Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Into the Dark by Stacy Green

Title:  Into the Dark
Author:  Stacy Green
Published:  November 30th 2012 by Stacy Green 
(first published October 1st 2012)
Page Count:  284
Genre:  Suspense (with some Romance on the side)
Shelf: Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:


Branch Manager Emilie Davis is having 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 for the threat to emerge from the shadows, Emilie makes a bold move to reclaim her life, and it may cost her everything.

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

My Review:

What an awesome story. It catches you right from the get-go and doesn’t let go. The amount of suspense that builds up in this story is also astounding. As a reader, you can actually feel things getting out of control.

This book was quite well written. Each section flows smoothly into the next. I also really appreciate the fact that when switching from person to person or scene to scene, Green keeps everything clear. There’s never any confusion as to what’s going on (other than the building of suspense that you’d expect in this novel). I also enjoyed the descriptions that Green employed. Not only were they very informative, they were interspersed throughout the novel and never long or clumpy. Green also made sure that they fit with the scene. Never once did you find a frilly description in a dark or scary scene, and vice versa.

The characters in this novel were all very well developed. I absolutely fell in love with the hero. Not only was he hero material, but he was a real person. He never once verged on becoming a superhero. All of his actions and reactions remained in the realm of reality. The heroine, or damsel in distress as the case may be, was also very well developed. And the best part about the ‘damsel in distress’? She’s not an airheaded Barbie doll. Yes, she has a couple of ‘what were you thinking’ moments, but in general, she was a real person who actually used her brain.

The supporting characters were also quite well developed. They all fit their role in the story without overpowering the main characters. I was very impressed about how Green used these supporting characters to add extra twists and turns into the novel. It added an extra element of depth to both the characters and the story.

On the whole this was a great story. I could barely put it down from beginning to end. I thoroughly enjoyed how well I got to know everyone and the progression of the story.

Buy your copy online here today!

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