#ATBR2019 – Some Choose Darkness by Charlie Donlea

I got one more in before the wrap up post!

Thanks to Kensington Books for the free copies in exchange for our honest reviews.

SOME CHOOSE DARKNESS – Charlie Donlea (out now!)

Check out the #allthebookreviews thoughts 🙂

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Chandra’s Thoughts: 4/5 stars

“The trust is easy to miss, even when it’s right in front of us.” 

As a person who has always been fascinated with serial killers and their own certain *rituals* or *marks*, this book really fit into my wheelhouse of thrillers to read. What’s especially special about this book is Donlea’s two main female characters being on the Autism Spectrum. While I don’t have a ton of knowledge about this, I do know that in the past autism would be diagnosed as something else and would be a detriment to the person afflicted. Donlea definitely manages to showcase this in a very respectful but harrowing way.

Both Rory and Angela are extremely fascinating characters. I love that both are strong women that deal with their own secrets and share the commonality of extraordinary minds that give them that something special in seeing things others may not. This works well especially for Rory in her line of work in solving old cases.

This book is a bit darker than the only other book I’ve read by Donlea, but not so much as to deter any reader. The opening and ending are sandwiching the amazing filling that never wastes words in the telling of the story. What I love about Donlea is his way of smoothly revealing any of the little twists we find throughout. There’s no big slap in the face but rather a “gooooootcha, there it is… wow” type of feel. Some things I think were fairly obvious but others I wasn’t expecting.

This was a little bit of a slower pace than I typically like. However, I was help captivated about what where the story was going. I did feel like the ending did leave room for a potential sequel but to be honest, I hope not as I think this book stands alone strongly and to be honest, there are enough sequels in my life that I’d be remiss to have to promise myself to another (though if this did move on into a series read, then it wouldn’t be hateful and OF COURSE I’d read it!).

“Some choose darkness, others are chosen by it.” 

My Thoughts: 4/5 stars

This was my second book by Charlie Donlea and I was reminded why I loved his other book! SOME CHOOSE DARKNESS was a fast moving and suspenseful read with all of the elements that I love in the thriller genre. Short chapters to keep you in a perpetual “just one more chapter” mentality, multiple POV’s, a serial killer, high tension, and some incredible female leads.

Who doesn’t love going into the mind of a serial killer? Something that always fascinates me is how an author will dissect these characters and bring us into their perspectives. We alternate between present day and flashbacks to when The Thief was on the loose. The readers are brought through the case and investigation between present day and decades ago as the killings were happening. When The Thief was still at large, Angela was obsessed with trying to catch the killer, and now, Rory is obsessed with following the old case and Angela’s methods.

What makes this unique and stand out compared to the other crime fiction novels in the same vein is that both Rory and Angela are on the Autism spectrum. Their approaches to the investigation are absolutely fascinating and kept me glued to the pages. These women have a different way of looking at things and can see elements that most people can’t. I loved it. The way Donlea does the reveal throughout the book kept me hooked – and I was way off with that ending! Gotta love when that happens, especially when you’re a frequent reader of this genre.

Overall, while there were some slower parts, I really enjoyed this book! There is definitely a darker and more sinister tone to this one, but nothing too graphic. I would highly recommend this and can’t wait to see what Donlea comes out with next.

 

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