In the Dark
A secluded mountain lodge. The perfect getaway. So remote no one will ever find you.The promise of a luxury vacation at a secluded wilderness spa has brought together eight lucky guests. But nothing is what they were led to believe. As a fierce storm barrels down and all contact with the outside is cut off, the guests fear that it’s not a getaway. It’s a trap.Each one has a secret. Each one has something to hide. And now, as darkness closes in, they all have something to fear—including one another.Alerted to the vanished party of strangers, homicide cop Mason Deniaud and search and rescue expert Callie Sutton must brave the brutal elements of the mountains to find them. But even Mason and Callie have no idea how precious time is. Because the clock is ticking, and one by one, the guests of Forest Shadow Lodge are being hunted. For them, surviving becomes part of a diabolical game.

In the Dark Details

TitleIn the Dark
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 1st, 2019
PublisherMontlake Romance
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Suspense, Mystery Thriller, Fiction, Romance, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, Cultural, Canada

In the Dark Review

  • Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
    January 1, 1970
    I love knowing when I open a Loreth Anne White book, I'm in for an intense, highly atmospheric experience as her uncanny ability to totally engage readers in a story is nothing short of brilliant. Appreciating this, I settled in to read In The Dark and quickly became enthralled by this extraordinarily addictive, richly detailed suspense thriller. Unraveling the mystery that is presented in this book became an obsession that had me eyeing each character with suspicion as I continuously changed my min I love knowing when I open a Loreth Anne White book, I'm in for an intense, highly atmospheric experience as her uncanny ability to totally engage readers in a story is nothing short of brilliant. Appreciating this, I settled in to read In The Dark and quickly became enthralled by this extraordinarily addictive, richly detailed suspense thriller. Unraveling the mystery that is presented in this book became an obsession that had me eyeing each character with suspicion as I continuously changed my mind about who was trustworthy and who was not. I urge readers to avoid spoilers like the plague and allow yourself a chance to experience this heart racing thriller first-hand. I promise you'll become totally immersed in the dark, twisted plot of vengeance as you search for a common thread uniting this group of misfits - the one that landed everyone on a depraved killer's radar. In The Dark is a compelling, beautifully crafted, fast-paced mystery suspense thriller. After abandoning a diverse group of characters in a beautiful but remote wilderness with a cunning, vindictive killer, White masterfully manipulates one against the other while meticulously stripping their masks of humanity off to expose the dark, ugly secrets hidden beneath. Take note of chapter headings as the story unfolds through different points of view - a great opportunity to peer through the hazy window into each character's mind as layers are peeled away, exposing identities and revealing the hand each plays in this deadly game of retribution. White flawlessly shifts time periods between events that occurred at the lodge over a ten day period and the present day search and rescue effort led by RCMP Sgt. Mason Deniauld and SAR leader Callie Sutton, granting readers the ability to sense both groups increasing trepidation as time runs out. This author's expertise at creating a dark mood and urgent tone of malice early on is evident, only growing stronger and louder as the story progresses. Until finally, the monster lurking in the darkness within each individual surfaces to stalk the dark of night . . . and the others. They can't outrun the truth as the day of reckoning has arrived. Will anyone survive? As always, I immensely enjoyed White's potent, visual, trademark writing style in this book. I consider it a bonus that I finished reading In The Dark feeling this one is extra special - methodical even among the panic and chaos that ensues as the plot thickens, lives unravel, and bodies & minds reach their breaking point. I couldn't turn pages fast enough even though I was almost fearful of what the next page would bring in this heart-pounding suspense story. I challenge fans of mystery, suspense, and psychological thrillers to grab In The Dark as soon as it becomes available, and carve out time to read it (with the lights on!) because interruptions will NOT be welcome until you finish this thriller. And by the way Loreth - this book left me wanting more of Mason & Callie and the possibilities surrounding them. Great potential for a series! Just sayin'!*A special thank you to the author for a personalized arc of this book.**Reviewed at: Cross My Heart Reviews
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  • Dita
    January 1, 1970
    FINALLY! For months I've been skunked by my monthly free read from Kindle Unlimited, but you guys??? DAMN.I will start by saying that I have huge love for a "closed room" mystery and this one was excellent. I could not wait to learn who was knocking these folks off one by one and why.I will say this however to anyone who has never read Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, "Dafuq is wrong wit you?" I'm just kidding.Maybe.No seriously, And The FINALLY! For months I've been skunked by my monthly free read from Kindle Unlimited, but you guys??? DAMN.I will start by saying that I have huge love for a "closed room" mystery and this one was excellent. I could not wait to learn who was knocking these folks off one by one and why.I will say this however to anyone who has never read Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, "Dafuq is wrong wit you?" I'm just kidding.Maybe.No seriously, And Then There Were None is one of the best books in the world and it is discussed at length and full of huge spoilers so read that first and then race to get this one. It's SO good.
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  • Maureen Carden
    January 1, 1970
    In the Dark is partially homage to Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None and possibly TV shows such as Survivor and The Bachelor (come on, isn’t The Bachelor a fight to the death?) But the story is a so much more, a darker, twisted and terrifying riff on which is better, forgiveness or revenge.Maybe In the Dark is also a backward rewrite of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s most famous sonnet, Sonnet 43. “How many ways can I kill you? Let me count the ways? I hate thee to the depth and breadth and he In the Dark is partially homage to Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None and possibly TV shows such as Survivor and The Bachelor (come on, isn’t The Bachelor a fight to the death?) But the story is a so much more, a darker, twisted and terrifying riff on which is better, forgiveness or revenge.Maybe In the Dark is also a backward rewrite of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s most famous sonnet, Sonnet 43. “How many ways can I kill you? Let me count the ways? I hate thee to the depth and breadth and height. My soul can reach when feeling out of sight.” Oh, In the Dark does not lack in dark inventiveness. Nor does it lack in enthralling details of Search and Rescue operations (SAR). So much so that I absolutely knew author Loreth Anne White must have training in the field.A group of people are delivered to a luxury wilderness lodge. But wait, this must be the wrong place! Although the location, deep in the woods, far from civilization is as advertised, nothing else is right. No problem, they will just fly out tomorrow, back to their starting point. Oops, a missing plane and a dead pilot make that impossible.The plane and the dead pilot turn out to be their only chance for rescue. The local SAR team is called out after a group of hunters discover the plane and pilot and the point of departure is determined.On the team is RCMP homicide cop Mason Deniaud who has just transferred to the little isolated Canadian town of Kluhane Bay trying to escape his own demons and SAR expert Callie Sutton. Callie and her young son are in Kluhane Bay for the opposite reason; their dark tragedy doesn’t allow escape from the area.Deadly circumstance make the “guests” at the lodge attempt their own rescuing, heading through the unforgiving woods back to their starting point, hoping that someone has reason to be already searching for them. Each person has an ugly past and someone has a bitter idea of vengeance as reason for having gathered the group together. The story begins almost at the end, and is then unwrapped for us in various time lines; a clever way to enthrall the reader from the beginning. Who is this person stuffing their pockets with cream and sugar and why is she doing this? The differing POVs slowly peel away the characters’ sins and defenses; but White never makes it too complicated to follow what seems to be an intricate story of retribution, but at heart is a simple story of grief. White keeps the reader guessing and at times shaking their head at being wrong again. I followed the two journeys, one of escape and one of rescue with total fascination. I have already learned from another Canadian author that the wilderness isn’t actively trying to kill you, (at least I don’t think so) but does it make it very easy to die. Watching what the SARs and the survivors go through held me spellbound for hours and just reinforced my fear of trees. This is not a romance/suspense thriller. This is thriller all the way. There are hints that a friendship formed may later develop into a romance.White never falters in her sharp skills of drawing us in, fascinating us, teaching us, and scaring us with the depths to which a person can fail and fall. I thank Loreth Anne White for sending me an ARC for review in exchange for a fair and honest review. I know I sound like a gushing fan girl, but trust me, she deserves every accolade. One last comment on In the Dark, from a rework of Sonnet 43 “I shall but hate thee better after death.”
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  • Katie B
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsThis was my first time reading anything by the author, and I enjoyed this one so much I'm gonna have to check out her other novels. This book is kinda like a modern day retelling of the Agatha Christie mystery, And Then There Were None. In fact that book is actually a part of the storyline in this one. Speaking of that, there are quite a few spoilers about And Then There Were None in this book so if you haven't read that one and would like to, make sure you pass on this one 4.5 starsThis was my first time reading anything by the author, and I enjoyed this one so much I'm gonna have to check out her other novels. This book is kinda like a modern day retelling of the Agatha Christie mystery, And Then There Were None. In fact that book is actually a part of the storyline in this one. Speaking of that, there are quite a few spoilers about And Then There Were None in this book so if you haven't read that one and would like to, make sure you pass on this one until doing so.Eight lucky guests have been promised a vacation at a fabulous spa located in the wilderness. After they arrive it soon becomes obvious they were lured there under false pretenses. And now they must worry about their lives because it looks like somebody wants to pick them off, one by one. They each have a secret. Is that why somebody wants them dead?The story alternates between the past in which the murders are taking place as well as the present when we find out someone is alive and homicide cop Mason Deniaud and search and rescue expert Callie Sutton are trying to figure out what the heck happened. The author gave interesting backstories to both Mason and Callie and in my opinion they were the most fully developed characters in the book. It is a bit tricky at first to keep track of all the guests as the story bounces around from each of the characters. It does become easier after awhile though, no doubt helped by the fact the character list keeps getting shorter and shorter as people wind up dead. I read mysteries and thrillers often and I was pretty impressed with this one. It might not be as good as the classic And Then There Were None, but it does stand on its own two feet. The mystery is complex enough I doubt most people would be able to figure out all of the pieces of the puzzle ahead of time. Everyone had something to hide and given you don't know what lengths a person is willing to go to in order to keep their secret, everyone is a suspect. This is the type of story that I thought was very entertaining. What was interesting to me was even though I knew this was a story in which people were going to die, I still was caught off guard a few times. I found myself surprised more than once at how a person died, as well as the timing of the death. And that's why this was a page turner for me because it felt like the author kept my on my toes for so much of the story. Definitely recommend this one for mystery fans. It's not perfect but it's a fun read if you like the genre.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    For my full review, visit me at https://mrsbrownsbooks.wordpress.com/...This was awesome! A brilliant read! I could not put it down but at the same time, wanted to prolong my finishing the story because it was that good. In the end I could not resist temptation and had to finish it. I was not disappointed and am still blown away by my first read from White.For my full review, visit me at https://mrsbrownsbooks.wordpress.com/...
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  • Shannon Dyer
    January 1, 1970
    Round up to 4.5 stars. Review to come at AAR.
  • Aimee Whiteley
    January 1, 1970
    Loreth Anne WhiteI was lucky enough to receive an Advance Reader Copy of "In the Dark" by Loreth Anne White in exchange for this HONEST review of the book. I was even luckier to receive a paperback copy, with a personal note from Loreth thanking me for my support of her work. If the description of the book doesn't pull you, please let her incredible human nature and relatability make a fan out of you. I digress... on with the review:I was not previously a fan of Agatha Christie, Loreth Anne WhiteI was lucky enough to receive an Advance Reader Copy of "In the Dark" by Loreth Anne White in exchange for this HONEST review of the book. I was even luckier to receive a paperback copy, with a personal note from Loreth thanking me for my support of her work. If the description of the book doesn't pull you, please let her incredible human nature and relatability make a fan out of you. I digress... on with the review:I was not previously a fan of Agatha Christie, and had not read any of her books. I was a long time fan of Loreth Anne White though, so when I heard that her newest title would pay homage to Agatha Christie, I knew I had to check it out. I read Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None and I had fun with it, but I wasn't still thinking about the characters days later. I'm not sure I could recall any of their names to be honest. When In the Dark arrived, I was so excited! School took priority though so it took me a week or two until I had time to sit down and read it. By then, Agatha Christie was not fresh in my mind. Loreth Anne White's version begins with subtle references to the Christie version, and an in tune reader can pick up on it and start to make inferences of what's to come. My initial thought was disappointment that I wouldn't be as surprised or as thrilled by the story line if it followed one I already knew. Remakes are never as good as the original right? Well that's exactly why I'm so fortunate that Loreth Anne White is nothing but original. This is NOT a remake. This is a homage. It respects and follows along certain plot lines, but it is not the same! Do not be fooled into thinking you have it figured out ;) As for me, I could not put the book down. I stayed up until 4am reading one night with two toddlers and a midterm waiting for me bright and early that morning. It was that good, it had that much of a pull on me. I immediately posted to Loreth's facebook that I couldn't wait to get back to reading about it and spent the next two days itching to climb back into the story and finish it. The conclusion did NOT disappoint and now, even a week later, I'm still wondering about Callie. I'm still thinking about each and every one of those characters. I won't say anything to spoil it, but if you're like me you'll find yourself wondering how else their lives were impacted beyond this one glimpse into the story, and hoping to hear from Callie again. Masterfully done, I loved this book and I sent it on to my Nana to read (and return to me because I cherish it!) Add it to your wishlist - it comes out in December and you will NOT want to miss it!
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  • Leanne Kale sparks
    January 1, 1970
    Loreth Anne is one of my favorite thriller writers, but this book is one of her best. The twists and turns had me second-guessing everyone and everything right up to the end. Just when I thought I had it all figured out--curveball from out of nowhere. So beautifully written, the setting so wild and mysterious, I felt as if I was in the book, right alongside the characters as they fought the elements while trying to piece together the puzzle before becoming the next victim in someone's deadly gam Loreth Anne is one of my favorite thriller writers, but this book is one of her best. The twists and turns had me second-guessing everyone and everything right up to the end. Just when I thought I had it all figured out--curveball from out of nowhere. So beautifully written, the setting so wild and mysterious, I felt as if I was in the book, right alongside the characters as they fought the elements while trying to piece together the puzzle before becoming the next victim in someone's deadly game. I could not put this book down and was so sad when I reached the final page, wanting the story to go on and on and on. Highly recommend!
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  • Caz
    January 1, 1970
    Review to follow at AAR.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I wish I had started reading this book before Halloween, because it carried with it the feeling of a scary/thriller movie - in fact, while reading I kept envisioning how it would play out on screen.The novel opens with narration from the sole unidentified survivor of a terrifying ordeal that has taken place in recent days. The character is being asked to explain what happened to police. We then go back in time to see the perspective of the detective who arrived on the sce I wish I had started reading this book before Halloween, because it carried with it the feeling of a scary/thriller movie - in fact, while reading I kept envisioning how it would play out on screen.The novel opens with narration from the sole unidentified survivor of a terrifying ordeal that has taken place in recent days. The character is being asked to explain what happened to police. We then go back in time to see the perspective of the detective who arrived on the scene of a downed aircraft, which contains the remains of what appears to be a female pilot.We go further back in time still to meet a cast of characters heading to the yet-to-open-to-the-public Forest Shadow Wilderness Resort and Spa. Each party heading to the resort for the first time has potential interest in bidding to provide various services at the resort, if they like what they see there.The book goes back and forth between different days to piece together the full story, bringing with it mystery and anticipation as you start to learn new things and try to figure out what's going to happen.We get to be inside the heads of the various group of characters who have come to the resort — which doesn't turn out to be at all what they expected — and it seems each person has some secrets of their own or some demons they're fighting. They soon realize that they've all been lured to this situation because of specific circumstances in their life — and that they have a weird familiarity with each other. "We're all being punished for something," one character says.Of course, in the vein of And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, people start to die, and the stakes are raised. I found it challenging at first to try and keep the characters and who they were straight because there were several, but they were fleshed out enough and written with enough variance that it was soon easy to remember them and even get a sense for who they were and what their motivations were. This was a quick and easy read, and I enjoyed the way it was set up with differing timeframes and differing perspectives - it definitely kept up the mystery!(ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)
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  • M
    January 1, 1970
    Agatha Christie fans, you’ll want to read this crime-fiction thriller. I’ve been a huge Agatha Christie fan after reading my mom’s vintage copy of “Ten Little Indians”—before it was re-titled “And Then There Were None.” Loreth Anne White’s book, which is an homage to Christie, is one of the best Kindle First Reads choices I’ve made.This dark crime-fiction has its share of blood, guts and gore via knives, noose, poison, guns, etc. Add to that several references to Stephen King novels. Agatha Christie fans, you’ll want to read this crime-fiction thriller. I’ve been a huge Agatha Christie fan after reading my mom’s vintage copy of “Ten Little Indians”—before it was re-titled “And Then There Were None.” Loreth Anne White’s book, which is an homage to Christie, is one of the best Kindle First Reads choices I’ve made.This dark crime-fiction has its share of blood, guts and gore via knives, noose, poison, guns, etc. Add to that several references to Stephen King novels. The dual-storylines and numerous subplots are delightfully tortuous with twists and turns galore. The police procedural section is combined with search and rescue teams—all fascinating because the Canadian government structure, RCMP and mountain rescues are unfamiliar to me. I love the atmospheric setting in a deserted, two-story, hunting lodge with animal trophy heads, old totem poles, and no electricity. Better yet, the isolated lodge is located on a lake in the heavily-forested wilderness of British Columbia. A plan is concocted to lure eight, handpicked strangers—who hide festering secrets—to the moldering lodge. Of course, upon arrival the weather turns foul with cold, rain, snow and sleet. Take away the floatplane, their only way out. As in the Agatha Christie book mentioned above, let the mayhem and murders begin. Warning to readers who don’t like multiple POVs and/or flashbacks: you’ll get them in spades! Plus, the flashbacks are in no particular order with regards to dates. However, each POV gives readers a compelling and intimate look at the characters, and all of them—police included—are hiding secrets. Happily, the author clearly indicates the date, setting and POV character. Here’s a hint: pay attention to the dates. I was awake, alert and reading for hours. 5 stars. I’ve ordered the Audible version.
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  • RedRedtheycallmeRed
    January 1, 1970
    I already had this book on preorder, so I was really excited that it was a Kindle First pick and I got to read it a month early! I love this author and I think this is my favorite since In the Barren Ground.As with her other books, this one is very atmospheric, the setting is pretty much a character in the book. This time, it's a remote location in northern BC, Canada, beautiful and deadly. It's revealed at the outset that there is a survivor, but that person's identity isn't reveale I already had this book on preorder, so I was really excited that it was a Kindle First pick and I got to read it a month early! I love this author and I think this is my favorite since In the Barren Ground.As with her other books, this one is very atmospheric, the setting is pretty much a character in the book. This time, it's a remote location in northern BC, Canada, beautiful and deadly. It's revealed at the outset that there is a survivor, but that person's identity isn't revealed until the end, leaving us to guess who made it out alive.The book goes back and forth from the mountain lodge party to the police/SAR (search and rescue) who finally realize there might be people missing.All eight people in the lodge party have secrets and those secrets make them immediately distrustful of each other. Distrust moves quickly into paranoia, and they turned on each other very quickly, which made for pretty engrossing reading. The panic and dread (and for some, guilt) were evident in almost every scene.I would not mind seeing the characters Mason and Callie again (or the other police/SAR supporting characters), I would love it if the author revisits them in the future. Or perhaps a crossover book with Tana from In the Barren Ground? (Crosses fingers)
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  • Christina
    January 1, 1970
    My first choice for Amazon First Reads, even though several caught my eye...If this is your first time reading Loreth Anne White, you will NOT be disappointed. I LOVE her writing, and have read all of her books, starting with A Dark Lure. She is fantastic with using the setting as almost a malevolent character in In the Dark, and the way she draws you in with each character she creates, really makes you care deeply about the story she’s weaving. I hadn’t read the Agatha Christie novel that’s My first choice for Amazon First Reads, even though several caught my eye...If this is your first time reading Loreth Anne White, you will NOT be disappointed. I LOVE her writing, and have read all of her books, starting with A Dark Lure. She is fantastic with using the setting as almost a malevolent character in In the Dark, and the way she draws you in with each character she creates, really makes you care deeply about the story she’s weaving. I hadn’t read the Agatha Christie novel that’s mentioned in the story, but she made me want to look it up! Now I don’t claim to be hard to surprise in murder mysteries, but Loreth always keeps me guessing until the end. I especially love the back story she’s given Mason and Callie, my heart breaks for both of them. But their strength in their personal tragedies is even more beautiful. Something tells me she’s not done with them either, and I am anxiously anticipating their appearance in any new stories she tells.I’m so glad she got a chance on Amazon First Reads, as I think she is highly underrated as an author. Her writing is so much more than just solving a murder, her stories are always beautiful portraits of the indomitable human spirit.
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  • Kara
    January 1, 1970
    And Then There Were None is one of my favorite books. It’s smart and thrilling and an excellent character study. This was none of those things. I seem to be in the minority on this one. Like Agatha Christie’s classic, a group of people are lured to a secluded place, and each of these people has a big secret. The book then jumps in time and place from the group to law enforcement trying to figure out what happened. There were so many complex pasts between the group and the investigators that I couldn And Then There Were None is one of my favorite books. It’s smart and thrilling and an excellent character study. This was none of those things. I seem to be in the minority on this one. Like Agatha Christie’s classic, a group of people are lured to a secluded place, and each of these people has a big secret. The book then jumps in time and place from the group to law enforcement trying to figure out what happened. There were so many complex pasts between the group and the investigators that I couldn’t feel like I really got to know the characters. It was so much to cover in a fairly short book, that you only really got to know a handful of characters and fully understand their motivations. This was the best part of And Then There Were None, so I was disappointed that it wasn’t here. It’s still a page turner, but it was too skimmable. I wanted to know what happened, sure, but I really just wanted to get to the end. For a short book, it really dragged on.
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  • Heather Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    I would have finished this novel much sooner but I did not want it to end. A seemingly random group of adults meet to go into the wilderness on a retreat. Promises of a fantastic lodge and a weekend of fun, with some networking. Upon arrival via an 8 seat plane, it’s clear something isn’t right. The lodge looks nothing like the pamphlet. Soon guest start realizing they all have something in common. Something they will go to any lengths to keep from unraveling. I absolutely adore how Loret I would have finished this novel much sooner but I did not want it to end. A seemingly random group of adults meet to go into the wilderness on a retreat. Promises of a fantastic lodge and a weekend of fun, with some networking. Upon arrival via an 8 seat plane, it’s clear something isn’t right. The lodge looks nothing like the pamphlet. Soon guest start realizing they all have something in common. Something they will go to any lengths to keep from unraveling. I absolutely adore how Loreth Anne White was able to build up suspense in each chapter and how emotionally connected I started to feel to everyone. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to uncover the connections and man oh man did I not see the person responsible coming!
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  • Jackie Underhill
    January 1, 1970
    Good story, a few errorsAccording to at least on reviewer there were too many f--- words used...maybe there are a few more cuss words than necessary, but maybe that's just how the world has become...however, there are not so many that they aren't easily ignored by the average reader...There were a couple errors in the middle and toward the end that a good editor should have caught...like a cut that appears on a left hand and then is stated to be on the right hand a few pages later and t Good story, a few errorsAccording to at least on reviewer there were too many f--- words used...maybe there are a few more cuss words than necessary, but maybe that's just how the world has become...however, there are not so many that they aren't easily ignored by the average reader...There were a couple errors in the middle and toward the end that a good editor should have caught...like a cut that appears on a left hand and then is stated to be on the right hand a few pages later and then mixing up the last names of a couple characters...I think it was nicely plotted and the parallels between characters made it satisfying (despite seeming a bit overly coincidental)...An easy read, a good distraction...
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  • Zita Zadrapova
    January 1, 1970
    What a story!I loved this book! Every time I see a description of a book mentioning other inspiration or being similar works, I am a little hesitant, almost like I don't want to tarnish my memory of the original. But this epic tale had me on my toes. It starts sinister enough with one survivor, we don't know who it is. And than the story unfolds. I enjoyed all the aspects, even the backstory of Mason and Callie, although it wasn't important to the flow of the story. Conversation felt plausibl What a story!I loved this book! Every time I see a description of a book mentioning other inspiration or being similar works, I am a little hesitant, almost like I don't want to tarnish my memory of the original. But this epic tale had me on my toes. It starts sinister enough with one survivor, we don't know who it is. And than the story unfolds. I enjoyed all the aspects, even the backstory of Mason and Callie, although it wasn't important to the flow of the story. Conversation felt plausible. It made me feel scared but I couldn't put it down until I was finished. Well done!
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  • Susanne
    January 1, 1970
    After a couple of quite disappointing, over-hyped thrillers (yes, Whisper Man, The Flight Attendant and The Silent Patient!), this November First Reads pick was refreshingly scary! The writing is very good, with fully formed, complex characters, realistic dialogue and the creation of a tense, haunted atmosphere that made the book very hard to put down. The nods to Agatha Christie and Stephen King are a nice touch, and the book is a worthy successor in this tradition.Even though it lost a bit of pace towards the After a couple of quite disappointing, over-hyped thrillers (yes, Whisper Man, The Flight Attendant and The Silent Patient!), this November First Reads pick was refreshingly scary! The writing is very good, with fully formed, complex characters, realistic dialogue and the creation of a tense, haunted atmosphere that made the book very hard to put down. The nods to Agatha Christie and Stephen King are a nice touch, and the book is a worthy successor in this tradition.Even though it lost a bit of pace towards the end, this was one of the best-structured thrillers I've read in a long time.
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  • Tarrah Marie (Wayward Readers)
    January 1, 1970
    A steadfast thriller (not at all a romantic suspense) that pays homage to the classic who-done-it mystery novel. Loreth Anne White delivers an impeccably crafted narrative with a brilliant cast of characters. The plot moves steadily through multiple points of view and delivers all the unsettling thrills that allow readers to become immersed in the storyline. Aside from the misrepresentation of the genre, this book has everything going for it. Absolutely loved it. 5 stars!Thank A steadfast thriller (not at all a romantic suspense) that pays homage to the classic who-done-it mystery novel. Loreth Anne White delivers an impeccably crafted narrative with a brilliant cast of characters. The plot moves steadily through multiple points of view and delivers all the unsettling thrills that allow readers to become immersed in the storyline. Aside from the misrepresentation of the genre, this book has everything going for it. Absolutely loved it. 5 stars!Thank you to #NetGalley and @MontlakeRomance for this ARC of #InTheDark. It was read and reviewed voluntarily, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Tarrah Marie (@wayward_readers)
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  • Linda L. Morrison
    January 1, 1970
    So glad I choose this for my prime readI came across this book by accident on amazon prime monthly reads. So happy I took the chance, as it grabbed my interest from the start, and keeps you guessing until the end. Not your usual “somebody gets murdered, and the investigation into who did it” storyline. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever read anything quite like it. The author really knows how to weave a successful, scary and thought provoking novel. One that you won’t forget. Hopefully she wi So glad I choose this for my prime readI came across this book by accident on amazon prime monthly reads. So happy I took the chance, as it grabbed my interest from the start, and keeps you guessing until the end. Not your usual “somebody gets murdered, and the investigation into who did it” storyline. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever read anything quite like it. The author really knows how to weave a successful, scary and thought provoking novel. One that you won’t forget. Hopefully she will do a sequel so her characters will live on.
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  • Paul
    January 1, 1970
    Outstanding story!Like Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians/ Then there were none, on steroids. And yes the author references this book repeatedly so it is not a cheap imitation. In a lot of ways this story is better!The author does an outstanding job of slowing paying out the story.The characters slow descent into paranoid behavior and madness.The author also does an outstanding job of describing the settings, how cold,damp, uncomfortable and it is in the woods. How cree Outstanding story!Like Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians/ Then there were none, on steroids. And yes the author references this book repeatedly so it is not a cheap imitation. In a lot of ways this story is better!The author does an outstanding job of slowing paying out the story.The characters slow descent into paranoid behavior and madness.The author also does an outstanding job of describing the settings, how cold,damp, uncomfortable and it is in the woods. How creepy it is in the lodge.This is a fantastic book to read this winter If you like Jane Harper books you will love this.
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  • Beckimoody Moody
    January 1, 1970
    And then there were . . .Well-plotted with interesting characters. A group of individuals is invited to a remote spa, only to discover that a very different event has been planned. Each member of the group is hiding a secret, and someone wants justice. The story weaves back and forth from events as they happen and the resulting police search, as well as alternating narrative viewpoints. I guessed the perpetrator but more due to luck and lots of familiarity with the genre rather than poor And then there were . . .Well-plotted with interesting characters. A group of individuals is invited to a remote spa, only to discover that a very different event has been planned. Each member of the group is hiding a secret, and someone wants justice. The story weaves back and forth from events as they happen and the resulting police search, as well as alternating narrative viewpoints. I guessed the perpetrator but more due to luck and lots of familiarity with the genre rather than poor writing. I liked Mason and Callie and will look for any sequels.
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  • Liz Etnyre
    January 1, 1970
    This was my Amazon First Read for November. Nice riff on Agatha Christie's 'And Then There Were None' - with a few spoilers for that book, in case you haven't read it yet. The very end, although satisfying, felt a bit abrupt - like there needed to be just a wee bit more....I don't know (and really don't know how to explain without adding spoilers!)....depth of exposition of the motives? Didn't need a lot more, just somehow felt like a thread - or a layer of understanding maybe? - was missing. St This was my Amazon First Read for November. Nice riff on Agatha Christie's 'And Then There Were None' - with a few spoilers for that book, in case you haven't read it yet. The very end, although satisfying, felt a bit abrupt - like there needed to be just a wee bit more....I don't know (and really don't know how to explain without adding spoilers!)....depth of exposition of the motives? Didn't need a lot more, just somehow felt like a thread - or a layer of understanding maybe? - was missing. Still, 4.5 stars for an entertaining homage to Ms. Christie!
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  • Daria
    January 1, 1970
    A Captivating Story"In the Dark" is about 9 people, all with a secret, or several secrets, to hide. They are brought together under false pretenses in a remote, Canadian mountain resort. They are unable to escape said resort and as they look deeper into their connections with each other, they start to disappear.It is an enveloping story. Hard to put down, with a brilliant puppet master at the helm...though even that wasn't enough to anticipate every human reaction. A very enjoyab A Captivating Story"In the Dark" is about 9 people, all with a secret, or several secrets, to hide. They are brought together under false pretenses in a remote, Canadian mountain resort. They are unable to escape said resort and as they look deeper into their connections with each other, they start to disappear.It is an enveloping story. Hard to put down, with a brilliant puppet master at the helm...though even that wasn't enough to anticipate every human reaction. A very enjoyable "who-dunnit."
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  • Melanie Kircher
    January 1, 1970
    This woman can write. I hope to see more books from her on AmazonMs White starts the circle wide and w each chapter starts winding it tighter and tighter. A hint to Agatha Christie's "And There Were None" is calculated, but not slick. Characters are carefully drawn so that while I have no personal dealings with Search and Rescue people, Ms White made them feel real. Read the book, dear readers. You will, probably like me, read it in one sitting.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this; it got very addictive very fast. I was worried it was going to be too similar to The Hunting Party and I’d be bored but that wasn’t the case at all. It was thrilling and creepy and I went through phases of suspecting every single member of the group. It’s so well written you really feel like you’re in the Canadian wilderness and experiencing it. I’m just glad the romance that was hinted at didn’t occur as this would have spoiled it for me.
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  • Sheila Kviz
    January 1, 1970
    Great take on a timeless plotI thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It was based on the plot of Agatha Christie's Then There Were None. The setting in the wilderness of British Columbia was perfect for the mystery. Sombre, foreboding, wild and majestic describe the land. The characters and the complex chain of events that link them unfold relentlessly. The depravity and beauty that are part of human nature are woven into this story.
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  • Alayne Emmett
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, wow, wow.... this book was fantastic. It was so twisty and very exciting. I received it free from Prime First Reads and I hadn’t heard of this author before, thought I’d give it a go and I’m glad I did. It was the type of book that you can’t stop reading but, you don’t want to finish it as it’s so good.I would love to give it ten stars if I could but, unfortunately I can’t. I highly recommend this.
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  • Courtnie Castille
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked the premise of this. People lured out to a fake vacation that turns out to be a trap is a great trope. 200 pages in this was a solid five star for me. But in the last 200 pages, I got a little bored. I felt like the ending dragged on longer than necessary. I got to the end of a chapter and would have been satisfied if it ended there, but still had 80 pages to go. Good book and I would definitely be willing to read more from this author.
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  • Cathy
    January 1, 1970
    Worth the time it takes to readWorking from the basic idea of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, Loreth Anne White has come up with a winner. The storyline was interesting, characters were well-developed, and there were few, if any, grammar or punctuation errors. Refreshing! The chapters move back and forth between characters and timeframes, which could confuse some readers, but chapters do have headings. This is a standalone story with NO cliffhangers!
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