Darkroom (Xandra Carrick #1)
After scattering her mother's ashes in Vietnam, photojournalist Xandra Carrick comes home to New York to rebuild her life and career. When she experiences supernatural visions that reveal atrocities perpetrated by American soldiers during the Vietnam War, she finds herself entangled in a forty-year-old conspiracy that could bring the nation into political turmoil. Launching headlong into a quest to learn the truth from her father, Peter Carrick, a Pulitzer Prize Laureate who served as an embedded photographer during the war, Xandra confronts him about a dark secret he has kept--one that has devastated their family.Her investigations lead her to her departed mother's journal, which tell of love, spiritual awakening, and surviving the fall of Saigon.Pursued across the continent, Xandra comes face-to-face with powerful forces that will stop at nothing to prevent her from revealing the truth. But not before government agencies arrest her for murder, domestic terrorism and an assassination attempt on the newly elected president of the United States.Darkroom is a riveting tale of suspense that tears the covers off the human struggle for truth in a world imprisoned by lies.

Darkroom (Xandra Carrick #1) Details

TitleDarkroom (Xandra Carrick #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 1st, 2012
PublisherHoward Books
ISBN-139781451654691
Rating
GenreMystery, Christian Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Fiction, Romance

Darkroom (Xandra Carrick #1) Review

  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    Last year I was fortunate enough to read and review author Joshua Graham’s extraordinary freshman effort, "Beyond Justice", which proved to be one of my favorite books of the year. I was impressed with his ability to take what could have been a stock storyline and mix things up, to make me really feel and connect with his characters. My literary luck continues this year as Mr. Graham’s follow up work, "Darkroom", demonstrates that "Beyond Justice" was not a one-hit wonder and Joshua Graham is an Last year I was fortunate enough to read and review author Joshua Graham’s extraordinary freshman effort, "Beyond Justice", which proved to be one of my favorite books of the year. I was impressed with his ability to take what could have been a stock storyline and mix things up, to make me really feel and connect with his characters. My literary luck continues this year as Mr. Graham’s follow up work, "Darkroom", demonstrates that "Beyond Justice" was not a one-hit wonder and Joshua Graham is an author to watch out for. Darkroom is just as good as "Beyond Justice", although in a very different vein.Rather than being told from the viewpoint of one central character, "Darkroom" introduces us to a handful of characters, all of whom will eventually come together for a heart pounding and thrilling conclusion. It is a slick and nuanced ensemble tale of a conspiracy that goes back decades. As the mystery unravels, it threatens to impact and/or destroy the lives of all the characters that Mr. Graham so deftly weaves throughout this tale. Writing a novel with a large cast of characters, a handful of whom are narrating the tale, is never an easy task but he seems to effortlessly intertwine their stories. I found heroine Xandra to be a strong, relevant character that I could relate to, and one that was, at times, painfully human and vulnerable. Her strength, along with portions of her grief, simply radiate from the pages. She will touch any reader who has lost a parent, or who is struggling to find a connection with a family member. I particularly liked how savvy and resourceful she was - - no shrinking violet here. I also found several of the supporting characters to be particularly praiseworthy and enjoyable. Even those characters that weren’t the nicest of the bunch were so well developed and interesting that I couldn’t wait to get back to them. Surprisingly, there wasn’t a weak character or plotline in the bunch, quite a feat when you’re dealing with an array of vastly different characters with very unique voices. As with "Beyond Justice", a dash of the paranormal is thrown into the mix along with questions and uncertainty of faith. I hesitate to call Darkroom a work of Christian fiction, as I think the book is more than just a work on Christian beliefs and demonstrates the resiliency of the human spirit and most importantly, hope. As a reader who enjoys the paranormal/supernatural genre, I enjoyed those paranormal aspects of the book, as well as Mr. Graham choosing not to put forth a cut and dried explanation for all the events. To read more, go to http://www.psychoticstate.net/2012/05...Review Copyright © Psychotic State Book Reviews http://www.psychoticstate.net
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  • Lisa Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Title: DarkroomAuthor: Joshua GrahamPages: 384Publisher: Howard BooksYear: 2012Note: “I received a free copy of this book from Hard Books for my honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.” Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo... What words or images come into your mind when you see the word darkroom? Is there any particular activity that you connect with this word? Joshua Graham is a new author to me, and I can tell you that if he continues to write at t Title: DarkroomAuthor: Joshua GrahamPages: 384Publisher: Howard BooksYear: 2012Note: “I received a free copy of this book from Hard Books for my honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.” Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo... What words or images come into your mind when you see the word darkroom? Is there any particular activity that you connect with this word? Joshua Graham is a new author to me, and I can tell you that if he continues to write at this level, I am hooked! The novel uses flashbacks to the time the United States was involved in Vietnam. Interspersed throughout the pages are recent past events in U.S. History. Especially compelling is the thread of presidential elections and thoughts by the characters of the two main parties involved in the political arena. Colson is running as an independent candidate who seeks to be the next President of the Unites States, bringing with him the hopes for a brighter future. The FBI seeks to solve a murder of a young college student or is there more to this? Xandi is the daughter of a photojournalist who was in Vietnam and witnessed horrifying events. Being attached to particular group of Marines, the pictures the photojournalist takes portray the horror that is surrounding him. Is that all there is to the situation when years later he is being hunted by the FBI? The same person who tries to befriend Xandi is also an FBI agent and has a tie to the history of Vietnam. How long has he been involved in discovering a plot? What plot? Who is calling the shots and doing his bidding? The novel is a page-turner from the prologue to the last page, and like real life, not everything ends well. Okay, maybe some things do, but not everything. Some things are not clearly tied up at the end of the story. Could the author be planning another book along this line? Who knows? Scripture is spotted throughout the book by various characters. People are praying together and helping one another. Intrigue, murder, assassination attempts, friendship, shattered dreams, love, suffering, death, and so much more are in this story. Darkroom has those page-turning story lines that keep the readers going until the eyes get tired. It was worth it for me! The chapters are short, and the characters are vividly described as well as the action. I love the flashbacks and the hints to the way the story is possibly going through Xandi’s dialogue. I rate this a 5+ novel. It is that good and worth cuddling up with a diet drink to read with in the quietness of the morning, afternoon or evening. Grab a copy and get lost in the pages. It is awesome!
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  • Misty Rayburn
    January 1, 1970
    A five star thriller if there ever was one, Darkroom is a riveting weave of authentic history and chilling suspense. After scattering her mother’s ashes in Vietnam, Xandra Carrick tries to move on and kick start her career in photojournalism. Instead, she finds herself experiencing strange visions of atrocities perpetrated by American soldiers during the Vietnam War and thus finds herself in the middle of a cover up that could have political ramifications and involve her father.Graham takes us o A five star thriller if there ever was one, Darkroom is a riveting weave of authentic history and chilling suspense. After scattering her mother’s ashes in Vietnam, Xandra Carrick tries to move on and kick start her career in photojournalism. Instead, she finds herself experiencing strange visions of atrocities perpetrated by American soldiers during the Vietnam War and thus finds herself in the middle of a cover up that could have political ramifications and involve her father.Graham takes us on a ride full of twists and turns in this emotionally charged quest to find the truth. Of course you can’t have a quest for truth without approaching the faith question and this is executed beautifully in a way that compliments the story rather than shoving it down readers’ throats. The description can only be described as masterful as we are taken from current day to Vietnam through Grace Carrick’s journals. You actually feel like you are there with the characters at any given moment, whether it’s the fall of Saigon to communist forces or in the darkroom with Xandra. This makes for an amazing reading experience when added to the fact that the characters feel very real and even the story seems VERY plausible. I actually found myself holding my breath at times and sympathizing with the characters, feeling outrage when they were wronged, hating the villains or even forgiving them. When it was all said and done, I didn’t feel like I had finished a book, I felt like I had been on a journey.
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  • Susan Wingate
    January 1, 1970
    Edge of your seat intensity surrounding characters that you learn to feel for right away. Graham doesn't just give us your typical protagonist or antagonist. No. Instead, he gives us characters with flaws, ones with hopes and dreams, regrets. He builds human beings. In DARKROOM, Graham makes us face our fears by leading us through an incredibly well-thought out plot. Then, flips us on our heads. One thing I love about this author is that he never writes a predictable story. A must-read. Don't le Edge of your seat intensity surrounding characters that you learn to feel for right away. Graham doesn't just give us your typical protagonist or antagonist. No. Instead, he gives us characters with flaws, ones with hopes and dreams, regrets. He builds human beings. In DARKROOM, Graham makes us face our fears by leading us through an incredibly well-thought out plot. Then, flips us on our heads. One thing I love about this author is that he never writes a predictable story. A must-read. Don't let this book pass you by.
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  • Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
    January 1, 1970
    This is my condensed review. The extended version can be found here. Before I get into my review, here's the summary that's Howard sent me:After scattering her mother’s ashes in Vietnam, photojournalist Xandra Carrick comes home to New York to rebuild her life and career. When she experiences, in her darkroom, supernatural visions that reveal atrocities perpetrated by American soldiers during the Vietnam War, she finds herself entangled in a forty-year-old conspiracy that could bring the nation This is my condensed review. The extended version can be found here. Before I get into my review, here's the summary that's Howard sent me:After scattering her mother’s ashes in Vietnam, photojournalist Xandra Carrick comes home to New York to rebuild her life and career. When she experiences, in her darkroom, supernatural visions that reveal atrocities perpetrated by American soldiers during the Vietnam War, she finds herself entangled in a forty-year-old conspiracy that could bring the nation into political turmoil. Launching headlong into a quest to learn the truth from her father, Peter Carrick, a Pulitzer Prize laureate who served as an embedded photographer during the war, she confronts him about a dark secret he has kept—a secret that has devastated their family. Her investigations lead her to her departed mother’s journal, which tells of love, spiritual awakening, and surviving the fall of Saigon. Pursued across the continent, Xandra comes face-to-face with powerful forces that will stop at nothing to prevent her from revealing the truth. But not before government agencies arrest her for murder, domestic terrorism, and an assassination attempt on the newly elected president of the United States. Darkroom is a riveting tale of suspense that tears the cover off the human struggle for truth in a world imprisoned by lies.My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off I'd like to Howard a division of Simon & Schuster for giving me a copy of this book to review in exchange for my honest opinions of the book.Having said that, let's dive into my review. I came into this novel with absolutely no expectations other than the cover and synopsis sounded intriguing and slightly eerie. Okay after five pages, I was absolutely hooked. This book caught my attention from the very beginning and I was captivated until I turned that last page. Graham's writing was incredible and he had the distinct ability to weave a story that left me in absolute suspense. I was constantly on the edge of my seat wondering how the story would evolve next.Basically, this book never had a slow or dull moment and that is rare. I loved all of the characters (or loved to hate all the characters) from the moment I was introduced to them. In short, this book was absolutely incredible. I definitely recommend this to all fans of romantic suspense, especially christian romantic suspense.This novel also combined some paranormal elements in the novel. I didn't know if I'd like that; however, it was integrated into the novel so expertly that I actually enjoyed the paranormal element. This was my first novel by Joshua Graham, but I can assure you it won't be the last.
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  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    If you love narrow escapes, deep secrets, on-the-edge-of-your-seat action, and murders, you will love this thriller.Dark Room begins with a scene during the Viet Nam war with Grace, a Vietnamese girl, being shot and Peter Carrick, a photo journalist, rescuing her. It then flashes forward to Peter and Xandra, Grace and Peter's daughter, spreading Grace's ashes in her childhood neighborhood in Viet Nam. The book then moves to present day in California and New York with Peter and Xandra, and the ch If you love narrow escapes, deep secrets, on-the-edge-of-your-seat action, and murders, you will love this thriller.Dark Room begins with a scene during the Viet Nam war with Grace, a Vietnamese girl, being shot and Peter Carrick, a photo journalist, rescuing her. It then flashes forward to Peter and Xandra, Grace and Peter's daughter, spreading Grace's ashes in her childhood neighborhood in Viet Nam. The book then moves to present day in California and New York with Peter and Xandra, and the chilling ride begins. There are flashbacks to Viet Nam throughout the book, and these flashbacks play a major part in the story.As the book continues, Xandra questions....can this really be happening? How could developing pictures in a dark room and seeing visions as the pictures are being developed lead to clues in a murder investigation and subsequently her arrest for a murder she didn't commit and one that was contrived to cover up a crime from 30 years ago. The scenes are intense and very descriptive, and they will keep you turning the pages. You will learn about Viet Nam, political campaigns, political conspiracy, political deception, and lies that go unexposed, but you will mainly share the fears of Xandra as she experiences her visions, her struggle with trying to find out her father's secret from his past, and the horrors of being accused of numerous crimes and murders she didn't commit.You will also escape with Kyle and Xandra and be a part of their solving the mystery of why everyone in Echo Company during the Vietnam Nam war is either dying an unexplained death or being murdered. The book is action-packed until the last page. Graham is a commanding writer that will keep any lover of thrillers entertained with his non-stop action and unbelievable revelations of things that could easily happen. As you near the end, you realize there are very powerful messages being sent out to the reader. Dark Room can't be labeled anything but an excellent read. 5/5I received a free copy of this book from Howard Books for my honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
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  • Wanda
    January 1, 1970
    Wow - what a powerful book! A story full of intense action and suspense. The story begins in 2008 as Xandra and her father, Peter Carrick, return to Vietnam to spread her mother's ashes. The novel goes back and forth from the 1970's, during the Vietnam War, and the present time, 2008, and the short chapters alternate between the realistic but very complex characters. Peter Carrick served as a photojournalist embedded with the Marine Corp in Vietnam. It is there that Peter meets Grace Th'am Ai Le Wow - what a powerful book! A story full of intense action and suspense. The story begins in 2008 as Xandra and her father, Peter Carrick, return to Vietnam to spread her mother's ashes. The novel goes back and forth from the 1970's, during the Vietnam War, and the present time, 2008, and the short chapters alternate between the realistic but very complex characters. Peter Carrick served as a photojournalist embedded with the Marine Corp in Vietnam. It is there that Peter meets Grace Th'am Ai Le, his wife to be. Grace is living in Saigon and reports are saying that Communists are approaching the South and Saigon will soon come under attack. The war has claimed so many lives and still rages on. They are urging all Americans to leave, but Peter stays on because of Grace - she is all alone. After three years Peter proposes to Grace and asks her to go to America. Back to the present time - 2008 - Xandra, also a photojournalist, working for the New York Times, has a vision about the murder of a young girl. An injustice is carried out when Xandra is arrested for the murder of this Julliard student.2008 is an election year and these are troubled economic times. Senator Richard Colson is running for President as an Independent. He seems to be socially responsible, well balanced, and strong on foreign policy. He is also an honored veteran of the Vietnam War.And the storyline continues, but nothing is as it seems. There are lies, deception, dark secrets, political corruption, murder and also paranormal occurrences. This book is fast moving and I never lost interest. Joshua Graham, an extremely gifted author, is fast becoming one of my favorite writers. Completely captivating!
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    When Xandra Carrick returns home from spreading her mother's ashes in Vietnam, she plans to get her life back on track. She also hopes to reconnect with her father, with whom she has had a difficult relationship for many years. But when she goes into her darkroom to develop some of the photos she took recently, she suddenly experiences visions that show much more than what she photographed.Darkroom by Joshua Graham is a thriller that kept me turning the pages late into the night. The first visio When Xandra Carrick returns home from spreading her mother's ashes in Vietnam, she plans to get her life back on track. She also hopes to reconnect with her father, with whom she has had a difficult relationship for many years. But when she goes into her darkroom to develop some of the photos she took recently, she suddenly experiences visions that show much more than what she photographed.Darkroom by Joshua Graham is a thriller that kept me turning the pages late into the night. The first vision Xandra has is of a missing girl floating in a pond she photographed. So she calls the police and tells them to search the pond. When the body is found, she is arrested. Things get worse very quickly as she becomes mixed up in a political conspiracy that dates back to the Vietnam War.Graham's storytelling provided plenty of suspense throughout, and a few twists and turns. I enjoyed the character of Xandra, but felt some of the relationships were a bit too shallow at times. I also struggled a bit with the fact that as the book progressed, it became more and more obvious that this is Christian fiction. It's not promoted as such, so it was a surprise. Looking back at the story, while bad things happen, the way everything is presented is rather mild. I don't usually read Christian fiction, but I have to say that I did like this one overall. Despite the increasing references to religion, bible verses and God as we got closer to the end, it didn't really overpower the majority of the book.If you're looking for a suspense novel that doesn't go overboard with violence, swearing and sex, definitely check out Darkroom.
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    While Xandra Carrick isn't a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist like her dad Peter she still hasn't done to bad for herself. At the age of 27 she has won several awards and holds a great job with the New York Times. After she and her father take a trip to Vietnam to spread her mother's ashes, she comes back to New York but soon realizes something isn't quite right when she starts to develop she sees much more in the scenes than there should be, glimpses of death. What is going on and why is While Xandra Carrick isn't a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist like her dad Peter she still hasn't done to bad for herself. At the age of 27 she has won several awards and holds a great job with the New York Times. After she and her father take a trip to Vietnam to spread her mother's ashes, she comes back to New York but soon realizes something isn't quite right when she starts to develop she sees much more in the scenes than there should be, glimpses of death. What is going on and why is Xandra having these visions? When she decides to get answers she will uncover more than she could have ever imagined.The author did an amazing job of capturing my attention from the beginning. The author effortlessly transitions from past to present to allow us a true picture of what is going on. Mr. Graham's attention to detail easily brought the scenes to life making me feel as if I was right in the midst of the story. I found that seeing things thru the eyes of several characters added a realistic element to the story, and the use of Xandra's mother's diary entries added another layer as well. Overall a fast paced story, with several twists that provides a satisfying ending. If your a fan of fast paced, suspense filled stories that will keep you on the edge of your seat, then your going to love "Darkroom" by Joshua Graham. This is the first book that I have read by Mr. Graham and I am hooked! I will certainly be reading more of his work.
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  • Deborah
    January 1, 1970
    Dark, deceptive, political intrigue and ghostly images...all this and more await the eager reader who loves a thriller and a mystery in "Darkroom." I lived through the Viet Nam War era, but don't recall having read a single suspense novel that has its focus around the Vietnam cross-culture that made its way to the US. This book is unique in many ways. It has a bit of everything to recommend it: love, mystery, conspiracy, family connections to ancient times and places, politics, terrorism and mur Dark, deceptive, political intrigue and ghostly images...all this and more await the eager reader who loves a thriller and a mystery in "Darkroom." I lived through the Viet Nam War era, but don't recall having read a single suspense novel that has its focus around the Vietnam cross-culture that made its way to the US. This book is unique in many ways. It has a bit of everything to recommend it: love, mystery, conspiracy, family connections to ancient times and places, politics, terrorism and murder; not to mention the Viet Nam War and the vets that brought home not only images, but other baggage, and loved ones. A must read, this book is fast moving, intriguing and beautifully written to tantalize! Joshua Graham is a fantastic writer who knows when to dangle the carrot and when to pull it back. I loved the whole reading process! His characters are rich in detail, lovable, sad, frightening and strangely familiar. I was literally up all night reading "Darkroom" having such a good time in the process. I couldn't put it down... If you've ever been placed in the moral dilemma of wondering whether you should tell the truth and risk it all, you'll love this book. If you've ever wondered if there are conspiracies and cover ups in political arenas we aren't privy to, you'll love this book... I have to give it a solid...5 stars!!
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  • Serena
    January 1, 1970
    Darkroom by Joshua Graham is mind-blowing, fast-paced, secretive, and conspiratorial. Conspiracy theorists, anti-government advocates, and the generally suspicious of all things military and political must read Graham’s book. Mixing in elements of reality with those of fiction, Graham aptly captures the disillusionment with the Bush Administration just before the election of President Barack Obama and the fervor behind a movement for change that got our current president elected.However, in this Darkroom by Joshua Graham is mind-blowing, fast-paced, secretive, and conspiratorial. Conspiracy theorists, anti-government advocates, and the generally suspicious of all things military and political must read Graham’s book. Mixing in elements of reality with those of fiction, Graham aptly captures the disillusionment with the Bush Administration just before the election of President Barack Obama and the fervor behind a movement for change that got our current president elected.However, in this case, the candidate for change is independent, former Vietnam War military star Richard Colson. He exudes confidence and decisiveness, even in the face of his wife’s health misfortunes and the continuous emergence of his past that must be addressed. Cover-ups, suspicious natural and accidental deaths among members of the Vietnam War’s Echo Company, disappearing college students, and other events pepper the narrative, but Graham has written a story that is ultimately about faith in ourselves, our beliefs, and the uncharted.Read the full review: http://savvyverseandwit.com/2012/05/d...
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent!Graham is a fresh voice in the genre of crime and psychological thrillers. He also adds the ethical and spiritual voice without telling the reader how to feel or think. Additionally, the story is believable and provides new storylines.Told from different point of views, the protagonist is Xandra Carrick, an Asian American woman trying to find peace with her father. The story flashes between times and POVs, as Xandra's parents meet in Vietnam. Grace, Xandra's Vietnamese mother is return Excellent!Graham is a fresh voice in the genre of crime and psychological thrillers. He also adds the ethical and spiritual voice without telling the reader how to feel or think. Additionally, the story is believable and provides new storylines.Told from different point of views, the protagonist is Xandra Carrick, an Asian American woman trying to find peace with her father. The story flashes between times and POVs, as Xandra's parents meet in Vietnam. Grace, Xandra's Vietnamese mother is returning to her village after being at school when she is nearly killed in a skirmish. Peter, an American photographer, takes her to a hospital where she is patched up. The story then continues as the two decide to marry and Saigon falls.Xandra is plagued with new visions she experiences through pictures she takes with her father's old camera. Through it, Xandra discovers old secrets about Vietnam and sins committed against man. Also, the story is a great primer for those of the generation that Vietnam War happened but we were too young to understand then hadn't become history enough for the books in school.I look forward to more of Xandra Carrick's adventures!
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  • Ryder Islington
    January 1, 1970
    I love this story!Xandra Carrick and her dad go to Viet Nam to scatter her mother’s ashes in the village where she and Xandra’s dad met. Her dad, Peter, was a photojournalist during the war, and Xandra followed in his footsteps, loving the use of pictures to tell stories. There is a deep, dark secret in Peter’s past, one that could get him and his daughter killed. I won’t give away more than that. The story is too good to be spoiled by a review. The truth of the past, plus Xandra’s love for her I love this story!Xandra Carrick and her dad go to Viet Nam to scatter her mother’s ashes in the village where she and Xandra’s dad met. Her dad, Peter, was a photojournalist during the war, and Xandra followed in his footsteps, loving the use of pictures to tell stories. There is a deep, dark secret in Peter’s past, one that could get him and his daughter killed. I won’t give away more than that. The story is too good to be spoiled by a review. The truth of the past, plus Xandra’s love for her parents and Peter’s desire to leave the past alone, keep the reader turning pages to learn what was so bad back then, and why it has any importance now. Never mind her arrest for terrorism, murder and an assassination attempt on the American president.This is not a book to be missed by those who love thrillers, mysteries, love stories, history, politics, and the supernatural. Mr. Graham has covered it all. I recommend this book for anyone who likes to read mysteries or thrillers. It is filled with suspense, peopled by sympathetic characters, and leads to a very satisfying end for the good guys, as well as the bad.
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  • Wendy Hines
    January 1, 1970
    Darkroom is a political thriller that will leave you on the edge-of -your seat. From page one, I was captivated with Xandra and her story, and that of her parents. She finds a camera that was her father's and gets visions through the pictures she takes. Darkroom flips from her parent's story in Vietnam and her own story in present day. Xandra's eventually arrested for a crime she didn't commit, and thus begins her journey of fitting the clues from the pictures and visions to the crime over thirt Darkroom is a political thriller that will leave you on the edge-of -your seat. From page one, I was captivated with Xandra and her story, and that of her parents. She finds a camera that was her father's and gets visions through the pictures she takes. Darkroom flips from her parent's story in Vietnam and her own story in present day. Xandra's eventually arrested for a crime she didn't commit, and thus begins her journey of fitting the clues from the pictures and visions to the crime over thirty years old. But can she help solve it before the real murderer X's her out?Graham does an exceptional job of keeping the reader apprised of the situation - no looking for willy nilly clues as well keeping the timeframes separate and easy for the reader to realize which time they are in - past or present. With taut-driven suspense, fantastic characters and a page-turning plot with historic values, Darkroom is a must read for any thriller fan!
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  • Paula Howard
    January 1, 1970
    Darkroom is a very unique take on events from the Vietnam War and the impact decisions made have on the life of a photojournalist and his family. Darkroom is set in modern time but there are unique flashback that tell the story that occurred in Vietnam. Xandra is the main character who is following in her father footsteps of photojournalism. Darkroom is a story of love, loss and the ever need presence of faith in our lives. It is an extremely moving and haunting story. Darkroom was hard to put d Darkroom is a very unique take on events from the Vietnam War and the impact decisions made have on the life of a photojournalist and his family. Darkroom is set in modern time but there are unique flashback that tell the story that occurred in Vietnam. Xandra is the main character who is following in her father footsteps of photojournalism. Darkroom is a story of love, loss and the ever need presence of faith in our lives. It is an extremely moving and haunting story. Darkroom was hard to put down and when not reading I was thinking about it. Few books succeed in consuming me in that way. Darkroom is by far the best written by Joshua Graham. Joshua has a fantastic way of telling a story that make you feel as if you are part of it. Darkroom by Joshua Graham is on its way to becoming a bestseller.
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  • Kitty Honeycutt
    January 1, 1970
    Book Title: "Darkroom”Author: Joshua GrahamPublished By: Howard BooksAge Recommended: 18+Reviewed By: Kitty BullardRaven Rating: 5Review: A highly suspenseful read that shows another side to the Vietnam War. The intrigue and mystery in this novel will excite the reader and keep them interested long after the story is over. Wielding a sense of the supernatural this book packs a gallant punch!
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  • Doug Dutcher
    January 1, 1970
    I really don't know what to say about Darkroom without giving away a lot of the book. All I can say is YOU'VE GOTTA READ THIS...You won't regret it!
  • Marilyn
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this book. Loved how the author brought the spiritual into the story without ramming religion down our throats. Can's wait to read the next in the series.
  • Tiffany
    January 1, 1970
    I would highly recommend reading this book, I was completely surprised by how it ended, I didn't see the ending coming. Very good writing and composition.
  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    Xandra Carrick is an award winning photojournalist for the New York Times. At the age of twenty-seven, she's following in the footsteps of her father, Peter Carrick, a Pulitzer Prize photojournalist who was embedded with the US Army in Vietnam during the war.Xandra and Peter travel to her mother's birthplace, Vietnam, to honor her dying wish by scattering her ashes. While in Vietnam, Xandra takes pictures using an old camera that Peter had used during the Vietnam War. Upon returning home to New Xandra Carrick is an award winning photojournalist for the New York Times. At the age of twenty-seven, she's following in the footsteps of her father, Peter Carrick, a Pulitzer Prize photojournalist who was embedded with the US Army in Vietnam during the war.Xandra and Peter travel to her mother's birthplace, Vietnam, to honor her dying wish by scattering her ashes. While in Vietnam, Xandra takes pictures using an old camera that Peter had used during the Vietnam War. Upon returning home to New York, she develops the film and sees disturbing paranormal visions of images of death. Stunned by the visions, she uses the camera to take pictures at a local park near her apartment. When she develops the pictures from the park, she sees a body in the pond, so she calls the police to report what she saw in her pictures, but she finds herself arrested for the murder of a young woman, a student at Juilliard. Out on bail, Xandra leaves NY for California in search of answers to the disturbing visions that she saw in the pictures, and she knows that the answers can only come from her father. Can Xandra solve the mystery behind the disturbing visions from Vietnam? Was her father part of a conspiracy while he was stationed in Vietnam? Can she prove that she is innocent of the murder she is accused of, or will someone stop her from revealing the secrets and truth that have long been buried?Darkroom is a riveting political mystery suspense thriller that will have the reader sitting on the edge of their seat. The story is set in alternating time periods between the present and flashbacks to the Vietnam War, and intriguingly narrated with alternating first person perspectives by different characters. With vivid descriptive scenes and attention to detail, the author transports the reader back to the historic Vietnam War era of political conspiracies, lies and deceptions, atrocities and horrors of war, murder and paranormal happenings.The author provides a cast of realistic, complex, strong and intriguing variety of characters, and masterly interweaves their individual stories into one heck of a compelling and powerful story. These characters are downright fascinating, and I thought that their varying narrative perspectives provided a realistic element to the storyline.This intense fast paced suspense thriller is jammed packed with enough action, intrigue, twists and turns that will keep the reader captivated, holding their breath and guessing until the surprising conclusion. If you fancy an intense political thriller with a mixture of family discord and romance thrown in, then Darkroom is the novel for you!Disclaimer: I received the book from the author's publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event.Virtual Book Tour Event: On Wednesday, June 20, 2012, in association with Pump Up Your Book! Virtual Book Publicity Tours, author Joshua Graham participated in a virtual book tour event with an Author Guest Post on Jersey Girl Book Reviews.http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot... http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot...
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    Darkroom by Joshua GrahamPublished by Howard BooksA Division of Simon & SchusterPublication date: May 1, 2012ISBN-10: 1451654693ISBN-13: 978-1451654691At the request of Partners In Crime Tours, an ARC TPB was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion. Synopsis (from Amazon): After scattering her mother's ashes in Vietnam, photojournalist Xandra Carrick comes home to New York to rebuild her life and career. When she experiences supernatural visions that reveal atrocities perpetrated by Am Darkroom by Joshua GrahamPublished by Howard BooksA Division of Simon & SchusterPublication date: May 1, 2012ISBN-10: 1451654693ISBN-13: 978-1451654691At the request of Partners In Crime Tours, an ARC TPB was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion. Synopsis (from Amazon): After scattering her mother's ashes in Vietnam, photojournalist Xandra Carrick comes home to New York to rebuild her life and career. When she experiences supernatural visions that reveal atrocities perpetrated by American soldiers during the Vietnam War, she finds herself entangled in a forty-year-old conspiracy that could bring the nation into political turmoil. Launching headlong into a quest to learn the truth from her father, Peter Carrick, a Pulitzer Prize Laureate who served as an embedded photographer during the war, Xandra confronts him about a dark secret he has kept--one that has devastated their family.Her investigations lead her to her departed mother's journal, which tell of love, spiritual awakening, and surviving the fall of Saigon.Pursued across the continent, Xandra comes face-to-face with powerful forces that will stop at nothing to prevent her from revealing the truth. But not before government agencies arrest her for murder, domestic terrorism and an assassination attempt on the newly elected president of the United States. My Thoughts and Opinion: This book was my first introduction to this author, but I can tell you it won't be my last. Let's start at the beginning. The prologue was 1.5 pages and I was hooked. The author then takes the reader to Viet Nam and introduces us to the main character, Xandra, and her father. The descriptive narrative of the setting, as seen through the eyes of Xandra, was detailed and it was easy to vividly conjure up the location in my mind. His writing style flawless and format was the type of novel I have enjoyed for years. Short chapters that alternate between characters, time and place, which is the type of read where it's a "few more chapters" book to find out what happens from the mini cliff hanger chapters and you find that you have read more than a few more chapters. A 366 page novel that was read in a couple of days due to the suspense and page turning events. A cast of characters that were realistic, even with a psychic like sub plot. The author has a flair to interweave the characters but not letting the reader know the connection until the very end. The book was captivating and engrossing, and held me hostage since it was hard to put down. Also included were questions for a book club read and something that I had never seen before but very much enjoyed, an eleven Q&A interview with the author. A great read!! My Rating: 4(2012 Challenges: Mystery/Suspense, In A Name, Off The Shelf, Serial killers, Free Reads, Where Are You, A-Z, Merely Mystery, 52 in 52, Outdo Yourself, 100+)
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  • Carrie Ardoin
    January 1, 1970
    Xandra Carrick and her father Peter have just returned from Vietnam, where they journeyed to scatter her mother's ashes. Upon returning, Xandra goes into her darkroom to develop some photos she had taken with her old analog camera...and is stunned when she sees a body under the water of a pond, that she knows was not there when she took the photo.Soon enough, Xandra becomes a murder suspect, and must fight to save herself and her father when she discovers there is a series of murders that is all Xandra Carrick and her father Peter have just returned from Vietnam, where they journeyed to scatter her mother's ashes. Upon returning, Xandra goes into her darkroom to develop some photos she had taken with her old analog camera...and is stunned when she sees a body under the water of a pond, that she knows was not there when she took the photo.Soon enough, Xandra becomes a murder suspect, and must fight to save herself and her father when she discovers there is a series of murders that is all connected to the Vietnam War. Armed with her camera and her supernatural visions, Xandra must decide who she can trust, when they murders all seem to come back to one very high profile politician.The way you interpret this book may be based on what genre you envision it to be. As a suspense novel, it is just OK. As Christian fiction...well I really am not sure how it compares to other Christian fiction, because I have never read any. But as a combination of both, I'm not really sure it was a success.The story is told through several characters' viewpoints, which can be nice and an easy way to getting all accounts of a story, when done correctly. This novel seemed to have just a few too many viewpoints for me. For example, Colson's wife has one chapter in the beginning, and then we never hear anything from her again. I think at least 2 or 3 people's chapters, we could have done without.And then we have Xandra. I can't say I really identified with her, I found her to be kind of emotionally lacking. She either didn't feel anything, or she was flying off the handle yelling at someone. I wish I could have gotten more of her true personality, because she really didn't seem to have one.I wish I could have learned why Xandra was getting the visions, and where they came from. It was implied but not expressly stated that they were a gift from God. Maybe it's just the supernatural reader in me, but that answer didn't seem to satisfying.The backstory in Vietnam and how Xandra's parents met and got married was lovely, but I don't think so much of it needed to be told. Obviously some of it was crucial to the big cover-up, but there are several parts I could have done without.All in all, I found this book to be just kind of average. There were no big twists or surprises. And the storyline I was hoping would have a happy ending, did not. I did quite enjoy the author's writing style, so maybe I will check out another of his books, but in a different genre.
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  • Kari
    January 1, 1970
    Darkroom is an intriguing and fast paced book. It was pretty straight forward but had a couple of twists in the end. After finishing the book I walked away with mixed feelings. The thing I liked about this book was the way it was written. The story is told through the points of view of several characters in the book. This was a nice way to get a well rounded view of what was happening. The reader gets to look into the minds of each character. They tell us their own thoughts instead of the writer Darkroom is an intriguing and fast paced book. It was pretty straight forward but had a couple of twists in the end. After finishing the book I walked away with mixed feelings. The thing I liked about this book was the way it was written. The story is told through the points of view of several characters in the book. This was a nice way to get a well rounded view of what was happening. The reader gets to look into the minds of each character. They tell us their own thoughts instead of the writer telling us what they are feeling. I also liked the idea for the story. Government cover-ups and conspiracies always make for a great book. The parts of Grace's journal concerning the Vietnam war and the fall of Saigon give the reader an real insight into the time period. I wouldn't really classify this as a Christian book. There are some religious themes running through it and they fit the story nicely.There were a few things that I didn't like in the book. I felt like for the most part, the book was well written. But, there were a few times when I thought the book could have used some better editing. Some of the conversations and reactions of the characters felt forced and blown out of proportion. I also thought the "romance" between Xandra and Kyle was an unneeded element in the book. It just felt like an afterthought.
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  • Kathleen Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    To me, Darkroom, is a very poignant and emotional read. I really felt for Xandra Carrick, not only for her loss of her mother but also her secretive father. Darkroom is told in two different times, the present and during the Vietnam war. After going with her father Peter, to Vietnam, to scatter her mothers ashes. She had taken some pictures and when she got back home as she was developing these photos, she sees images that are disturbing to her. What she sees in these photo's takes her to a park To me, Darkroom, is a very poignant and emotional read. I really felt for Xandra Carrick, not only for her loss of her mother but also her secretive father. Darkroom is told in two different times, the present and during the Vietnam war. After going with her father Peter, to Vietnam, to scatter her mothers ashes. She had taken some pictures and when she got back home as she was developing these photos, she sees images that are disturbing to her. What she sees in these photo's takes her to a park in New York where she saw the body of a young woman floating in the water, dead. She soon finds herself arrested for the murder of the young woman because she knows things that only the murderer would know. Xandra is released on bail and flees to investigate why these things are happening to her. A Senator, running as an independent for president, is one of the men Xandra finds herself investigating. He had condoned the massacre that happened in Vietnam but does all he can to keep his involvement from coming out. What ensues is a story taken from the news at the time, an exciting, suspenseful thriller that had me eagerly turning the pages until the surprising ending. Political intrigue, atrocities of war and a bit of the supernatural makes Darkroom a very engrossing story. I highly recommend it. I intend to find more works by Joshua Graham to add to my increasing library.
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  • Chelsea
    January 1, 1970
    I became interested in this book mainly because it revolved around Vietnam. I'm a lover of all things War & Literature, so I assumed this book would fit right into my favorite genre. Now, there's not a lot about war or Vietnam in the story, but that was fine with me as the plot unraveled and gave way to something far more than I expected. Not only was this novel uplifting and inspiring on a spiritual level (personally), but it was adventurous, a thriller, a story which literally kept me on t I became interested in this book mainly because it revolved around Vietnam. I'm a lover of all things War & Literature, so I assumed this book would fit right into my favorite genre. Now, there's not a lot about war or Vietnam in the story, but that was fine with me as the plot unraveled and gave way to something far more than I expected. Not only was this novel uplifting and inspiring on a spiritual level (personally), but it was adventurous, a thriller, a story which literally kept me on the edge of my seat. The one and only thing I had a problem with was that I wish we heard more from the President's wife at the end of the book. Putting that aside, however, this is one of the best books I've read this year, and I sincerely hope to read another by Joshua Graham soon. I've already gotten my mother started reading the book, and I might even convince my father to read it. I truly think any gender can enjoy this book and sympathize with not just the main character, but the emotions every character feels and the events that challenge them.
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  • Yvette Thomas
    January 1, 1970
    The reason that I gave it 4 stars is because I got confused at the beginning of the story. I didn't realize that the story was a compilation of multiple story lines that come together. I believe that this was the first time I have read a book like this. After I had realized the multiple story lines, the story was really interesting. I started to guess were the story was going. I was right on a few things and surprised with the ones that I guessed wrong. I am one that doesn't sit down and read fo The reason that I gave it 4 stars is because I got confused at the beginning of the story. I didn't realize that the story was a compilation of multiple story lines that come together. I believe that this was the first time I have read a book like this. After I had realized the multiple story lines, the story was really interesting. I started to guess were the story was going. I was right on a few things and surprised with the ones that I guessed wrong. I am one that doesn't sit down and read for hours on end. But after I was not confused anymore, I wanted to know what was going to happen next. The reading was easy for me, not a lot of big words that I had to look up the meaning to understand the book (in fact I didn't have to look any words up). I am wanting to read more of Joshua Graham's books. I am normally a series reader, but he is one that I want to read no matter if it is not a series.
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  • Gary Hartling
    January 1, 1970
    A most implausible plot involving a President-elect and an embedded photographer and his wife and daughter, switching back and forth between the Vietnam War and near present day. The chapters are titled by the different characters and told from their point of view, so you get to hear what each person is doing and thinking, a writing technique that makes the book seem to have been written by a committee. I say "implausible" because there's no way a person could have been accused and tried of so m A most implausible plot involving a President-elect and an embedded photographer and his wife and daughter, switching back and forth between the Vietnam War and near present day. The chapters are titled by the different characters and told from their point of view, so you get to hear what each person is doing and thinking, a writing technique that makes the book seem to have been written by a committee. I say "implausible" because there's no way a person could have been accused and tried of so many crimes when there was so little evidence. I gave it 3 stars because I did read it to the end to see how it would end. I wouldn’t be looking for a movie out of this story. I’m very surprised that this has so many 4 and 5-star ratings. It makes me think that the collection of reviewers is not a random sampling.
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  • Phil Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    I read Darkroom immediately after finishing Graham's first novel "Beyond Justice", and while I enjoyed it, it was not quite as strong to the end as it's predecessor. The three stars are solid ones - if I could give an extra half star I would have.I really enjoyed the first half of the book; the author's use of switching voices chapter to chapter worked well and kept the pace and interest building. However, I felt that the second half got a little bogged down. (1) More attention was given to expl I read Darkroom immediately after finishing Graham's first novel "Beyond Justice", and while I enjoyed it, it was not quite as strong to the end as it's predecessor. The three stars are solid ones - if I could give an extra half star I would have.I really enjoyed the first half of the book; the author's use of switching voices chapter to chapter worked well and kept the pace and interest building. However, I felt that the second half got a little bogged down. (1) More attention was given to explaining the story than building the stakes, (2) some things stretched believability (and I'm not referring to the supernatural bits), and (3) in the end our heroine had to be thoroughly rescued and came across as disappointingly weak.I do enjoy Graham's writing, and his vivid descriptive ability in particular. I'll look forward to reading the next book he publishes.
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  • PopcornReads
    January 1, 1970
    Book Giveaway & Review: We’re excited to be a stop on the virtual book tour today for Darkroom by award-winning author Joshua Graham, and to host a giveaway for this heart-stopping thriller. One of the things that drew me to this novel is its connection to the Vietnam War, something I haven’t read much about. I don’t know if that’s because I just haven’t run across novels that talk about Vietnam or if it’s because that war is still too much of a sore spot to write about. No matter the reason Book Giveaway & Review: We’re excited to be a stop on the virtual book tour today for Darkroom by award-winning author Joshua Graham, and to host a giveaway for this heart-stopping thriller. One of the things that drew me to this novel is its connection to the Vietnam War, something I haven’t read much about. I don’t know if that’s because I just haven’t run across novels that talk about Vietnam or if it’s because that war is still too much of a sore spot to write about. No matter the reason, I was glad to find this one. Do you like a non-stop thriller that interweaves the not so distant past with the present? One lucky reader is going to win a finished copy of Darkroom! Read the rest of my review & enter to win at http://popcornreads.com/?p=4035.
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  • Amber
    January 1, 1970
    I just finished this book and it was fantastic! I admit I was a little intimidated by the theme and all the Vietnam/ military talk at first but the author, Joshua Graham, does a fabulous job filling you in (without being dull) and keeping the reader from getting lost in case you are unaware of the history. This book is of the conspiracy theory genre and is a fun ride from start to finish. The author also does a great job with character development and I often found myself torn and wanting to roo I just finished this book and it was fantastic! I admit I was a little intimidated by the theme and all the Vietnam/ military talk at first but the author, Joshua Graham, does a fabulous job filling you in (without being dull) and keeping the reader from getting lost in case you are unaware of the history. This book is of the conspiracy theory genre and is a fun ride from start to finish. The author also does a great job with character development and I often found myself torn and wanting to root for the assassin while still rooting for the main character. I look forward to future books by this author and promise if you pick this book up you will read it quickly and enjoy every minute.
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