I have recently partnered with Partners in Crime Tours to bring you book reviews of some new and exciting books. Today I present my sixth review for Partners in Crime, the first book written by a woman, Into the Dark by Stacy Green.
Into the Dark
Muse It Up Publishing
PUBLICATION DATE: 10/29/2012
# OF PAGES: 292
A two-hundred-mile labyrinth of dark storm drains serves as a refuge for the delusional stalker who will go to any lengths to possess fragile, emotionally isolated Emilie Davis. To survive, Emilie will have to confront the secrets of her past she has kept locked away from everyone, including herself. Emilie is a master escape artist—she’s fled a manipulative mother and a controlling ex-husband. But it’s impossible to evade a stalker who uses a bank robbery as a ruse to kidnap her. He’s still out there, hiding in the Las Vegas tunnels and dodging police. Emilie’s life careens out of control as her assailant continues his pursuit. She has nowhere to turn but to Nathan Madigan, the hostage negotiator who worked the robbery. Nathan is haunted by his failure to protect a loved one fourteen years ago and dedicates his life to saving others. Determined to catch the lunatic hunting Emilie, he finds himself losing his professional detachment. He fears history is about to repeat itself if he cannot protect Emilie from the Taker’s obsession.
The police close in on the Taker’s identity as Nathan and Emilie grow closer to each other and to resolving the misery of their own pasts. At the height of The Taker’s madness, his attempt to replace someone he’s lost will either kill them all or set them free.
Raised in southeastern Iowa, Stacy Green grew up watching crime shows with her parents, so her love of suspense and psychological thrillers is no surprise. She’s fascinated by the workings of the criminal mind and explores true crime on her popular Thriller Thursday posts at her blog, Turning the Page.
After earning her degree in journalism, Stacy worked in advertising before becoming a
stay-at-home mom to her miracle child. She rediscovered her love of writing and wrote several articles for a city magazine before penning her first novel. She shelved the long drama and began working on a suspense book set in Las Vegas, featuring a heroine on the edge of disaster, a tormented villain, and the city’s infamous storm drains that house hundreds of homeless.
Into The Dark is suspense with a dash of romance, and Stacy is hard at work on her next book, a darker, grittier thriller set in the Deep South.
When she’s not writing, she spends all her time with her precocious daughter, supportive husband, and their three obnoxious but lovable canine children.
Follow Stacy online at her Blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Web site.
EXCERPT FROM INTO THE DARK:
MY OPINION OF INTO THE DARK:
Into the Dark is a quick read. By quick I mean I read half the book in a little over an hour. I love it when books are so well written and entertaining that you don't want to stop reading.
There are plenty of fully developed characters to both cheer and jeer for in this book. There's also a love scene or two thrown in for good measure. Just when you think you may know who to like, things happen that make you question your thoughts. Is this person really a bad guy? Is that person really a good guy? Into the Dark keeps you guessing in a good way.
Stacy Green has done a good job writing Into the Dark. It appears she did a lot of research on both storm drains (really creepy but good descriptions on those and the people who live in them) and New Orleans architecture and the indigenous Creole people of Louisiana. She provides quite detailed descriptions throughout the book, allowing the reader to form accurate visual images...at least of New Orleans. I'm not familiar with storm drains, so I can't confirm those visual images. :)
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