The Dark Room – ARC Book Review

Title:- The Dark Room

Author:- Lisa Gray

Date published:- will be published on 25th October 2022

No. of pages:- 285 pages

Genre:- Psychological Thriller


Plot:- 4/5

Writing:- 4/5

Overall rating:- 4/5

All’s fair in love and revenge in this taut thriller from bestselling author Lisa Gray.

Ex–crime reporter Leonard Blaylock spends his days on an unusual hobby, developing forgotten and discarded rolls of film. He loves the small mysteries the photographs reveal to him. Then Leonard finds something no one would ever expect, or want, to see captured on film—the murder of a young woman.

But that’s impossible, because the woman is already dead. Leonard was there when it happened five years earlier.

He has never been able to shake his guilt from that terrible night. It cost Leonard everything: his career, his fiancée, his future. But if the woman didn’t really die, then what actually happened?

This was actually a very interesting thriller.

Leonard Blaylock is an ex crimes reporter who develops the forgotten and discarded rolls of film. So he gets a shock when he discovers one of the film rolls contains a picture of a murdered woman. But five years ago, Leonard had seen this woman dying in front of him which cause him to lose his job and fiancee. But if the woman did not die, what really happened back then?

In my opinion, this was a good thriller. Not too fast paced but not a slow burn either. To me it got more interesting by the middle of the book and then started becoming more interesting and intriguing with shocking plot twists. There were also too many suspects as well with a motive to kill. The ending was what actually twisted me in a complete surprise and I actually did not see that ending coming at all. Neverthless, I actually enjoyed reading this book and this is one of the rare thrillers that the main protagonist was a male and a potential villain as well.

So if you like plot twists, then I recommend this book–worth four stars!

Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opionin only.

Lisa Gray is the author of the Jessica Shaw PI series and the standalone thriller THE DARK ROOM.

She decided at a young age that she wanted to write features for magazines and somehow ended up working as a football journalist for almost 20 years instead. She now writes novels full-time.

An avid reader, she was hooked on Sweet Valley High and Point Horror books as a youngster, before turning to crime. Her favorite authors include Michael Connelly, Lee Child and Karin Slaughter.

THIN AIR was her debut crime novel. The other books in the Jessica Shaw series are BAD MEMORY, DARK HIGHWAY and LONELY HEARTS.

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