Thursday, February 7, 2013

Into the Dark: A Novel of Suspense (Brenna Spector #2) by Alison Gaylin

'Can a stranger share your memories?'

That's the question that haunts Brenna Spector when she first sees footage of missing webcam performer Lula Belle.  Naked but hidden in shadow, the 'performance artist' shares her deepest, darkest secrets with her unseen male audience...secrets that, to Brenna, are chillingly familiar.

Brenna has perfect memory, able to recall in astonishing detail every moment of every day of her adult life.  But her childhood-the years before the traumatic disappearance of her sister, Clea-is frustratingly vague.  When Brenna listens to the stories Lula Belle tells her audience, stories only Brenna and Clea could know, those years come to life again.  Convinced that the missing woman has ties to her sister, Brenna takes the case-and in her quest for Lula Belle, unravels a web of obsession, sex, guilt, and murder that could regain her family...or cost her life.

This one was difficult to put down!  There are a few thrills along the way, but this is one of the best mysteries I've read in awhile.  Brenna is an amazingly created character who really pulls you into this.  As you search for her missing sister, and everyone else missing along the way, you really become tied to her.  You're right there beside her, desperately trying to help her figure this puzzle out. 

 As puzzles go, this one is a doozy!  I had to wait for the book to finish explaining what happened and then think about it for a bit.  Now it all seems so clear and I don't know why I didn't figure it out sooner, but the fact is that I didn't, and that makes this book a complete success in my opinion. You'll find a tad bit of romance, tons of confusion and intrigue, a tiny bit of humor and a whole lot of drama in this fast-paced read.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.  Shawn  

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