Dark Room
Andrea Kane
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Dark Room
Andrea Kane
William Morrow
368 pages
March 2007
rated 3 1/2 of 5 possible stars
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At the tender age of ten, Morgan Winter found her parents’ murdered bodies, and ever since she has dealt with emotional and psychological problems stemming from the trauma. Morgan was raised by her parents’ best friends, Congressman Arthur and Elyse Shore, who loved and protected her along with their daughter, Jill, Morgan’s best friend and ultimate business partner.

Seventeen years later, the police admit that they wrongly convicted the man who confessed to Jack and Lara’s murders, and Morgan finds herself once again seeking the real perpetrator. Morgan hires the cop turned private investigator who originally headed the investigation, Pete “Monty” Montgomery. Monty coddled Morgan that devastating night, and his many kindnesses to Morgan helped her make it through that first night and were never forgotten. With dogged determination Monty and Morgan reopen the investigation in hopes of finding clues that could be enhanced by modern-day technology.

Monty recruits his son, Lane, an expert photo-journalist who works for the CIA on occasion . Lane acquires the original crime scene photographs and, using his state-of-the-art equipment, finds clues and answers some of the big questions. Working so closely together, Morgan and Lane discover a growing attraction for one another that gradually develops into a tentative romance.

Hazardous events begin to befall some of the people involved in the investigation and some not involved until later - a near-fatal car “accident”, a brick through a car windshield, ransacked homes, and scary messages.

Dark Room flows at a slow pace despite of the exciting events. Reading the narrative is often like trying to run in mud. Although generally well-written, the story drags at times, lacking a hidden punch, and the ending will surprise few, if any.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Brenda A. Snodgrass, 2007

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