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Some Choose Darkness

Updated: Dec 29, 2019

Donlea’s writing is masterful and keeps your head in the book



Forensic reconstructionist Rory Moore pieces together crime scene details others fail to see on cold cases for the Chicago Police Department. Cleaning out her late father’s law office a week after his burial, she receives a call that plunges her into a decades-old case.

In the summer of 1979, five Chicago women went missing. The predator, nicknamed The Thief, left no bodies and no clues behind—until police received a package from a mysterious woman named Angela Mitchell, whose unconventional investigation skills appear to have led to his identity. But before they could question her, Angela who has autism disappeared. Forty years later, The Thief is about to be paroled for Angela’s murder—the only crime the DA could pin on him. But the cryptic file Rory finds in her father’s law office suggests there is more to the case, and Angela Mitchell, than what was known by the public, the details of which have been buried for four decades.

Rory’s begins reconstructing Angela’s last days. Drawing connections between the past and present, Rory uncovers dark truths about the reclusive victim, her father, and the man called The Thief that send her down a twisting trail where things may not be as they appear. As she continues to dig, Rory may not be prepared for what she uncovers.

Is it true that some choose darkness, while others are chosen by it?


I couldn’t stop myself from inhaling the pages of this breath-taking thriller. SOME CHOOSE DARKNESS grabbed me on page one and didn’t let go until the last page was turned. The story was simply mesmerizing.

My favorite part the the book were the two main female characters, Angela and Rory. Both are brave, unique and fascinatingly brilliant women, who can remember everything they see and see things others can’t. Author CHARLIE DONLEA portrays these women and the difficulties they face in a compassionate and inspiring manor. I also loved how Rory and her Aunt Greta expertly repair china dolls for relaxation. Donlea’s writing is masterful and it keeps your head in the book.

Donlea is a bestselling author of three other acclaimed thrillers, Summit Lake, Don’t Believe It and The Girl Who Was Taken He lives in Chicago with his wife and two young children and spends a part of each year fishing with his father in the far reaches of Canada, where the roads end and lakes are accessible only by floatplane. Thanks to Netgalley, Charlie Donlea and Kensington for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher Kensington Books

Published May 28, 2019

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