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Some Choose Darkness

RATING: ★★★★☆
TITLE: Some Choose Darkness (Rory Moore/Lane Phillips, bk 1)
AUTHOR: Charlie Donlea
RELEASE DATE: May 28, 2019
SETTING: Chicago, US
PUBLISHER: Kensington
GENRE(S): thriller, mystery/thriller, crime drama, suspense


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 police 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. As a former client of her father’s, Rory becomes reluctantly involved with the killer—though he continues to insist he didn’t murder Angela. Now he wants Rory to do what her father once promised: prove that Angela is, in fact, still alive.

As Rory begins reconstructing Angela’s last days, another killer emerges from the shadows, replicating those long-ago murders. With every startling discovery she makes, Rory becomes more deeply entangled in the enigma of Angela Mitchell—and in The Thief’s tormented mind. Drawing connections between past and present is the only way to stop the nightmare, but even Rory can’t be prepared for the full, terrifying truth that is emerging . . .

This was a very enjoyable thriller, with a story that was interesting and original.

While I love thrillers, I don’t always have the best of luck with them. They have to have certain components to keep my interest. The characters have to be well developed, there can’t be plot holes and the story has to keep me engaged, less I get bored. And this one ticked all the boxes.

This book contained some great female characters and the mental health representation was great. I love when a “disability” can be seen as a gift instead of brushed off.

This was told in two different timelines. In present day, Rory Moore is dealing with the death of her lawyer father and cleaning up some of his cases. She finds herself stuck in the center of a case in which a man is getting paroled after years of imprisonment for murder. Compelled to find out exactly why her father was so involved in this man’s defense case, her obsessive compulsive tendencies bring her on a wild ride into the murders of “The Thief”.

In the late 1970s, Angela Mitchell is a woman dealing with her autism and her own obsessive disorders. It is the height of The Thief murders and she is compulsively doing her own research into the missing women thought to be killed by this unknown person.

Through this story, we see the connections and discoveries made by all parties in a great unfolding display. This was a great book and I look forward to more in the series.


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