When Morgan Winter was just a child, she discovered the bloody bodies of her murdered parents on Christmas Eve. Luckily, Arthur and Elyse Shore, close friends of her mother and father, were there to pick up the pieces of her life, take her in and raise her as their own along with their biological daughter, Jill, Morgan's close friend.
Now Morgan and Jill run Winshore, a top-quality matchmaking service that strives to match men and women with their true loves --- not just on a superficial level but on a deeper and more meaningful plane. Morgan has rebuilt her life and moved on, even though the murder of her parents has always loomed over her. With Christmas just ahead, however, the past surfaces to haunt her again.
Morgan is dreaming of her parents, reading her mother's old journals and studying photos of herself and them in happier days. With the killer convicted and locked away, the past should be behind her, but Morgan can't shake the experience that is always with her just below the surface.
When old friend and retired police detective Pete Montgomery shows up on the doorstep of Winshore, Morgan knows it doesn't bode well for her peace of mind. Detective Montgomery, or Monty as he's known to friends and family, tells her that the wrong man was convicted all those years ago, and the person who killed her parents and destroyed her life has been free all along.
While Morgan is shaken to her core, rather than falling apart she immediately hires Monty, now a private investigator, and determines to see for herself that the right man is caught and punished for this horrible crime. Luckily for Morgan, she is surrounded by loving family and friends. The Shores, Jill and Monty do their best to see that Morgan is supported and upheld in this turbulent time that is shaking them all to their very foundation.
Morgan also meets and is immediately attracted to Monty's son, Lane, a photojournalist who conducts undercover image analysis for the CIA. Lane is used to living life on the edge. One thrill after another suits him just fine. His previous exploits, however, are nothing compared to the adrenaline that flows through his body when he meets Morgan.
Lane is drawn into the mystery surrounding Morgan's parents when Monty asks him to enhance and scrutinize the crime scene photos of Morgan's parents. He quickly becomes confidante and protector to Morgan as well.
It's obvious that Morgan, Monty and Lane's investigation is coming too close for comfort when Morgan and Jill's home is broken into and trashed, a frightening warning is left for Morgan as a cease-and-desist order, and one of Morgan's clients is the victim of a hit and run. Is anyone close to Morgan safe now, or has she placed everyone she loves in greater danger?
Regardless of what happens, Morgan knows the only key to lasting peace and happiness is unmasking the person who killed her parents and stole her youth. The question is, will that truth set her free or will it annihilate her when she finally learns it?
DARK ROOM is an action-packed book where one tantalizing clue is revealed after another. The chemistry between the characters is warm and humorous, and they come across as real people who love and care deeply for one another. I found myself wanting to remain in their company and know what happened next even after the book ended.
Mystery! Suspense! Action! This book has it all. Lots of interesting characters and you will never guess the identity of the real killer. So many secrets, and it is a twist of fate that will open them up. This book had a lot of twists and turns with just a hint of romance. The mystery will have you turning the pages until the surprise ending. You won't be bored with this book or this author.
Ms. Kane's latest suspense read will offer the reader a great escape. With plenty of twists and turns and a colorful cast of characters there is plenty here to keep the reader entertained. Once again we get to visit with Monty the hardened P.I with a heart of gold. The reader will be left guessing who the dark killer is right up to the end. For long time fans of Kane who fell in love with her historical romance stories of the late `90's might feel a disappointed by the lack of romance...this is more mainstream suspense rather then romantic suspense. Romance is an element within the story...but not the main thread. Still, this is a title worth picking up for the storytelling alone.
I usually like Andrea Kane but this one was rather slow getting started and I couldn't stay with it, maybe next time, I will read her again.
Excellent story - one of Andrea Kane's best novels to date.
Very good book, Andrea Kane doesn't disappoint. Read it, now:)
Great book - lotsa suspense - really liked this book.