Dancing in the Dark by T.L. Martin
Published by Koru House Press on August 10, 2018
Genres: Psychological Thriller
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“One bronze, oval button. One push. One ding, one dong.And it will all be real.”
I never thought it would be easy. And, yet, nothing could have prepared me for this. For them. For him.The second the black walls of the Matthews House swallow me whole, I know it’s a dangerous game I’m playing. One that threatens to consume me. Taunt me. Cut, burn, and bleed me dry. Until there’s nothing left to take.
In the end, I will find the dark in a way I never expected.In the end . . . I will question everything.
“Ash and dust. Death and murder. When you have no soul, there’s no fear of losing it. And without fear . . . you’re limitless.”
She’s supposed to be a pawn. A gift. Some kind of fucked up way to screw with my head.Another doll, another day.
But no one, not even my brothers, know the secrets of my past. None of us could know what the girl’s presence here really means. For them. For her. Or what secrets of her own she has buried deep behind those deceptively innocent eyes.
But no secret stays buried forever.And not even I can pull the strings when we’re dancing in the dark.
*PLEASE BE ADVISED: this book contains triggers. Dark themes, characters with questionable morals, questionable sexual situations, violence, murder, abuse (including minors), sex, and profanity.
Dancing in the Dark began with a brutal introduction, to the extent I reconsidered whether I wanted to continue reading. I only continued because I had joined a buddy read in a dark readers group. If I chose to stop reading, I needed to justify why and “the content made me squirm” didn’t seem like a good enough reason. I decided to refer back to the synopsis and it was then I recalled my hesitation to vote for this book in the first place. In the end my curiousity got the better of me and I returned to reading. Then, before I knew it, I was hooked into a hellish nightmare that was tempered down by the revenge for justice.
The story centres on Emmy, a young woman who suddenly loses contact with her older sister, Frankie. A phone number left lying about on a note was Emmy’s only lead to her sister’s unexplained silence. She calls the number and bluffs her way through the conversation to get another step closer to finding out what has happened to her sister. Without giving any of the mystery away, suffice to say this was a throw yourself into the deep end investigation. Emmy’s plight ,while mind boggling, was a lot less stressful to read after being somewhat desensitised by the earlier horrendous scenario.
It wasn’t long before Emmy’s need to find Frankie was overtaken by my obsession with Emmy’s safety. Her fixation on Adam became my focus. His quiet and broody nature made him stand out from his brothers. Being uncertain of who could be trusted kept Emmy on her toes. She was as much a mystery to the men as they were to her. At this point in the story, the mystery allowed me to float above the horror.
The crazy set up Adam and the others had formed to seek revenge for the horrific gut wrenching damage inflicted upon innocents went some way to processing their behaviour. It didn’t make it right, far from it, and I didn’t find it seductive at all. This was all about individuals finding their inner peace. The mind games and risk taking melded into a shocking tale of survival that chilled me to my bones.
Dancing In The Dark is a captivating read dark suspense lovers will find challenging. This book won’t be for a lot of readers. For me this was akin to waking up in someone else’s hellish journey and knowing my only way to escape is to follow them through to the end. Take heed of the synopsis and the warnings that are included as it was one of the most challenging dark reads I have read. Thankfully, the final moments of this story took me gently from a fear induced anxiety to a relative calm reader zone.
4 Beyond Dark Stars
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