Into the Dark
by Stacy Green
Published: October 1, 2012
Genre: Romantic Suspense
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IT’S THE MOMENTS FROM OUR PAST THAT BIND US. 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.
I love romance wrapped in suspense, danger and mystery. I was intrigued by the synopsis for Stacy Green’s novel Into the Dark and agreed to review it. Set in Las Vegas, we interact with the LA
police, FBI and get inside the mind and lives of victim Emilie Davis and her
serial stalker dubbed the “Taker”. From the streets to the tunnels of Las Vegas this
tale kept me turning the pages.
HOW WILL IT END? 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.
The tale begins when branch manger Emilie Davis gets flowers
without a card, as she takes them to the front lobby two masked men enter the
bank firing off rounds and an intense hostage negotiation begins between Nathan
Madigan of the Las Vegas Swat team and the two perps. One of the masked men takes an interest in
Emilie and she quickly realizes he is there for her. Incredible perception on Nathan’s part puts
an end to the situation but not before the creepy perp makes a surprise escape
into the cities underground. The cops slowly begin to realize this was a
carefully laid plan to abduct Emilie, but Nathan worries about the primary
detective getting the job done. His interest in Emilie is different, and it
could land him in trouble with his commanding officers. The tale that unfolds
was suspenseful and filled with well-fleshed out characters and a villain who
gave me goosebumps.
Never have I met two primary characters with so much
emotional baggage. Emilie left home at eighteen, is estranged from her mother and recently divorced. I liked
Emilie but grew to admire her as she came into herself. Nathan blames himself for the death of his uncle
when he was a teen and carries it with him everywhere. He is solid, dependable and really good at
accessing people. I immediately connected with him. The interaction between them started off as
you would expect a victim and the man who she sees as her savior would. Slowly
their relationship grew into something more, and Green handled it well. It felt
real, complicated and genuine. Suspects, bank
employees, law enforcement officers and family members added to the suspense, and
complexity of the characters. The Taker was downright creepy and his back-story
and methodical methods gave me shivers.
Into the Dark took me on a fast paced ride, and I enjoyed
myself. The twists and turns into the psyche of the Taker, and those who aided
him were fascinating, and tripped me up. I thought I knew who the inside man
was and was surprised when all was revealed. The back-stories to Nathan and Emilie
were interesting and added depth to both characters. While I am not sure all of it was necessary I
liked the way the author weaved it into the tale. The relationship felt genuine
and we got a little sweetness and a touch of heat. The climatic scenes towards
the end kept me turning the pages and the conclusion left me satisfied.
Fans of romantic suspense and crime thrillers will
enjoy Into the Dark. This is Green’s
first published work and I look forward to reading more from her. Her next
thriller will be a darker, grittier tale set in the Deep South.
I want to thank the author for providing this ARC in
exchange for my unbiased review.
Three and half cups of coffee from Caesar’s Place out of
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