The Woman in Darkness by Charlie Donlea. (2019).
(Also titled Some Choose Darkness).
**4 out of 5 stars**
Rory is a forensic reconstructionist and sheds light on cold case homicides by seeing details others can’t. While cleaning her father’s law office, she takes a call that plunges her into a 40 year old mystery. In 1979, five women went missing, suspected murdered by a predator called The Thief. A mysterious woman named Angela sent the police a package which uncovered his identity but then she disappeared. In 2019 The Thief is about to be paroled but a cryptic file inn her father’s office suggests to Rory there’s more to the case that anyone knew. Soon Rory is entangled in the enigma of Angela and what happened to her, and uncovers dark truths about the reclusive woman, her own father and The Thief.
I was super keen to read this book after loving the author’s previous novel (Don’t Believe It). While I enjoyed this book I don’t think it matched the excellence of the last in my opinion. This was a suspenseful story with The Thief’s identity not being confirmed until about halfway through. However I do think the big ‘twists’ were a bit obvious (to me anyway), but that didn’t lessen my enjoyment of the storyline. Told in two timelines being the present and 1979, the focus is primarily on Rory and Angela with small sections from The Thief’s perspective. Rory and Angela are both described as autistic, extremely intelligent and strong women and both their perspectives were very interesting to follow.
I could definitely see this plot being adapted for the big screen in the future and I think those that enjoy the thriller genre would like this novel.