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Some Choose Darkness

Charlie Donlea

ISBN 9781496713810
Publish Date 5/28/2019
Format Hardcover
Categories General, Psychological, Police, Serial Killer, Psychological, Thriller/Suspense, Kensington
List Price: $26.00

A modern master of suspense, critically acclaimed author Charlie Donlea returns with a taut, gripping novel about the deadly secrets hiding in plain sight . . .

The truth is easy to miss, even when it’s right in front of us. As a forensic reconstructionist, Rory Moore sheds light on cold-case homicides by piecing together crime scene details others fail to see. 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 come to life once more.

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 unorthodox investigation skills appear to have led to his identity. But before they could question her, Angela 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 fed to the public, the details of which have been buried for four decades.

Rory’s talents are tested as she begins reconstructing Angela’s last days. Making one startling discovery after another, Rory becomes helplessly entangled in the enigma of Angela Mitchell and what happened to her. 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, even Rory can’t be prepared for the full, terrifying truth that is emerging . . .

Praise For The Novels Of Charlie Donlea

Don’t Believe It

“A perfectly executed and entirely satisfying read, Don’t Believe It is a gripping thriller that will blow readers away, from the first page right up to the very last words. Charlie Donlea’s best book yet!” --Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl and Every Last Lie

“Riveting . . . fast-paced. . . . A risky late plot twist will frustrate some readers while thrilling others.” --Publishers Weekly

“You can’t blame Charlie Donlea if the ending of his novel makes your jaw drop. The title alone is fair warning that his characters are no more to be trusted than our initial impressions of them.” --The New York Times Book Review

The Girl Who Was Taken

“A fast-moving page-turner. . . . Donlea skillfully maximizes suspense by juggling narrators and time all the way to the shocking final twists.” --Publishers Weekly

“Well worth the read.” --Booklist

Summit Lake

“A gem of a mystery, fast paced and suspenseful.” —Catherine Coulter, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Donlea keeps readers guessing throughout. The whodunit plot is clever and compelling . . . for fans of nonstop mysteries with a twist.” —Library Journal

“An exciting debut, with all the right touches, captivating from the first page to the last. There’s a bright future ahead for this newcomer to the thriller genre—definitely a talent to watch.” —Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author

About Charlie Donlea:

Charlie Donlea is a USA Today bestselling author who has been praised as a “bold new writer…on his way to becoming a major figure in the world of suspense” (Publishers Weekly). He was born and raised in Chicago, where he continues to live with his wife and two young children. An avid golfer and baseball fan, he 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. With so many choices of entertainment, and countless other books to choose from, he thanks you for spending your time and treasure on his creation. Readers can find him online at

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Mind Blowing (Tuesday, May 21, 2019)
Reviewer: Desiree leonard

An extremely high paste nail biting book! First time ever reading any of Charlie Donleas books but it is most definitely not my last!
Rory Moore finally think she has a life on track until everything starts spinning out of control can she get to the bottom of everything before it is too late? This book makes you think you know what is happening just to turn it right upside down and grab your attention once again. I love how this author was able to entwine the title of the book into the story as well as going Beyond and adding bits and pieces of real life crime history like John Wayne Gracie when he was arrested the same year that part of this book goes back to, as well as going back and forth between 1979 and 2019. Going back and forth between the years you are not only getting bits and pieces of each story but also getting to be part of both of those time settings made it more exciting as well as hooked. This book made me feel like I was going to emotions that Rory was going through and made me want to find out the answers just as much as she did,

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