Even as her father lies dying in a hospital north of New York City, FBI Agent Elsa Myers can't ignore a call for help. A teenage girl has disappeared from Forest Hills, Queens, and during the critical first hours of the case, a series of false leads obscures the fact that she did not go willingly.
As the hours tick by, the hunt for the girl deepens into a search for a man--who may have been killing for years. Elsa's carefully compartmentalized world begins to collapse around her. She can find missing people, but she knows too well how it feels to be lost. Everything she has buried--her fraught relationship with her sister and niece, her self-destructive past, her mother's death--threatens to resurface, with devastating consequences.
Can our most painful childhood secrets be forgotten? Or will they always find their way back into our adult lives? These questions lie at the heart of A Map of the Dark, a riveting portrait of a woman haunted by her family legacy, and a race-against-time thriller.
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"One of the most compelling psychological thrillers I've read in a long time, A MAP OF THE DARK grabs you from the very first page and does not loosen its grip.
I read this book in a dayI simply could not put it downbut I will be thinking about it for much longer."
"Deftly plotted and packed with blind curves, A Map of the Dark careens into dangerous territory, where Karen Ellis entwines complex storylines with breakneck precision.
A must-read for fans of taut, unpredictable psychological suspense."
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Hmm, this is a toughie for me. I enjoy reading Karen Ellis' books and love her characters but I admit that I struggled to get into this one. I can only think this is because there is a lot of background information on the main character Elsa and although very important as it explains the motivations pushing her and the daily struggle she has with her inner demons, it did interrupt the flow of the story for me. Having said that, when another in the series comes out, I would give it a go as I think now we have the history out of the way, the story will come to the fore with the intrigue, twists and excitement Karen Ellis is adept at creating. Thanks to the publisher, Hodder & Stoughton, and NetGalley for my copy in return for an honest review.
Pretty good. Worth the couple of hour's read. I will check for future books from this author
Too many things going on. The author gave the main character so many flawsthat she is more of a caricature. The subject(s) addressed in this book are serious, but the author did a poor job of presenting them. The book is predictable and boring.
A quick read with very well developed and likable lead characters. Elsa and her partner, Lex, make a great team and I can’t wait to see what comes next for them. I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thanks to NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton!