has been given a metaphorical and literal dimension which definitely adds on to the narrative of the book and enriches the novel. The characters justified the story of the book completely and I didn’t find them lacking in any order.

The author has used a simple style of writing with simple and yet graphic description of the background so as to contribute to the element of thrill and mystery. The tone of narration and style of writing complemented each other well and made the whole experience of teading this book quite enjoyable.

Only one negative; The romance between the lead character Marissa with the lead detective Seth is under developed which left me somewhat unsatisfied in middle of a good thriller, which is not a good feeling. I am not asking for sleazy encounters of passion. But the spark of romance can be explored further.

My Rating: 4 out of 5


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