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Dark Corners

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𝗠𝘆 𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴: 4 ⭐️
DARK CORNERS 🎧
🤍𝗚𝗲𝗻𝗿𝗲: thriller
📖 352 pages
𝗗𝗲𝘀𝗰𝗿𝗶𝗽𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗲𝗺𝗼𝗷𝗶𝘀: 😱🎙️🚔⛺️

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Thank you @netgalley @stmartinspress for the #gifted copy!

From the gripping opening to the shocking conclusion, DARK CORNERS delivers an adrenaline-pumping thrill ride that keeps you hooked until the very last word.

As a sequel to THE NIGHT SWIM, it stands strong on its own, offering a rollercoaster of suspense, adventure, & unexpected twists. The immersive audio 🎧 experience elevates the storytelling with dynamic sound effects & music, immersing you fully in the world of the narrative. Just when you think you've figured it all out, the plot takes a sharp turn, leaving you on the edge of your seat. Alongside the heart-pounding suspense, there's a touch of romance that adds depth to the characters & their motivations.

Overall, this is a must-read (or listen) for fans of thrillers, delivering a thrilling & satisfying experience from start to finish.

In DARK CORNERS, Terence Bailey, a convicted criminal, becomes entangled in a web of suspicion when popular influencer Maddison Logan disappears after visiting him. With Maddison seemingly only existing in the realm of social media, investigative journalist Rachel Krall is called upon by the FBI to unravel the mystery. Going undercover at a major influencer conference, Rachel delves into a world of cutthroat competition & hidden agendas. When a woman bearing a tattoo matching Bailey's is found dead, the investigation takes a sinister turn, revealing Bailey's potential accomplice & his dangerous fixation on influencers, including Rachel herself. As Rachel confronts the lurking dangers of the digital world, the narrative grips with its chilling exploration of obsession & deception.

𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝗶𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲:
◽️ twisty thrillers
◽️ who dun it
◽️ podcasts
◽️ influencers
◽️ a sprinkle 🤌🏼 of romance

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The second Rachel Krall book. Rachel hosts a true crime podcast and when a prisoner in Florida requests her to visit him, she begins on a journey she wasn't looking for. I liked the mystery that Rachel unravels, but the social media influencer bits were a little annoying, though that might have been the point. Overall I enjoyed this book and recommend it to fans of the first book.

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I really enjoyed this book! It had some twists and turns that I did not see coming! Books that make me want to stay up past midnight reading are the best and this one definitely fit in that category. Thank you so much for the opportunity to read this book! I will certainly recommend it to all of my reading friends!

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This one is a super solid thriller. I was obsessed with being able to go back to listening even during work because I wanted to know what happened. It was fast paced and easy to follow. There are a lot of characters tied into the plot but I found it simple to keep them straight, even on audio which is where I usually struggle. I will say though (without going too much into detail to avoid spoilers) when you get to one twist you will probably say "well that was truly idiotic and maybe they deserved this" but also maybe I'm just judgey and no one will think that besides me. Overall, a quick twisty thriller that I would highly recommend!

Thank you for allowing me to read and review this story. This review can be found on my instagram @manymerrybooks

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I was so excited for this one. I loved Night swim. Unfortunately this one was a DNF, I stopped at 40% and I can honestly tell you I have no idea what this book is even about. There’s no “podcasting”like Night Swim and Rachel is a completely different character in this book. She isn’t even likable it’s like she’s a different character from Night Swim. Such a disappointment. I recommend Night Swim to everyone I know.

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Anything Megan Goldin writes, I'm going to love! This was no exception. Had me hooked from page one and I loved every minute.

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Let's be real - I'll read anything with a true crime podcast host as the main character. I enjoyed Dark Corners even more than Night Swim. I supplemented this read with the audiobook version and that was super fun. Highly recommend the audio!

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True crime podcaster working with federal agent to help solve the mystery of what happened to Maddison- a missing influencer. Plenty of twists but a little slow at times.

Thank you Netgalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

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Thrillers are not my go-to genre, but this is my fourth Megan Goldin novel, and I have enjoyed every one. I especially like the Rachel Krall series. The Rachel Krall character has a way of bringing a human touch to stories that would feel pretty hopeless without her point of view. Rachel is a popular true-crime podcaster whom we first met in The Night Swim, which came out in 2020. In Dark Corners, Rachel is called to help out the FBI by meeting with an inmate they believe is somehow involved in the recent disappearance of a popular influencer. The book ends up being a deep dive into the underbelly of the influencer world. There’s also a lesson that sometimes there are other explanations for what may seem obvious at first glance. As one of the main characters says, “The scariest monster is the one that hides in plain sight.” This book had me hooked from the beginning to the end.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for sharing this advanced reader's copy in exchange for my honest review.

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Really enjoyed this one. It didn’t top the Night Swim for me but I really liked it. I really enjoy the crime podcast angle especially on audio format.
It was interesting to dive into the social media convention and life of influencers. I also loved trying to track down the serial killer and just trying to piece everything together. I really like Rachel’s character and cannot wait to read the next book in this series!

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Thank you so much to the publisher and the marketing team for an early copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review! I have loved working with these teams due to my love of Meg Goldin's "The Night Swim" (one of my favorite thrillers of all time, and the inspiration behind this sequel)

I absolutely loved The Night Swim when it was released, so I was obviously excited to read the sequel. This was a great follow up, and I think it highlighted Rachel’s character very well as a determined, independent woman doing whatever she can to solve this mystery. I only found the talk of influencers/social media to be a little much, particularly because that’s a trope that I don’t tend to like in general.

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Thank you to NetGalley and St Martin’s Press for the ARC of Dark Corners by Megan Goldin.

I was very excited to see this 2nd book featuring main character Rachel Krall. So much so that I ended up purchasing the book before reading the ARC. And I was not disappointed. The FBI convinces Rachel to come to Florida and when she does, she finds herself feeling set up. However, Rachel does what she does and investigates the situation helping to solve the murders, disappearances, all while experiencing her own concerning events. This book was less about the podcast and more about Rachel as the character. Which I liked. If you were a huge fan of The Night Swim, this could be a disappointment if you were expecting a similar style book. But if you’re along for the ride, Megan Goldin’s book did not disappoint!! 5⭐️

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Summary
Rachel Krall is back. With a hit true crime podcast, she returns home to take a break after the rape trial she'd been covering in North Carolina. Instead she ends up in Daytona Beach, FL after being contacted by the FBI. Upon arrival, she is informed that a suspected murderer/current prisoner about to be released, had a visitor and he wrote down Rachel's name and now his visitor is missing. Maddison is a social media influencer in town for a big Influencer conference. Why did she visit Terrence in prison? Does he have anything to do with her disappearance? And can the FBI and police prove that Terrence murdered those women before he went to prison before he's back on the streets in a few days?

Review
Another couldn't put down book by Megan Goldin. I loved this one more than The Night Swim. Once again, the story jumps between the present and Rachel's podcast transcript from after the case was solved. This time in the present we get a few different perspectives. I'm really hoping FBI Agent Joe will be around if they are future Rachel Krall books.
This one kept me guessing, a mystery layered and nuanced with all the pieces expertly braided together.

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This was a satisfying quick read! Although it is the second in the Rachel Krall series, you don't need to read The Night Swim to read this one. This book contained a lot of twists, but I felt as though most were easy to predict. The writing has a bit too much filler and repetition. However the storyline was captivating enough to make me keep reading! If you are into thrillers and mysteries that dive into the life of Influencers on social media, this one is for you.

Thank you to NetGalley and St Martin’s Press for the ARC!

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Podcaster Rachel Krall is back, this time trying to solve the disappearance of a popular social media influencer, who vanishes shortly after visiting a man in prison for the murders of six women. Rachel is roped into helping the FBI track down the final moments of the influencer and confront the dark corners of the internet and world of social media influencing before it is too late. While I didn't enjoy this quite as much as the first in the series, "Night Swim," it is still a solid suspense thriller that you won't want to put down.

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Dark Corners by Megan Goldin is the second book featuring true crime podcaster Rachel Krall. She was first featured in The Night Swim. This book can be read as a standalone though. While this story was interesting, it wasn't quite as good as The Night Swim. Dark Corners has some rather unbelievable storylines. Thanks to NetGalley for the free digital review copy. All opinions are my own.

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This was a very suspenseful thriller full of dark secrets from the past. Rachel has a true crime podcast. She’s brought into a missing person case. The missing is a social media influencer who was seen visiting a prison inmate shortly before she went missing. There’s way more to the story though. The case takes on an urgent tone as it starts to look dangerous for Rachel herself.

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I really enjoyed The Night Swim especially Rachel as a character, so I was very happy to See Rachel again in Dark Corners. Rachel is a smart character and the mystery had me hooked. Her relationship with the FBI agent I really enjoyed as well, and I wouldn't mind seeing the pair again in another book. I enjoyed all of Rachel's sleuthing and there were plenty of bodies dropping in the story as well as some action. This was one of my favorite reads of the year.

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Dark Corners
by Megan Goldin
4 stars

So, this is only the second book I've read by Megan Goldin. Her way of describing isn't it for me, but this book was surprising. I didn't know it was part of a series, you don't have to read the first one to understand what happens. It can be read as a stand-alone.
The whole influencer thing was interesting, but it made me hate the whole lot of the influencers at Buzzcon. Rachel is different and is a full-blown reporter who solves cases for the police or fixes what they had wrong. I just finished it and I'm like iffy on it. I couldn't put it down and I wanted to know what happened next, but it didn't give me that oh I love it and would love to read it again. If you like whodunit books, it's a good read.

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Megan Goldin has become one of my favorite thriller authors. I was hooked on Dark Corners from the jump. The influencer component was a fun touch to this creepy and dark story. The final act built so much tension I found myself actually stressed reading it at night.

I found the romance to be unnecessary personally but otherwise loved it and will absolutely be recommending to my friends and followers.

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