Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Into the Dark by Stacy Green Review & Giveaway


Branch Manager Emilie Davis is having a day like any other–until two masked men storm into WestOne Bank demanding cash. Her hopes of a quick end to her terror are dashed when she realizes one of the men has no interest in the bank’s money. Emilie is his prize, and he’s come to claim her.

When hostage negotiator Nathan Madigan and Las Vegas SWAT enter the bank on a rescue mission, Emilie’s captor makes a shocking escape into the abyss that lies beneath the city: the Las Vegas storm drains, a refuge for the downtrodden and the desperate. 


Who is the man the media has dubbed the “Taker?” Why is he after Emilie, and what is the connection he’s convinced they share?

Emilie can’t run from the Taker, and she can’t escape her own past. As her life closes in on her, she has nowhere to turn but to Nathan. The lines of professionalism blur as Nathan becomes determined to save Emilie. Together they venture into the depths beneath Las Vegas and discover a shocking piece of the puzzle. 

But the Taker remains one step ahead. Desperate for the threat to emerge from the shadows, Emilie makes a bold move to reclaim her life, and it may cost her everything.


Suspense, light romance, the sewers of LA and a few creeps lead the way in this page-turning thriller.  Why one of the bank robbers want Emilie isn't initially evident, but her past as well as the other main characters is slowly introduced, which does give the reader some foundation to connect with, even if it's not very sturdy.

While I enjoyed the premise and wanted to know why the Taker took Emilie and what he had planned for her, I also enjoyed getting to know the sewers and underground tunnels where a lot of homeless reside.  A downside for me would be some very idiotic choices that Emilie makes, but I understand it was necessary for the story to move forward.  I just think it was a slap in the reader's face to get to like and admire Emilie and then she goes and does something insanely stupid.  I'm also glad that the romance doesn't overpower suspense.  That's a definite bonus for me.  All in all, I found Into the Dark gripping and page-turning and look forward to the next book from this promising new author.  

About the Author: 

Raised 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.
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.
Follow Stacy online at her BlogTwitterFacebook, and  Web site.

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  1. Thanks so much for the honest review. I'm glad you enjoyed the book, and appreciate the suggestions. Good luck to the contest entrants!


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