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Into the Dark by Stacy Green (review + 10 things… & give away)

From the Desk of Stacy Green – Ten Things I didn’t know about me…

From the Desk of Stacy-001I’m excited to be visiting Cabin Goddess today as part of my Partners in Crime Tour. I’ve been asked to come up with the top 10 things I didn’t know about me, which is really interesting!

  1. I started my writing journey with INTO THE DARK in 2008, and here are the Top 10 Things I Didn’t Know About Me.
  2. I didn’t know anything about writing a book. A great story didn’t mean squat if I didn’t know how to put it all together.
  3. I can take constructive criticism a lot better than I expected.
  4.  I’m much more drawn to the darker side of human existence, to the how and why of the criminal mind, than I realized.
  5. I really did have the drive to learn the craft of writing, and to finish a book.
  6. Being in my mid-thirties really HAS made me older and wiser. And my body has started to creak…
  7. I love torturing my characters. Not sure what that says about me personally…
  8. I can come out of my comfort zone and meet people. In fact, I’m starting to enjoy it.
  9. I really am proud of my writing, and that is a good thing.
  10. A big slab of chocolate really does soothe my soul.
  11. I love coffee. Biggest revelation of 2012!

My Review


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My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Three is a crowd, especially when all of them are sharing the spotlight in a suspenseful mystery keeping you holding your breath with each turn of the page.

At the top of the triangle is Emilie, our victim and heroine. A branch manager in a bank built on the foundation of one of Las Vegas, NV‘s original glorious hotels and attached to the infamous 200 mile stretch of storm drains. Emilie struggles daily with her role as an independent woman with a past of spousal and parental abuse. With a mother who never wanted or loved her and being driven into the arms of a student counselor whom she married and stayed with for a decade despite the psychological abuse. She is just beginning to heal when the next two corners of this triangle enter her life. She must learn to accept and embrace herself while learning how to deal with being a victim and a treasured loved one all at once. After a lifetime of being treated like trash, just who is she going to accept the love from?

When she showed up for work that day the last thing she expected was to be caught in a violent siege with two masked men who attempt to rob the bank. Caught in a hostage situation she is singled out by one of the men who takes an unhealthy interest in her. Between whispers of familiarity and the threats of the other robber she begins to recognize the danger she truly is in, and it is not from a simple bank robbery, but from this man holding her a bit to close. Little did she know this man was stalking her because of his own dark and broken past. A love long-lost, a childhood taken away to fast. But how would she deal with this and how will she be able to become free of another’s broken past without losing her life?

While Emilie is dealing with her captor and trying to keep calm in the midst of the insanity of a bank robbery gone bad, the hostage negotiator, Nathan, does his best to keep everyone alive and safe. His own past failures still affecting how he deals with each situation. This time he is drawn a bit deeper than usual into the lives of the victims and becomes the one bright light in Emilie’s terror laden darkness.

With three lives so broken, can she be saved? Can she save herself and will Nathan be able to put together the broken pieces of his own past in time to be the one who can rescue her. Emilie’s stubborn streak and refusal to become another victim end up being the focus point in rescuing not only herself, but her stalker and Nathan.

This was a wonderful scripted and twisted tale. A trilogy of pasts brought together into the future with Stacy Green’s ‘Into the Dark’. Each of these individuals told us, the readers their own private stories which are driving points of the book. Each of them exposing more and more of their pain while the rest of the story unfolds around us. What started off seeming to be a basic crime mystery with a touch of romance ended up become a lesson in how darkness can swallow us up if we do not deal with our pasts. The tunnels themselves a metaphor of how hiding and covering up things does not make them go away, eventually they will end up being exposed to the light and becoming more painful to face.

Into the Darkness really took my breath away page by page. I am looking forward to reading more of Stacy Green’s books (plus I now have a new blog to hop to on Thursdays with her Thriller Thursday posts!)

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Into The Dark

Into the Dark by Stacy Green

A two-hundred-mile labyrinth of dark storm drains serves as refuge for the delusional stalker who will go to any lengths to possess fragile, emotionally isolated Emilie Davis. To survive, Emilie will have to confront the secrets of her past she has kept locked away from everyone, including herself.

Emilie is a master escape artist—she’s fled a manipulative mother and a controlling ex-husband. But it’s impossible to evade a stalker who uses a bank robbery as a ruse to kidnap her. He’s still out there, hiding in the Las Vegas tunnels and dodging police. Emilie’s life careens out of control as her assailant continues his pursuit. She has nowhere to turn but to Nathan Madigan, the hostage negotiator who worked the robbery.

Nathan is haunted by his failure to protect a loved one fourteen years ago and has dedicated his life to saving others. Determined to catch the lunatic hunting Emilie, he finds himself losing his professional detachment. He fears history is about to repeat itself if he cannot protect Emilie from the Taker’s obsession.

The police close in on the Taker’s identity as Nathan and Emilie grow closer to each other and to resolving the misery of their own pasts. At the height of The Taker’s madness, his attempt to replace someone he’s lost will either kill them all or set them free.

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Stacy Green

Stacy Green - AuthorRaised in southeastern Iowa, Stacy Green grew up watching crime shows with her parents, so her love of suspense and psychological thrillers is no surprise. She’s fascinated by the workings of the criminal mind and explores true crime on her popular Thriller Thursday posts at her blog, Turning the Page.

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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 a city magazine before penning her first novel. She shelved the long drama and began working on a suspense book set in Las Vegas, featuring 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 suspense with a dash of romance, and Stacy is hard at work on her next book, a darker, grittier thriller set in the Deep South.

When she’s not writing, she spends all her time with her precocious daughter, supportive husband, and their three obnoxious but lovable canine children.

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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.” 

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DISCLAIMER – I received a copy of this book when I signed up to review for a Partners In Crime are was given in exchange for an honest review.

Into the Dark by Stacy Green (review + 10 things... & give away)

7 Comments

  1. Very nice!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  2. Thank you so much. A phenomenal review and post. Great job as always!!!!

  3. What an excellent review! Thank you so much for that. I’m so happy you liked the book this well, and I loved the 10 Things You Didn’t Know About You. One of the most interesting guest posts I’ve done. Thanks for having me!

  4. This sounds like a great book. Great review. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

    • Thank you so much! Enjoy INTO THE DARK if you decide to read:)

  5. This was a brilliant post, I’m hooked. Sometimes just a good write up means all the difference. I have found books that I would not have just picked up just by reading reviews like this one. I am into an R.S.Guthrie book at the moment, Blood Land. It’s been extrememly good, and I came across it on a great review! rsguthrie.com if anyone wants to take a look at that one. I am excited to get into Green’s book! Thanks for this review!

    • Thank you so much for commenting! I’m glad you’re interested in the book and very grateful for the wonderful review. I hope you like the book!

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