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Dark Corners

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Dark Corners was a great read by Megan Goldin. This book follows a previous work of hers, Night Swim, but it can be enjoyed as a standalone novel on its on. A suspenseful page turner that covers a little police work & a large amount of Insta-Mystery! Good luck figuring this one out before the ending. Really enjoyed!!

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4 stars

Megan Goldin always comes through with a great story. This one was no different, good twists, fun and pretty unique plot. This was a fast paced and engaging mystery. I really enjoyed it.

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Thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy to read a review.

This is a stellar follow-up to The Night Swim. A great thriller that was difficult for me to put down. An interesting setting that is relevant to today’s culture and multiple mysteries in one book. I hope there will be more installments of Rachel Krall.

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I love a good serial killer thriller! Rachel returns and heads to Florida to help with a disappearance of an influencer. Loved all of the twists and turns!

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Warning -- Dark Corners by Megan Goldin causes extreme sleeplessness because you have to read "just one more chapter" over and over until it's well past your bedtime! This is a fascinating, multi-layered story. It's pacing is perfect, not too fast and not too slow. It's interesting from the start and also makes you think ... about the plot itself, about social media, about society. And the reader becomes vested in the outcome of the well developed characters. Megan Goldin's writing seems effortless ... there are no ridiculous leaps of logic to try to tie everything together, the storylines and the dialogue flow naturally, the descriptions are sufficient but not overdone, making Dark Corners a pleasurable and easy read. And the ending, oh, the ending! Most of the time when you read a thriller, there is a surprise twist. If you are lucky, you don't see the surprise twist until just before it is revealed. Or, in this case, you are still scratching your head even after it is revealed because you cannot believe you are so surprised by it! I wish I could give it 6 out of 5 stars!

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This book was almost a Do Not Finish BUT
The first 50% of the book was a bit all over the place, the story development a bit confusing and not much action. I’m so glad I forced myself to keep reading.
At the 50% point, the book changed completely keeping my interest and I couldn’t put it down.
4 Stars!

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I loved Night Swim by Megan Goldin, so I couldn't wait to read this sequel. Rachel Krall is a true crime podcaster who just finished covering a rape case in North Carolina. It helps to have read Night Swim and know some of Rachel's background, but Dark Corners would be fine as a standalone book too. The beginning of this book didn't grab me like Night Swim did, but once I got past the first 10% of the book, I couldn't put it down. Rachel is called into a missing persons case by the FBI. Maddison Logan is a popular influencer who went missing after visiting Terence Bailey in prison. The FBI suspects that Bailey is a serial killer who killed six women, but he has been in prison for lesser crimes and is due to be released. Fearing that they would be putting a serial killer back on the streets and having no good leads to find Maddison, the FBI asks for Rachel's help. She goes undercover to BuzzCon - an influencer conference - and finds out many things that are helpful to the case. She's much more successful at getting information than the undercover FBI agents assigned to the conference, but she puts herself in grave danger. This is another well-written fast page turner from Megan Goldin. I definitely recommend reading this book. Thanks to #netgalley #stmartinspress #megangoldin for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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It was great to read another Rachel book by Megan Goldin. Tight mystery, vapid influencers, smoking FBI agent. total guilty pleasure book.
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC.

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4.5 stars. This book was slow to start. I wasn't really into it for the first fifty pages or so (about when our lead arrived at BuzzCon), but I am glad I stuck it out bc the payoff was well worth it. I loved the characters and how they were fleshed out, and the mystery had plenty of twists, turns, and red herrings to keep it fascinating. I wasn't a huge fan of the romance aspect. It probably works for most people, but Im tired of the trope. Some of the writing in parts was a bit *too* repetitive almost like it was done to make sure the reader gets it, but it was unnecessary. And the pronoun game was a bit overkill, but I still thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a fascinating read and I enjoyed 90% of it.

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Megan Goldin is one of my favorite authors! Her Rachel Krall books are hard to put down. I think I loved book 2 more than Night Swim. I have recommended Goldin to everyone! Looking forward to the next Rachel book. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advanced copy.

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What a fantastic thriller! This is Megan Goldin's best book yet. I was completely enthralled by the story and ended up being very surprised by the ending as well.

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I really liked Stay Awake by Megan Goldin so I tracked down Night Swim next, and was pleased to receive an ARC of its sequel Dark Corners. In this story, podcaster Rachel Krall gets a mysterious invite and FBI escort to Florida to meet with Terrence Bailey, an inmate who is about to be released. The only other person who has met with him since he went to prison is missing and the only clue the FBI has is that Bailey asked his visitor to find Rachel. The perspective switches between Rachel, an unsavory character named Thomas McCoy, and backstory on the case that landed Terrence Bailey in prison.
Megan Goldin's books don't typically have shocking twists, but they are tightly plotted and encourage the reader to make connections along with Rachel. This one is no different! The ending was a satisfying reveal (or series of revelations, really). I'll keep reading this series (and I also have a long-term prediction that I'd like to see play out -- or not).

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DARK CORNERS (RACHEL KRALL, #2)
BY: MEGAN GOLDIN

Megan Goldin is pretty much one of my go to Authors, when I want to read an edge of your seat thriller. I enjoyed this new one called, "Dark Corners," even though I haven't read the first book in this series called, "The Night Swim." I will soon rectify that by reading it right away. One of the absolute best thrillers that I have read earlier this year was called, "Stay Awake," which was an extremely high octane thriller that blew me away at the phenomenal writing. I will leave a link to my review at the end of this one.

"Dark Corners," which features Rachel Krall number two in this series can be read as a standalone thriller. I found it to be incredibly CREEPY, which lets face it-it's the rationale of why I love a great thriller, every so often.

In this well written narrative, nothing is as it seems, which catapults this one to be very intriguing. By the time I finished reading this one, I really appreciated the remarkable twists and reveals it features.

Rachel Krall is a strong female protagonist who gets embroiled in more than one missing persons cases and a suspected serial killer. FBI Special Agent Joe Martinez contacted Rachel to help with foul play that has claimed many victims. She drops everything and gets on a flight to Daytona, Florida to interview a suspect named Terrence Bailey who is due to be released from a maximum security prison in two days. Terrence Bailey was originally incarcerated for two years in prison, but ended up doing six years.

He is suspected in a disappearance and several murders of young women who have vanished without a trace. Special Agent Joe Martinez has arranged a special interview with Terrence Bailey and Rachel Krall, in the hopes of her gathering intelligence that can keep Terrence from being released from prison in two days. Rachel gained her reputation as a skilled crime solver, when she got a conviction overturned by a coach who the authorities believed killed his wife on their second honeymoon.

Rachel Krall interviews Terrence Bailey, and the clock is ticking to solve a missing woman whose blood stains are discovered in an empty camper van. Nearby in the forest a dead woman is discovered who was lit on fire and was found in quicksand like mud. Special Agent Joe Martinez thinks that Terrence Bailey has been working with an accomplice on the outside of the prison to commit these heinous crimes. He believes that Rachel's life is in danger and tries to persuade her to fly home. Rachel has no intention of doing that. She is running her own investigation and makes progress interviewing various people on her own.

As I said, everything comes together in the later part of this novel, which makes it soar into unforgettable chills. I really enjoyed it, and I highly recommend it to those who like a great scare, because on that topic this thriller really delivers. I hope that this series continues, because I am anxious to see what Megan Goldin can do to further entice me and entertain me, but ultimately solve that craving to read a fantastic new thriller. I really like Rachel Krall and look forward to reading more of her sleuthing talents. I think her and FBI Special Agent Joe Martinez make an excellent pair. Remember the key here is nothing introduced initially in this plot is as it seems. Prepare yourself to have nightmares about this serial killer who hides out in plain sight. You will be looking at the world and people with a fresh pair of eyes, and potentially be less trusting of seemingly ordinary strangers. Five Stars!

Here is my review of the terrifically talented Megan Goldin's Fantastic edge of your seat thriller, which lead me to discover just how great a writer she is, when I was first introduced to her by reading, "Stay Awake." https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

Publication Date: August 8, 2023

Thank you to Net Galley, Megan Goldin and St. Martin's Press for generously providing me with this wonderful ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

#DarkCorners #MeganGoldin #StMartinsPress #NetGalley

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Well written mystery/thriller with an interesting plot. Not a perfect read but quite enjoyable.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61884922

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Rachel Krall is back y'all!! I loved the Night Swim and was super excited to see that Goldin was featuring her famous podcaster again in this new novel. I don't know if I would classify this as a thriller...maybe. It was definitely a good mystery with a little bit of love thrown in the mix. The pacing of this book was a little slow and some of the dialogue felt a little robotic and choppy; however, this didn't affect my reading nor did it sway my interest in the story. I was hooked from the start and couldn't stop reading!!

In Dark Corners, Rachel finds herself immersed into the world of social media influencers at BuzzCon. One of the most popular influencers, Madisson, has gone missing. Prior to her disappearance, she paid a visit to Terrence Bailey. Bailey has been in prison for the last six years and is about to be released. The FBI and police believe that he is responsible for killing multiple young women, but they were never able to find enough evidence for a conviction. Rachel is there to assist the FBI with their investigations as well as to satisfy her own curiosities. Little by little, her discoveries will begin to unravel the truth and lead them to the "scent of a killer". (LOL, if you read it, you get it!)

I definitely recommend this book to one and all!! You do not have to read The Night Swim first, but I do recommend it in order to have more knowledge of Rachel's backstory. So, put this on our preorder list and TBRs now!!

Thank you to St. Martins Press for sending me the widget for early access!! And thank you as well to the author and NetGalley. My honest review has been submitted in exchange.

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True crime podcaster, Rachel Krall, is back! This book is based not too far after Night Swim took place. Rachel is dragged into the investigation of missing social media influencer, Maddison Logan, after FBI agent, Joe Martinez, runs into a dead end with his investigation. Since time is of the essence, Rachel is quickly flown to Florida to meet with Terence Baily who was recently visited in prison by Maddison. Terence is soon to be released from prison after serving time for breaking and entering but investigators suspect he may also be involved in the murder of several young women. As Rachel dives into Maddison’s past, she finds that Maddison does not seem to exist outside of social media. How could Maddison be connected to Terence and why did Terence suggest that Maddison contact Rachel for help?

Rachel attends BuzzCon, a social media influencer conference, to try to gather intel and finds that in the world of influencing, anyone would be willing to stab you in the back for a few followers. When the body of a dead woman with a mysterious tattoo is found, the FBI begins to consider that Terence might have an accomplice outside of prison. As Terence begins to show signs that he may have ill will towards Rachel, she must decide if she should leave town or risk her life to finish her investigation.

The story is mainly told from the point of view of Rachel Krall, Joe Martinez, and Thomas McCoy. If I’m honest, I probably enjoyed Thomas’s point of view the most which must say something (not so good) about who I am as a person. I didn’t care for Joe at all in the beginning, but he grew on me throughout the book. The story was a little slow to get started for me mainly because I am not drawn to investigative stories but as I reached the later part of the book, I was anxious to find out what happened and committed to the ending. While I wasn’t surprised by the twists at the end, I found the book to be very climactic and I thought it had a great ending. It is always a pleasure to read a Megan Goldin book! I’ve been hooked since The Escape Room and will continue to read anything that she writes :)

Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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I have read ALL of Megan's books and think any day now she will be going 'viral'. (Reminds me of Dark Corners - ha) I was excited to start a book with a character I was familiar with, Rachel Karll. After finishing the book, I would say I would be excited to read another Krall mystery.
This is a solid mystery/thriller. Solid drama. It was a little slow. Was a little confusing at first, but the pace picked up quickly and I got hooked.
The 'twist' was pretty predictable. Storytelling was repeated, which can be annoying as a reader. The social media world is annoying, so it was annoying to read about it. But I mean, the character Rachel is technically in that world, so it made sense.
Overall though - I am very impressed. There were too many 'annoying things' to make this a solid 5 star book, but it's up there. Again - ALL of Megan's books are awesome... so if you haven't read her back catalogue yet - you are missing out and should read her past books NOW. Start with 'Stay Awake' or 'Night Swim'.

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I really enjoyed Megan Goldin's The Night Swim, and was excited to get the chance to read an advance copy of Dark Corners. In this novel, readers once again follow Rachel Krall (everyone's favorite true crime podcaster) on her suspenseful adventures. Set in and around Daytona, Florida, Dark Corners has something for everyone: an alleged serial killer, a missing woman, an FBI love interest, and even an entertaining cast of social media influencers. Perfect for mystery, suspense, and thriller lovers!

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I've been a big fan of Megan Goldin's ever since I read The Night Swim, which to this day is one of my all-time favorite thrillers. So when I got the chance to read an ARC of Dark Corners, which would continue Rachel Krall's true crime podcast investigations, it took me about .2 seconds to download it and start reading.

Dark Corners, while it certainly lived up to its name, didn't feel as heavy as its precursor, but was still dark, twisty and action-packed. One of my favorite things about Goldin is that she always has unique plotlines, and I liked the premise of the book: an influencer, Maddison, disappears in the middle of a convention, and the police suspect her disappearance could be related to alleged serial killer Terence Bailey, who is to be released from prison in just a few days. At times I felt she hammered on a bit too much about the "vapid" nature of influencers (valid critique, but it was laid on pretty thick), but her characterization of Maddison throughout the book ended up being well-rounded and nuanced.

There were a LOT of red herrings - maybe one too many - that kept me guessing all throughout, and I thought the book was well-paced and never dull. I sometimes cringe at romantic storylines in thrillers, which can come across as forced, but the romantic sub-plot in Dark Corners fit in well and didn't distract from the overall story.

This didn't have as much of a wow factor for me as Night Swim, but it still lived up to my expectations and ended up being a great read! Fingers crossed we have a few more installments of Rachel's investigations on the way :)

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A great story about a thriller that had a big surprise. The characters were realistic and draw me in. The writing was easy to read and kept me engrossing. I may want to read it again.

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