2/15/18

In the Dark Audio - Chris Patchell



5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
When the worst happens and her daughter goes missing, a mother will do anything to find her… Marissa Rooney’s daughter, Brooke, has been missing for days. Her roommate hasn’t seen her since that night in the bar. Standing in the middle of her daughter’s dorm room with a half-used vial of insulin clenched in her hand, Marissa comes to the terrifying realization that if she has Brooke’s insulin, it means that Brooke does not. The missing person’s investigation takes a sudden and deadly turn when the police discover the body of another college student who went missing a week before Brooke. Desperate to find her daughter, Marissa fears time is running out. But she isn’t alone in her terror. A phantom from Marissa’s past is lurking in the shadows, waiting in the night, and holding her family captive... In the dark.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
When Chris Patchell isn't hiking in the Cascade Mountains or hanging out with family and friends, she is working at her hi-tech job or writing gritty suspense novels. Writing has been a lifelong passion for Chris. She fell in love with storytelling in the third grade when her half-page creative writing assignment turned into a five-page story on vampires. Even back then Chris had a gift for writing intricate plots that were so good her father refused to believe she didn't steal them from comic books. Years later, Chris spent long afternoons managing her own independent record store and writing romance novels. After closing the record store and going to college, Chris launched a successful career in hi-tech. She married, had kids but amid all the madness, the itch to write never really went away. So she started writing again. Not romance this time – suspense filled with drama, and angst, speckled with a little bit of blood. Why suspense? Chris blames her obsession with the dark on two things: watching Stephen King movies as a kid and spending ridiculous amounts of time commuting in Seattle traffic. "My stories are based on scenarios I see every day, distorted through the fictional lens. And my stories come with the added bonus of not having to be restrained by socially acceptable behavior." Recipient of the 2015 Indie Reader Discovery Award for DEADLY LIES.

MY THOUGHTS -
I read and reviewed this book a few years ago (2015! Holy cow, has it really been that long?). Here is my link to that original 5 star review - HERE
I always love Listening to an audio book after I have already read it. It's kind of like watching the movie after the book. Listening to this one was GREAT! I am really looking forward to the next one in this series - Dark Harvest, which I also read a while back.

In my orig. review I said that I didn't like Melissa, the mom - I actually liked her this time around! I guess listening to it made me relate to her more. Once again I loved Brooke! And oddly though I also got to know Mrs. Holt - I didn't even remember her really from the first time I read it. So that just shows you how listening to it, even after reading it, can really make a difference. I picked up on different things.

This is such a great series, very suspenseful! But also getting to the heart of the character's personalities. Chris Patchell has become one of my go-to authors!

So, as for as the audio - The Narrators are - Lisa Stathoplos, Corey Gagne. 
Lisa Stathoplos has been a professional actor working onstage, in film and commercial VO work for many years as well as narrating books and performing in Audiodramas for Audible.com and Hachette Audio. Most recently, Lisa played Nina Locke in Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’ epic multiple Audie award-winning 13-hour audio drama of their wildly popular graphic novel LOCKE AND KEY produced by Pocket Universe Productions’ AudioComics division and Finalrune Productions for Audible Studios.

Corey Gagne is an audiobook narrator, stage, and voice actor from Portland, Maine. Corey trained at Mountview Theater Conservatory (now Mountview Academy) in London, England, and has appeared on stage in London, New York, Philadelphia, Austin, and Portland. His work as an audiobook narrator includes Inci by Mike Resnick and Tina Gower, The Constable's Tale by Donald Smith, the Sin du Jour series by Matt Wallace, The Goblin Crown by Robert Hewitt Wolfe, The Twilight of the Gods Series by Christopher G. Nuttall, The Black Wolves of Boston by Wen Spencer, The Builders by Daniel Polanski, and Dark Harvest and In the Dark by Chris Patchell.
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I thought it was very well done. I loved that there were two voices, male and female that took turns! The female voice does Melissa and Brooke while the male does the detective and the "bad guys". I thought narrators were equally very good. Having the tow voices switching back and forth certainly made it seem more real - like listening to a movie.

Come back on Feb. 22nd to read my review the audio of  Dark Harvest.

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Audiobookwork Promotions Thank You!!
Order your copy from Amazon - HERE

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