Book 137: INTO THE DARK Review

Into The Dark by Rick Mofina
ISBN:  9780778315001 (paperback)
ISBN:  9781460315101 (ebook)
ASIN:  B00BV2WCCU (Kindle edition)
Publication date: June 25, 2013 
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA


Claire Bowen, a haunted psychologist, devotes her life to helping troubled women rebuild theirs. But her dream of a family with her new husband, Robert, a pilot and local hero, begins to crumble as disturbing revelations from his past emerge.


Detective Joe Tanner, struggling to overcome his wife’s death while raising their little girl alone, heads the task force formed to stop the monster who has resurfaced with a chilling message.


In the wake of five cold-case murders across Los Angeles, one of Claire’s most promising patients vanishes. Gut instinct tells Tanner the truth is within his grasp, while Claire is torn between guilt and terror over what’s to come. As time runs out, both are pulled deeper and deeper into an unspeakable darkness.

Claire Bowen was a first-hand witness to the abusive relationship between her parents. She even saw her father kill her mother and younger brother before ultimately killing himself. She’s now in a happy relationship with her husband, Robert Bowen, and dedicates her psychology practice to helping abused women. Now it appears that Claire is caught between one of her patients and her estranged abusive husband. When that patient disappears and the police launch their investigation into the patient, the patient’s husband, and Claire’s practice, more questions are raised than answered. Claire turns to her best friend, a private investigator, to obtain some of those answers. Will answers be found before more bodies are found?

On the surface it appears that Claire and Robert Bowen have the perfect relationship. Robert is loving, attentive, supportive, and hard-working. Unfortunately the more the police search for clues into the murders and Claire’s practice, the more unanswered questions arise about Robert and his background. Claire begins to suspect that maybe it isn’t possible to ever fully know the person you’re in love with and those questions could lead to her demise.

Into the Dark is a fast-paced read that pulled me in from the very beginning. I enjoyed the way Mr. Mofina revealed the warped character of the murderer layer by layer, building the suspense. Even when the murderer is fully revealed, the questions of why, how, and for how long remained. None of the women presented are weak women, but they do have moments of weakness that added to their vulnerability factor. I found all of the characters to be very well-developed and realistic, even the bad guys. If you enjoy a well-written mystery-suspense story with a dark but charismatic bad guy, then Into the Dark may be the perfect read for you.

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

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Book 30: INTO THE DARK Review

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


Branch Manager Emilie Davis is enduring a day like any other–until two masked men storm into WestOne Bank demanding cash. Her hopes of a quick end to her terror are dashed when she realizes one of the men has no interest in the bank’s money. Emilie is his prize, and he’s come to claim her.

When hostage negotiator Nathan Madigan and Las Vegas SWAT enter the bank on a rescue mission, Emilie’s captor makes a shocking escape into the abyss that lies beneath the city: the Las Vegas storm drains, a refuge for the downtrodden and the desperate. 


Who is the man the media has dubbed ‘the Taker?’ Why is he after Emilie, and what is the connection he’s convinced they share?

Emilie can’t run from the Taker, and she can’t escape her own past. As her life closes in on her, she has nowhere to turn but to Nathan. The lines of professionalism blur as Nathan becomes determined to save Emilie. Together they venture into the depths beneath Las Vegas and discover a shocking piece of the puzzle. 

But the Taker remains one step ahead. Desperate and sick of waiting for the Taker to emerge from the shadows, Emilie makes a bold move to reclaim her life that may cost her everything.

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

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

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

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

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Guest Post: Author Stacy Green

Thanks so much to Vivian for having me today! 

In the last decade, my techie husband has turned me into a geek. I love my gadgets, can’t be away from my phone, have an iPad and an e-reader, and I’m fascinated by the seemingly overnight evolutions concerning all things technology. And for a someone like me, who is lazy at heart–being able to buy a book with a few clicks is heaven.

But I’ll tell you a secret. I still love print books, and going into a bookstore still gives me the same fluttery stomach and gooseflesh it always has. 

So many books! So many stories–all the history I need to read about, all the suspense novels I want to read, the beautiful romances and the still amazing classics–all there together, calling out to me. For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be on those shelves. I wanted to be part of the exclusive club that creates a common thread between people of all races and culture.

Now, the big stores dying. The Nook is (supposedly) the only thing that will save Barnes and Noble. Indie stories are closing right and left, and although INTO THE DARK is available for print, I’ve had to restructure my dream of reaching readers to the e-reader.

And that’s okay. But I still love those bookstores, and see my book on the shelves of our local indie bookstore was one of the most wonderful experiences I’ve ever had. It doesn’t matter if that store is just one tiny blip on the radar–it’s still a store that supports books, authors, and most importantly, readers. It’s a local treasure trying to survive in the new world, and I intend to support my local bookstores as much as I can.

Don’t stop buying books for your e-readers. Love and cherish them and the convenience and low-prices they bring. But don’t forget about the little bookstores that can.

An Excerpt from INTO THE DARK:

Emilie risked another glance at him. Narrowed in either anger or grief, his eyes glistened with moisture. “She was wrong. All of those exist in the daylight as well. Poor Jo didn’t need to fear the dark. Her bad luck came on a hot, sunny afternoon.” His voice faltered. 

“What happened to her?” 

“That’s none of your business.” Her captor jumped as though jolted with electricity.

“Josephine belongs to me and to me alone,” he snarled. 

Emilie scooted as far away from the man as the small space would allow. 

“I’m sorry.” His voice was contrite. “Forgive my rudeness. That was extremely ungentlemanly.” 

Intimacy had crept back into his tone. Emilie cringed. 

“Don’t be afraid, Miss Emilie,” Creepy Guy pleaded. “I would never hurt you.” 

“You already have.” 

He edged closer until his covered arm brushed her bare one. The material was soft and lightweight. Breathable. Expensive. Not cheap rags like Joe wore. 

“Only because you’re scared. But I knew we were connected the first moment I saw you. Once you allow me to explain my actions, you will understand everything. You carry our connection with you every day.” 

“We have no connection.” 

“Oh but we do. I’ve watched you for so long, my dear Miss Emilie.” He spoke softly now, like a lover would. “So many times, I was close enough to reach out and touch you, to make you mine. But the time and place weren’t right. Waiting for you has been torture.” 


Enter the INTO THE DARK Charity Raffle!

The homeless living in the storm drains of Las Vegas played a vital part in INTO THE DARK, and I want to give back. From November 1st until February 28th, participants will have several options to enter the raffle, including donating to HELP of Southern Nevada. The grand prize will be a $100 donation from me in the winner’s name to the homeless shelter of their choice.

About the author:

Stacy Green is fascinated by the workings of the criminal mind and explores true crime on her popular Thriller Thursday posts at her blog, Turning the Page

After earning her degree in journalism, Stacy worked in advertising before becoming a stay-at-home mom to her miracle child. She rediscovered her love of writing and wrote several articles for Women’s Edition Magazine of Cedar Rapids, profiling local businesses, before penning her first novel. Her debut novel, INTO THE DARK, is set in Las Vegas and features a heroine on the edge of disaster, a tormented villain, and the city’s infamous storm drains that house hundreds of homeless. INTO THE DARK is available on all digital formats and paperback November 30th.

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