Book Reviews of Out Of The Dark

Out Of The Dark
Out Of The Dark
Author: Sharon Sala
ISBN-13: 9780778324027
ISBN-10: 0778324028
Publication Date: 5/1/2006
Pages: 384
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 49 ratings
Publisher: Mira
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2
This was a very good book about a young girl who was kidnapped by her mother when she was four and lived a life in a cult. However, after her mother passes away when she is six, her life turns into a living nightmare. Once she escapes, she has to learn to live her life like a normal person and learn to live with her past and to love again. Along the way, however, she has help from a private investigator who was hired to locate her for her father after she was spotted at an art fair.

Great read. I highly recommend. I couldn't put it down!!!
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I'm the type of person that has to finish a book once I start reading it, but Out of the Dark seriously made me wish I wasn't. I had to grit my teeth to get through it. The POV was jumpy and inconsistent, the hero was as preachy as a Baptist minister, the heroine was maudlin, the heroine's father was saccharine-sweet, and the dialogue was downright sappy. The only characters that seemed real to me were the villains. I would not recommend this book.
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I loved this bbok! The characters are so real, and the story is wonderful!
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Helpful Score: 1
I just finished this book a couple hours ago. It is one of the best books I have read this year. Sala does an excellent job developing her characters and is able to emotionally wrap her readers into her characters' lives. I cried no less than 4 times during this book. Jade, the main character, was taken by he mother in the middle of the night to go and live with a cult in the mid-70's. Jade's mother dies and horrible things happen to Jade left alone in the cult. 20 years later, her father finally finds her with the help of a friend, Luke Kelly, who takes a personal stake in Jade's life. Sala had me hooked from beginning to end and I had a hard time putting this book down!
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`Well developed charactors and a surprise ending. Sreet Artist Jade rembers little of her early childhood except for the time spent under the ruthless control of a cult leader. I could not put this book down til the end.
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Readers who have come to appreciate Sala's predilection for controversial topics and her ability to skillfully convey their emotional impact will relish this but moving romantic suspense novel. Kidnapped by her upper-middle-class mother, who'd inexplicably "turned into some mushroom-smoking hippie named Ivy," six-year-old Jade Cochrane was prostituted to pedophiles following her mom's death and knew little of childhood besides life in a cult called The People of Joy. Now a gorgeous, albeit troubled, street painter in her late 20s, Jade unwittingly sets in motion a reunion with her long-lost father when she sells a painting to one of his vacationing friends. After Jade's tumultuous, highly publicized return to her loving father's arms, former cult members get wind of her whereabouts and threaten the seeming safety and happiness she's finally found with her father and kind-hearted security expert Luke Kelly. The use of flashbacks lends credibility to Jade's past and helps flesh out her character. Although Sala (Dark Water, etc.) has the tendency to overstate her points, which is evidenced by the book's de trop epilogue, she handles the sensitive issue of Jade's past with skill, never allowing her story to descend into melodrama. In short, this is the perfect entertainment for those looking for a suspense novel with emotional intensity.
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A very good and emotional story. Worth reading.
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One of the best books I have read. Heart breaking and wonderful at the same time.
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Street artist escaped a cult. Ex-cop tries to help a friend find his daughter, taken from him as a child.

It's the same woman.
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Over all a good read. The speed the main character became involved with another character was not believable to me.
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from the back:

In the darkness of her memory terror lurks

Street artist Jade remembers little of her childhood except for the time she spent under the ruthless control of a cult leader, a time marked by terrible abuse and suffering. For the fifteen years since she has escaped his grasp, she has survived by living on the streets and never putting down roots.

Ex-cop Like Kelly knows his friend Sam Cochrane wants nothing more than to find his daughter, Jade, who was taken from him as a child. So Luke uses all his connections to make that happen, not knowing that by reuniting Jade with her father he is exposing her to deadly peril.

In the healing embrace of her father's home, Jade-with Luke's loving help- begins to put fear behind her. But somewhere in the darkness, a man is prepared to kill rather than let Jade reveal the secrets of her childhood. And when her story makes the national news, that someone finally knows where to find her.
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Great book!
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Street artist Jade remembers little of her childhood except for the time she spend under the ruthless control of a cult leader, a time marked by terrible abuse and suffering. For the fiftenn years since she escaped his grasp, she has survived by living on the streets and never putting down roots.....
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good book --- enjoyed it vey much
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A lost daughter is found years after her mother left with her and lived with a cult. She returns to meet the father she barely remembers but is in danger from someone from her past who doesn't want secrets revealed.
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quick easy read with likable characters
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This is an older book from an author I am not familiar with. However, I thought this book was really great! Extremely moving. Cried a couple of times. I will look for more books by this author.
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not her best book
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First time I've read this author. She's pretty good. This book should have ended about two chapters before it did, though. Everything had been said.
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I love Sharon Sala. She is a great writer both under this name and her other name Dinah McCall.
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Maybe the book's characters are a bit one-dimensional, but it's well written, as I have come to expect from Sharon Sala. This one is truly scary, not so much because of graphic blood and gore (though there is enough of that.) It's scary because the use and abuse of children is all too real, and is every parent's nightmare.

From back cover:
In the darkness of her memory terror lurks---
Street artist Jade remembers little of her childhood except for the time she spent under the ruthless control of a cult leader, a time marked by terrible abuse and suffering. For fifteen years since she escaped his grasp, she has survived by living on the streets and never putting down roots.
Ex-cop Luke Kelly knows his friend Sam Cochrane wants nothing more to find his daughter, Jade, who was taken from him as a child. So Luke uses all his connections to make that happen, not knowing that by reuniting Jade with her father he is exposing her to a deadly peril. In the healing embrace of her father's home, Jade--with Luke's loving help--begins to put fear behind her. But somewhere in the darkness, a man is prepared to kill rather than let Jade reveal the secrets of her childhood. And when her story makes the national news, that someone finally knows where to find her.
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Great romantic suspense.
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A good story about a womans triumph over child abuse
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Wonderful book. I couldn't put it down. It was addictive. Looking at getting another one on this author.
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I cried reading this book. I can't even look at it without getting emotional. What a wonderful story.
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A facinating piece
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This book is a ver emotional book, as you follow the story of a girland how she overcomes her fears
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thiswas a good book by an author who also publishes under the name of dinah macall. story about who excapes a cult and is re united with her real father. a good read. also makes the teara flo.
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In the darkness of her memory terror lurks

Street artist Jade remembers little of her childhood except for the time she spent under the ruthless control of a cult leader, a time marked by terrible abuse and suffering. For fifteen years since she escaped his grasp, she has survived by living on the streets and never putting down roots.

Ex-cop Luke Kelly knows his friend Sam Cochrane wants nothing more to find his daughter, Jade, who was taken from him as a child. So Luke uses all his connections to make that happen, not knowing that by reuniting Jade with her father he is exposing her to a deadly peril.

In the healing embrace of her father's home, Jade -- with Luke's loving help -- begins to put fear behind her. But somewhere in the darkness, a man is prepared to kill rather than let Jade reveal the secrets of her childhood. And when her story makes the national news, that someone finally knows where to find her.
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Street artist Jade knows she was held by a cult as a child, but has very few memories of that time.

Luke Kelly helps to reunite her with her father, little knowing that doing so is exposing her to a deadly peril.
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This book was good. The author really made u sympthazie with the characters.
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Excellent Book. Had me in tears many times.
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EXCELLENT. tALK ABOUT TORTURES OF CHILDHOOD FOLLOWING YOU INTO ADULTHOOD ALONG WITH THE SLIME THAT SENT YOU ON THE RUN. cAN YOU REALLY TRUST YOUR MOTHER, YOUR FATHER, THE ONE THAT COMES TO FIND YOU, OR JUST THE ONE THAT STAYS WITH YOU THROUGH THICK AND THIN. wHO DO YOU TRUST WHEN HE IS GONE? IMAGINE LOOKING OVER YOUR SHOULDER EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY DAY. THEN...
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As good as all the other Sala books I've read. A quick read-hard to put down.
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she could never escape the evil of her past... in the darkness of her memory terror still lurks...
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This is the 1st book I have read by Sharon Sala, although I have read books by the same author writing as Dinah McCall. It had some very sad moments but I think the good moments made up for it.
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Very Good.
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I really couldn't get into this book...
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Street artist Jade remembers little of her childhood except for the time she spent under the ruthless control of a cult leader, a time marked by terrible abuse and suffering. For the fifteen years since she escaped his grasp, she has survived by living on the streets and never putting down roots.

Ex-cop Luke Kelly knows his friend Sam Cochrane wants nothing more than to find his daughter, Jade, who was taken from him as a child. So Luke uses all his connections to make that happen, not knowing that by reuniting Jade with her father he is exposing her to a deadly peril.

In the healing embrace of her father's home, Jade--with Luke's loving help--begins to put fear behind her. But somewhere in the darkness, a man is prepared to kill rather than let Jade reveal the secrets of her childhood. And when her story makes the national news, that someone finally knows where to find her.
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Didn't even try to get into it.
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This book draws you in from the beginning. The main and secondary characters are fantastic. You will fall in love with them. I laughed and cried with the.
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i have read a few of sharon sala's books and have enjoyed them all. this book i had a hard time putting down. looking forward to reading more of her books (also written under dinah mccall)
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Jade was once under the influence of a cult leader as a child. She escapes and makes a living as a street artist Luke is an ex-cop hired by Jade's father to find her. Little does he know that the reunion can put her in great peril.
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Street artist Jade remembers little of her choldhood except for the time she spend under the ruthless control of a cult leader, a time marked by terrible abuse and suffering. For the fifteen years since she escaped his grasp, she has survived by living on the streets and never putting down roots.
Ex-cop Luke Kelly knows his friend Sam Cochrane wants nothing more than to find his daughter, Jade, who was taken from him as a child. So Luke uses his connections to make that happen, not knowing that reuniting Jade with her father he is exposing her to a deadly peril.
This story hooks you from the very beginning and keeps you enthralled until the very end. A very good book.