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Scattered, jumbled storySorry to say that I couldn t connect to this one at all There s something about the writing style that made it difficult to get into the story, and though there are elements of the plot that had potential, the execution was lacking that special something to make it work.The story follows Stella, a former child star, as she meets a guy and they begin a relationship that may or may not be healthy Marco recognized Stella immediately upon meeting, and they shared one drunken night together that turned into Somehow Stella has found herself in a relationship, still not all that happy, and with a dependence on pills to get through the day.It s told exclusively from Stella s perspective with a lot of internalization and I think that s partially to blame for the scattered feel Essentially, the story jumps from one of Stella s thoughts to the next, moving forward at a strange pace and not letting the reader get to know Marco as much as we should I think if we d interacted with Marco frequently, it would ve added some tension and really allowed the reader to question his motivations There s definitely some triggering content pertaining to addiction, mental health, etc so keep that in mind when deciding if this is the book for you. The story had good premise but the writing style was lacking Flashbacks are all good when used properly, but shouldn t be used as an oh wait this happened too after the story jumps a week into the future It was like when someone is telling a story and has a relapse and says oh wait this happened before that now where was I again and jumps back to where they left of Was also hard to feel the connection between the main characters. So compelling I read this book in one dayI am an avid reader and can plow through books very quickly in a few days if on vacation I downloaded this at the airport in Newark on my way to Frankfurt and could not put it down Once I arrived at my hotel I continue reading instead of taking a nap I really needed after a red eye flight and finish the book because I needed to know the ending I was so captivated in this story I hope she writes books soon I m sure her topics resonates with me because I have had girl friends find themselves in similar situations and I m glad I was able to help them escape I had this free as an First read book and I thought it was very good Once a child tv star, our heroine whose name escapes me meets an older man and gets involved in a relationship with him Gradually we see him taking control of her life Half way through I found myself wishing that the plot would move on it did as I couldn t bear to spend much longer shouting at the heroine, no, don t do that, don t let him Towards the end, I found it hard to put down, just so I could know what was going to happen I do t usually have such strong reactions to books I don t care for but this book drove me insane Not a single character was in any way like able or relatable The story was disconnected and confusing at times The supernatural element, in my opinion, was completely unnecessary and did harm than good Also, I m going to point out this is yet another story about an unreliable narrator, made unreliable by substance abuse Which, frankly, I am sick of. Absolutely tore through this book over one late night and early morning I love the stuttering time jumps as Stella loses grip on reality because of those damn little gray pills The haunted little ocean cabin was very creepy and vivid I loved the creepy chicken house The best part about this book is the way that you start to suspect every character of messing with Stella, you even suspect Stella of sabotaging herself Really great book, I would read again and recommend it to others. .FREE PDF ⚖ The Silence ♈ Imprint Thomas Mercer Has Snapped Up A Psychological Suspense Debut By Author Daisy Pearce In A Two Book Deal World English Rights Were Acquired From Catherine Cho At Curtis Brown For In The Dark To Be Published In Print, Ebook, And Audio In Spring Followed By A Second Untitled Novel Later That Year In The Dark Is A Chilling Psychological Suspense About Monsters That Lurk In Plain Sight When Former Child TV Star, Stella Wiseman, Encounters Marco An Older Man She Met Previously In A Nightclub Her Something Life Is Fraying, The Synopsis Reads In Despair Over Her Father S Sudden Illness, She Is Only Too Grateful When He Sweeps Into Her Life, Wealthy And Assured, And Deals With Everything She Thinks She Can T Face But Even The Kindest Strangers Can Be Dangerous When Your Life Is At Its Lowest Ebb Editor At Thomas Mercer Jane Snelgrove Said I Will Never Forget Reading The Thrilling Denouement Of In The Dark, Daisy Pearce S Highly Accomplished Psychological Suspense Debut It Was One Of Those Rare Moments Where Everything Disappears Around You As You Chase The Words Across The Page I Am So Looking Forward To Working With Daisy On Her Gripping And Atmospheric Suspense Novels Read this in one day Quick pace, easy to get through, writing style is easy to follow.I love a book with twists and turns but unfortunately this wasn t it, easy to figure out what was going to happen from the beginning so there were no surprises.Still, an enjoyable read, would read others from the author. Compelling storyI found the story and characters pretty compelling The first third was a little slow but the last part, I read all in one sitting I seem to have a fascination with mental illness and why people fall prey to it Worth reading, hope the author has books to check out. No major spoilers Gaslighting at its most extreme and a ghost made this confusing to read, but in all the right ways This book definitely left me feeling creeped out all the way through, and while the full plot was predictable, the details, or perhaps the questions, are what kept me reading.