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Some Choose Darkness

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This was a hard one for me to get into. For a year I'd pick it up every now and then and read a few pages. I got to about a quarter of the way through when things clicked into place for me. Overall this was a solid book. The characters are flawed but they're real. I liked the fact that Rory has social anxiety because that's something I struggle with. Rory is very competent at her job. I felt for Angela Mitchell. Both women are strong in their own way despite their idiosyncrasies. I'm glad I never gave up on this one! It's a great read and I'm already onto book number two!
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Charlie Donlea erupted from the publishing gate an accomplished author, so no surprise what a riveting novel is SOME CHOOSE DARKNESS, the first in an electrifying new series,  starring an unusual protagonist, forensic reconstructionist Rory Moore and partner Lane Phillips, founder of the Murder Accountability Project and inventor of an algorithm to recognize and identify homicide trends. Rory has a rather unique mind-set, in some ways akin to Asperger's Syndrome, so her work is almost all mental, psychological, intuitive, or research. Herein is where the novel becomes really complicated and also profoundly disturbing. Without spoiling, I'll just say that Rory is suddenly and unexpectedly thrust into a case from 1979, and author Donlea so capably delineates the autistic genius housewife who different mental organization identified the killer plus a pattern reaching back a decade, at least. It is following her and learning how she had bern treated all her life and watching as unwittingly the noose of danger tightens around her, that I found so incredibly perturbing, unsettling, painful--and tremendously engrossing. 

SOME CHOOSE DARKNESS was released in May 2019; Book Two, THE SUICIDE HOUSE, will be released in July 2020.
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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 case that she can’t shake. A convicted murderer who has been in prison for the last forty years is set to be released on parole and her father was his attorney. While she dreads having to face the courtroom and public eye on such an infamous case, she is deeply drawn into the clients’ history and solving the many unanswered questions.

I have read and loved all of Charlie Donlea’s books and this is no exception! He has the magical writing formula that makes his novels undeniably captivating, addictively suspenseful and heart-poundingly unforgettable. He creates vivid and fascinating characters that engross and wrap you up in the story from page one. He consistently provides an absolutely fantastic read leaving me itching to read his next work!

I absolutely adored the main characters in this book! They were strong, flawed, unique females who I was fully invested in from start to finish. Donlea included characters on the autism spectrum within the story, leaving an impactful impression. I truly felt for these characters, immersed in their world, getting a serious glimpse into their minds and struggles. It was eye-opening, engrossing and heart wrenching.

Warning: the crimes involved within the plot are very dark, creepy and disturbing. Though they made me uncomfortable while reading them, it heightened the suspense and fueled my fascination to find out how things would come together in the end.

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Thank you to NetGalley, Kensington Books and Charlie Donlea for providing me with an ARC to read and review!
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Someone needs to make a movie if this book ASAP. I enjoyed every page, and instantly wanted more. 

This is a must read!

I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
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Excellent!. I loved this even more than his book. The writing pulled me in on the first page. The setting was so vivid. A tense and fast read. I lived the twists and I didn't figure it out. Just when I thought I did it went another direction.Excellent.
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Title: Some Choose Darkness

Author : Charlie Donlea

Genre: mystery


The truth is easy to miss, even when it’s right in front of us. As a 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 a week after his burial, she receives a call that plunges her into a decades-old case come to life once more.   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 from a mysterious woman named Angela Mitchell, whose unorthodox investigation skills appear to have led to his identity. But before they could question her, Angela disappeared. Forty years later, The Thief is about to be paroled for Angela’s murder—the only crime the DA could pin on him. But the cryptic file Rory finds in her father’s law office suggests there is more to the case, and Angela Mitchell, than what was fed to the public, the details of which have been buried for four decades.   Rory’s talents are tested as she begins reconstructing Angela’s last days. Making one startling discovery after another, Rory becomes helplessly entangled in the enigma of Angela Mitchell and what happened to her. Drawing connections between the past and present, Rory uncovers dark truths about the reclusive victim, her father, and the man called The Thief that send her down a twisting trail where things may not be as they appear. As she continues to dig, even Rory can’t be prepared for the full, terrifying truth that is emerging . . .

My thoughts

Would I recommend it? Yes

Would I read anything else by this author? Yes

This was my first time reading anything by this author and while I did like it and enjoyed reading it , there was times I want to put it down because of how slow it seemed to go , I did love however the way the author told the story from both the present and the past , and the way she brings to live Angela and how people treated others who was on the autism spectrum. But one thing I wish it went into a little more bit details àbout was Roy's job as

forensic reconstructionist,but over all it was still good ,with that said I want to thank NetGalley for letting me read and review it .
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What a page turner this book was!  I picked this book up because I was in the mood for a thriller and had been hearing good things about this book.  It definitely didn't disappoint!  One of the things that I enjoyed about this book was the short chapters that kept me unable to set this book down.  The book was fast paced to begin with - then you add in the short chapters and I just couldn't stop reading.  I also really liked Rory's character.  She was unique in ways that I didn't expect but it left me so intrigued by her character.  The book is told in two parts - one is Rory's current investigation into what happened to Angela Mitchell and the other part is told from Angela Mitchell's viewpoint so many years ago.  The author went between the two storylines seamlessly and in a way that just added to the overall level of suspense.  I remember thinking when I finished this book (which is sadly a few months ago now) that this is what a good suspenseful mystery/thriller should be like.  It was just that kind of book!  I didn't want to stop reading, couldn't wait to see what happened next, and was completely invested in how everything was going to turn out.  What more could you really ask for?  

I don't want to give anything away so I'm going to leave my thoughts on this one short and sweet.  It's an author that I cannot wait to read more of though and a book that made it on my top reads list for 2019.  I'm excited that I have backlist books of his to look forward to plus I believe he has a new one releasing in 2020.  I'll definitely be keeping that book high on my radar after enjoying this one so much!  Highly recommended!

Bottom Line:  A top ten read for me in 2019 - I feel like that says it best!

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley.  I ended up reading a copy courtesy of my local library.  Honest thoughts are my own.
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Some choose darkness, others are chosen by it.

   What a brilliant book! Charlie Donlea’s spellbinding storytelling had me completely riveted. Pulse pounding, dark, engrossing, disturbing, intelligent, twisted, compulsive, thrilling. I truly don’t think I could ask for much more from a thriller. 

   Rory works on cold cases reenacting the crime scenes. When her father passes away she is tasked with cleaning up his law offices. She is able to pawn off all of his cases but one. The case is over 40 years old and it involves a criminal dubbed The Thief convicted of killing his wife and currently up for parole. Rory is intrigued by what drew her father to this case involving a possible serial killer. The story jumps around between 1979 and the present. I was completely captivated by this addictive tale that kept me on the edge of my seat. Rory was a unique character so strong, so smart, and yet still so exposed. She is also on the autism spectrum. This was something she had in common with the 1979 victim Angela and I believe it was something handled extremely well in the story. This is a dark gritty thriller that will appeal to anyone who enjoys darker thrillers, cold cases, and remarkable storytelling.

This book in emojis. 📦 🖤 🗄 🤍 📁 💓

*** Big thanks to Kensington for my copy of this book ***
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Some Choose Darkness is a creepy serial killer mystery that is captivating and suspenseful. This book explores the mindset of serial killers as it weaves the stories of the main character Rory with a string of murders that took place in the 70's. The characterization is great, plotting is excellent and the creepy suspense is outstanding! It is thrilling and held my interest throughout. I highly recommend this book. I would like to thank Netgalley, the publisher and the author for providing me with an advance reader copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion of this book. 
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Some Choose Darkness by Charlie Donlea is a twisted psychological thriller. I found the main character Rory and her quest fascinating. Her childhood memories are more than a little disturbing and the quest she takes on, well it is full of unexpected twists and turns. I enjoy this genre and found this book to be one of the best that I've read in the genre in quite a while. Readers of psychological thrillers will adore this book. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.
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*5 Stars* 

Copy kindly received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Whoaaaaa! This book was so amazing. It had me hooked right from the very start, and as I slowly started forming my own opinions and wondering who did what, who was the suspect, and how everyone else linked in together, I was thrown even more things to think about.

I found that whilst I was on point for some, other parts of this story really surprised me, and others not so much. 

I really liked our main present day character Rory, and I also felt it easy to like our main character from the past, Angela, as well. It's also interesting to have main characters who have their own personal quirks and issues, particularly with Autism being one of them. I found it very interesting to read the level of intelligence of people with Autism, as a main character of a novel, and think it's a wonderful thing that Donlea has done to highlight certain aspects of this. Particularly with the time difference in this one, with the case spanning from the past to present over such a long time frame, and how social aspects play into this as well.

This novel has layers upon layers, and characters upon characters that all fit together in the end (some you will see coming), and it had me hanging on to the edge of my seat with every word. I stayed up as late as I could possibly bring myself to on a work night, and I was disappointed each time my work breaks would be over and I had to stop reading. Such was the need I had to finish this book and find out all the answers.

An unputdownable read, I highly recommend, and truly look forward to more from Charlie Donlea.
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Captivating, suspenseful, entertaining novel! This beautiful thriller kept me on the edge of my seat while I was reading it! Would highly recommend to those who enjoy this genre.
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She’s talented. Perhaps it all started when she was younger and her great aunt showed her how to repair porcelain dolls or it’s her own strict attention to detail, Rory is great at her job. As a forensic reconstructionist, Rory gives everything she has, when she is working. It begins with the task of restoring a porcelain doll which belongs to a grieving father and extends to Rory tending to her father’s affairs after his death. Rory attention to detail, investigation and competition extends to all aspects of her life, no matter the outcome.

Reconnecting with her great aunt in a new environment, Rory uses the toy to try to reconnect her great aunt to the real world. The simple closing of her father’s business, after his death, turns into a major undertaking as she uncovers some information about her father. Where exactly that puts Rory now that she is part of her father’s business is another question she has to consider?

I thought this was a fast read and I couldn’t put it down/stop thinking about it after I got about halfway through it. I liked the twists and turns that this novel provided in the second half. I enjoyed the characters and I liked that Rory felt like a normal, everyday person. I enjoyed the drama. I couldn’t get too comfortable, as something would change in the novel and I would have to readjust my thinking. This is my first novel by this author but I am looking forward to more by Charlie. 4.5 stars

I received a copy of this novel from Kensington Publishing Co. & NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion. - thank you!
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A fast paced gripping thriller. Well developed characters, an amazing intrincated structure and so many twists and turns, plus the writer has a brilliant style.
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Some Choose Darkness

by Charlie Donlea

I am very conflicted as I finish Charlie Donlea’s Some Choose Darkness. The reason? It turned out to be more of a thriller than I had anticipated. This reader’s taste leans towards Agatha Christie and cozy mysteries. I cut my teeth on Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. I avoid thrillers because they stir me up too much. I chose to read Some Choose Darkness because I had read a book by Donlea previously and enjoyed it. Somehow I did not expect an intense work of fiction about a serial killer. The problem is that although in some ways I didn’t enjoy reading it, I felt compelled to finish the tale, to make all of the pieces fit together. Donlea has masterfully crafted a thriller with so many layers and connections that rapid page turning is a necessity. Add to the plot not one, but two characters with autism and obsessive/compulsive disorder and this retired teacher is all over it.

I would like to extend my thanks to and to Kensington Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5/5

Category: Mystery and Thriller

Publication:   May 28, 2019—Kensington Books

Memorable Lines:

With Lane’s reputation as a forensic psychologist and criminal profiler for the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit, and Rory’s credentials as a reconstructionist who pieced together the very findings the algorithm looked for, they made the perfect team. Police departments listened to their conclusions, and many had started using Lane’s software to track homicides on their own. 

Like a tuning fork that has been tapped, the vibration from the mystery surrounding the woman was at once barely audible but yet impossible to ignore.

Rory’s greatest gift was her ability to piece together cold cases, to pore over the facts and discover things other investigators missed until a picture of the crime—and sometimes the perpetrator—became clear in her mind. Her understanding of a killer’s thinking and motive came from examining the carnage he left behind.
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BOOK REVIEW: Some Choose Darkness by Charlie Donlea

Description- A modern master of suspense, critically acclaimed author Charlie Donlea returns with a taught, gripping novel about deadly secrets hiding in plain sight.....

Well, he's done it again!
This story is not one to miss.....and I'm not a thriller,  murder mystery reader, until this particular author's stories, came my way.....

An alluring, compelling, page-turner that will not let go. Mr. Donlea has created a fluid portrayal of thrilling content. 
Suspenseful, gripping and engrossing.

A story of murder, obsession and search for truth has been masterfully compiled in true Charlie Donlea style. It pulses with intrigue and leads you to wanting more.

The characters portrayed are strong, flaws and all, and add to the depth of this narrative.

If you've never read this particular author, I highly recommend you do.

Thank you to Kensington Publishers for this ARC in order that I may read and review, and to the author for yet another first-rate read.

5 Stars


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Excellent Thriller from Charlie Donlea.  I enjoy all his books and this one does not disappoint. 5stars
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Not my very favorite, but definitely not the worst book I have read.  While it had some great aspects and a fun premise, with the cold case, I felt it was a bit slower paced than I enjoy. I think it’s a good read though, just not mind blowing for me.
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This was one thrilling breath holding book.  This author never fail to keep me glued to the pages and the ending was very good!
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Donlea delivers again with a brilliant crime novel. I've loved his books since "The Girl Who Was Taken" and this one did not disappoint. I'm a bit late in sending my review for this and as a result I can say that I have been hand selling this and have had a lot of customers come back and thank me for it and look for more recommendations. 5 stars.
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