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February 15, 2014


Drawn Into Darkness

A Novel
Nancy Springer


Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 5th 2013
NAL Trade
ISBN 0451239768
 (ISBN13: 9780451239761)



(from Goodreads)
Darkness lies closer than you think.... Newly divorced, estranged from grown sons who do not answer her calls, Liana Clymer leaves everything for a fuchsia cottage in the Florida swamps. With only a dog for companion, she heads to meet the only neighbors in sight - the blue house across the street.

But minutes after teen Justin answers the door and wins her over with his shy kindness, his face appears on TV, a child kidnapped two years ago. Worse, Justin’s abductor has no intention of letting Liana go. Liana will fight tooth and nail to survive and save Justin. But can she thwart a wily, depraved psychopath for whom abuse is a way of life...and killing is routine?

Nancy Springer

Nancy Springer has passed the fifty-book milestone, having written that many novels for adults, young adults and children, in genres including mythic fantasy, contemporary fiction, magical realism, horror, and mystery -- although she did not realize she wrote mystery until she won the Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America two years in succession. DARK LIE, recently released from NAL, is her first venture into mass-market psychological suspense.
Born in Montclair, New Jersey, Nancy Springer moved with her family to Gettysburg, of Civil War fame, when she was thirteen. She spent the next forty-six years in Pennsylvania, raising two children (Jonathan, now 38, and Nora, 34), writing, horseback riding, fishing, and birdwatching. In 2007 she surprised her friends and herself by moving with her second husband to an isolated area of the Florida panhandle, where the birdwatching is spectacular and where, when fishing, she occasionally catches an alligator.
  The Case of the Missing Marquess (Enola Holmes Mysteries, #1)  I Am Morgan le Fay The Case of the Left-Handed Lady (Enola Holmes Mysteries, #2) The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan (Enola Holmes Mysteries, #4)
This book is definitely a page turner of a thriller.  The pages don't turn fast enough to read this dark, very dark book. This is one of  those thrillers that you just can't let go. It will have you on the edge of the seat and still there when you finish the book. 
 The book kind of gave me the chills.  Snakes and plants, and insects that have names.   A little Creepy.  I don't really see the reason for all the names. This book is for those who are used to snakes, insects and creepy, crawlie things.  I wonder if the writer had possibly experienced some of the dark places. 
 Either that or she has a very vivid imagination.

The story is about Liana Clymer who finds strength to face the  terribly things in her life. She has been separated from her two grown sons because of a bad divorce.  It took spunk to pick up and move to the edge of the swamp.  She took her dog with her to the Florida panhandle. She was looking for happiness and a chance for a new life.
Lonely, she goes across the street to introduce herself to her neighbor. 
 Justin is a shy, timid  teenager who seems nice enough but the Uncle Steve who's watching NASCAR appears evil and mean. She sees no women to become friends with so she turns to leave.  Just as she did, a commercial came on TV.  Justin had been kidnapped several years ago.
 She realizes too late that she's trapped, no way out. She is held captive by a psychopath who thinks that abuse is the only way of life.  I'm sure that murder meant nothing to him. 
 O.K.,  this would have been alright years ago, but these days,  introducing yourself to strangers in their home is looking for trouble. The story is a narrative woven in with other narratives.  Lianna's is a very brutal and evil one. 
 The book tells how with courage and faith you can keep yourself alive as Lianna did.  You can also help others in the process with that strength.  Liana struggles not only for herself but for Justin, the young man she's learned to care about. She's finding a bond with Justin that she just never found with her own sons. 
 The author, Ms. Springer wrote a realistic tale of exactly what happens every day.  Children and women, mostly are abducted and held against their will.  This story told of reality.  It could happen to anyone, and it does.  Although the story is a dark mystery thriller, it was written well and with such realism, it was as if you were closely related to the characters. One of the best thrillers I've read in a while.  I would recommend this book to thriller and mystery lovers that like a little of the dark side. Beware darkness may be next door.

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I would give this book 5 KEYS.

I was given a complimentary copy of DRAWN INTO DARKNESS by Nancy Springer
 from NightOwlReviews for my honest opinion. 
                                                  No other compensation took place.

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