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Friday, February 8, 2013

Book 30: INTO THE DARK Review

Into the Dark by Stacy Green
ISBN: 9781480078994 (paperback)
ISBN: 9781771271554 (ebook)
ASIN: B00AEVPQ2M (Kindle edition)
Publisher: author
Publication date: October, 2012

Branch Manager Emilie Davis is enduring a day like any other–until two masked men storm into WestOne Bank demanding cash. Her hopes of a quick end to her terror are dashed when she realizes one of the men has no interest in the bank's money. Emilie is his prize, and he's come to claim her.
When hostage negotiator Nathan Madigan and Las Vegas SWAT enter the bank on a rescue mission, Emilie's captor makes a shocking escape into the abyss that lies beneath the city: the Las Vegas storm drains, a refuge for the downtrodden and the desperate. 
Who is the man the media has dubbed 'the Taker?' Why is he after Emilie, and what is the connection he's convinced they share?
Emilie can't run from the Taker, and she can't escape her own past. As her life closes in on her, she has nowhere to turn but to Nathan. The lines of professionalism blur as Nathan becomes determined to save Emilie. Together they venture into the depths beneath Las Vegas and discover a shocking piece of the puzzle. 
But the Taker remains one step ahead. Desperate and sick of waiting for the Taker to emerge from the shadows, Emilie makes a bold move to reclaim her life that may cost her everything.

An obsessed stalker that hides behind a bank robbery to obtain his obsession; a police officer with an overwhelming sense of guilt from a childhood accident; and a divorced bank manager that's been estranged from her family for more than sixteen years due to abuse and secrets. All three are the main characters of Into the Dark, a mystery-thriller by Stacy Green. All are tied together by one thing, a botched bank robbery and the attempted abduction of Emilie Davis.

The stalker escapes into the tunnels under the bank that lead to miles and miles of storm drains under the city. It quickly becomes obvious to the police and the FBI that this was no ordinary robbery and that Emilie was the primary target. What remains unknown is why she was targeted. Will FBI agent Sia Ronson and SWAT Hostage Negotiator Nathan Madigan be able to figure out the truth before the stalker dubbed 'The Taker' is successful in grabbing his prey?

All of the major and a few of the minor characters in this story have secrets; some are the cause of emotional scars and others are more lethal. Emilie and Nathan must face their pasts in order to move forward. Nathan realizes that the past is not always the one we remember. Emilie's attempt to face the secrets in her past is for naught when she confronts her mother. The Taker is obviously the bad guy, but Ms. Green provides other secondary characters that aren't very agreeable, such as Emilie's co-worker Lisa, Detective Avery and Emilie's mother Claire. The action in Into The Dark was plausible and the characters realistic and well-developed. I did think that Emilie bordered on whiny at times rather than a woman pushed to the edge. I found Into The Dark to be a fast read and rather enjoyable despite my minor grievances. 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free for review purposes from Partners In Crime Tours. I was not paid, required or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  1. What a great review! I'm reading this now and can hardly put it down!

  2. Great post. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Hi there. Thanks so much for the honest review. I'm glad you liked the book and appreciate your taking the time to read.