Chasing Darkness Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The most dangerous place to hide is in the dark....
A tough special agent with the Department of Justice and a dedicated single mother to her orphaned nephews, Samantha Chase is unbreakable. Until two women, both from the shadows of Sam's past, are discovered strangled. For Sam, the most unnerving detail is the eucalyptus branch tucked behind the victims' ears - the signature of a notorious serial murderer already convicted and executed for his crimes.
To Detective Nick Thomas, the only link to the copycat killings is Sam herself. And when she becomes the target of threats - each one more menacing than the last - his feelings for her just might jeopardize the case.
But to understand the killer's twisted motive is to explore Sam's past - and a crime she's spent a lifetime trying to bury....
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 41 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||October 30, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #172,695 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#3,502 in Police Procedural Mysteries
#6,742 in Romantic Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
#9,645 in Psychological Thrillers (Books)
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I did like the multiple points of view, and most of the characters are complex and genuine. However, there is a gaping hole in the plot (explained further in the spoiler section below). The motive for murder is clear, but the other things the murderer does don't make sense and are never quite explained.
There is also a problem with time jumps that are difficult to recognize and place properly in the story's timeline. One chapter will finish in the present and the next will take place one week ago, and there is no way to tell that you've jumped back by a week. In terms of pacing and suspense, this must have seemed necessary, but more skillful storytellers manage to keep everything in order.
- Gerry is especially well-drawn, but his exit feels too easy - once you figure out what he's not doing, it's not clear what he has been doing or planning to do.
- Why frame Sam? It's a bit much to believe that the killer would deliberately implicate Sam. Some of the evidence is planted by someone else, but some of it is defintely left by the killer with the cold-blooded calculation that it will lead the police to Sam. In fact, I find it difficult to believe he has the presence of mind to cover his tracks as well as he does. It also doesn't make sense that he would frame his brother, but he's obviously using their resemblance to his advantage. Moreover, he has to have been planning to do it for some time, given that he must have been covering up his improvement in physical therapy for at least a year - or more. At the time of the killings, he doesn't know that Rob caused the accident, so that's not the motive. I found him rather unbelievable as the killer. Of all the characters, the boys are the least genuine. We don't really get a good feel for the mess in their heads.
Child abuse is appalling and the subject of this plot. I won't go into the synopsis as that has been done by many reviewers, but discuss the effect this novel had on me.
Danielle Girard lured me into the story with the first page. I read it while waiting in the car for my husband to run errands in town and went to a meeting. I read it leaning against walls in the shopping centre, while I waited for him to buy things, get lunch for us and fill the car with fuel. Every time he came back - poor man - I felt resentful because I needed to find out what happened next - fast!
The plot was tight and scary. Although I knew everything would come right in the end (it has to, right?)every turn of the screw had me desperately worried for Sam's safety and that of her family. The characters were people in whom I invested a great deal of care and concern. When I finished reading - the ending was a shock - late last night, I immediately cranked up my kindle (while lying in bed) to buy and download the next two books in the series. I read Ruthless Games and finished it by 3am!
A truly terrific book :)
Nick Thomas is a Detective in San Francisco who seems to care for and just after Sam Chase. The book quickly starts off with Nick calling Sam to a crime scene with the same M.O. matching a convicted murderer that died years earlier on death row. From that moment the book moves at a great pace.
The only spots I felt dragged and seemed to halt the flow of the book were the chapters written in the voice of Whittney, a seven or eight year old, annoying, brat of a child. Things are mispronounced like an uneducated child might speak, and I had to endure the prattling of a snotty girl.
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It was hard to justify the motivations for some characters' behaviours. They were a little comic book in my opinion, but her bold bright coloured heros kept leaping and bounding until all the villains are all delivered wrapped in a 'spidey' web on her 'doorstep' in the end.
I marked it down one star since there were a lot of apostrophes missing which was quite annoying. I will give other books by her a look, though.
Great characters fantastic story line in all a very good take with many red herrings.