Into the Dark

Into the Dark

by Stacy Green


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Branch Manager Emilie Davis is having a day like any other-until two masked men storm into WestOne Bank demanding cash. Her hopes of a quick end to her terror are dashed when she realizes one of the men has no interest in the bank's money. Emilie is his prize, and he's come to claim her.

When hostage negotiator Nathan Madigan and Las Vegas SWAT enter the bank on a rescue mission, Emilie's captor makes a shocking escape into the abyss that lies beneath the city: the Las Vegas storm drains, a refuge for the downtrodden and the desperate.


Who is the man the media has dubbed the "Taker?" Why is he after Emilie, and what is the connection he's convinced they share?

Emilie can't run from the Taker, and she can't escape her own past. As her life closes in on her, she has nowhere to turn but to Nathan. The lines of professionalism blur as Nathan becomes determined to save Emilie. Together they venture into the depths beneath Las Vegas and discover a shocking piece of the puzzle.

But the Taker remains one step ahead. Desperate for the threat to emerge from the shadows, Emilie makes a bold move to reclaim her life, and it may cost her everything.

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ISBN-13: 9781480078994
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/29/2012
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.61(d)

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Into The Dark 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Mominchief More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It has an interesting plot that keeps you engaged. There were times I had trouble putting it down! I look forward to reading more from this new author.
Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Sammy Beware of Spoilers! Into the Dark starts with Emilie receiving flowers and a special poem at work. She is unsure of what to do with them. The author gives it a sinister feel from the first page. Soon there is a bank robbery with hostages, but not all is as it seems. A negotiator is called in to help with the hostage situation. Emilie handles herself fairly well for the circumstances and gets a sense that one “robber” is more than he seems because of the way he is talking and treating her. When things get out of control he tries to take her through a hidden door. I had to suspend my disbelief of a door leading to tunnels in a bank, but it did work in the story and was an important and really interesting part of the story. The kidnapper messes up and doesn’t get Emilie into the tunnels. The author worked magic in describing the tunnels, smells and sounds. Several times I found myself wrinkling my nose because of the way she described the stench. I found this part of the story to be my favorite, going into how people live under the city in the tunnels and how they meet some of the folks. She did a great job of incorporating that part into the story. “The Taker” was more like a slow burn. He was intelligent, and didn’t come across as a total whack job, which made him even more creepy. Don’t let that statement let you think he wasn’t completely off the wall and in dire need of medical help. The author let his illness seep in slowly, building his insanity to a peak by the end of the book. That was nicely done. Several of the characters in the book were not nice, and didn’t have much dimension to them. They were self-absorbed, only thinking about how things affect them. Emilie’s mother, Avery and her co-worker are examples. I liked the character Agent Ronson. She was a strong female, with compassion and knew her job. Emilie made a lot of references about some horrible secret, so it got very built up. Perhaps I read too much into it because when it came out, I didn’t think it was that big of a deal. She did something in the book that put her into the TSTL (Too Stupid To Live) category, leaving by herself. I had to stop reading for a while because she annoyed me so much and I didn’t want to throw my kindle. I felt she was immature even though she was older. It took until the end of the book for me to warm up to her. Nathan was somewhat broken, too. They fit together nicely. The romance was subtle, but it felt all the more intense for it. When I say they fit together, I mean that they both helped one another understand themselves in really positive ways. It was a sweet romance, trying not to start anything because of the investigation…making their relationship deep without all the overt sex happening. It worked well within this story. Overall, I found this story to be a nice read. I loved how the author added the history of the city. Her use of interacting words was a nice change. This is a great book for people who enjoy suspenseful mysteries with an interesting “bad guy” and a bit of romance. This book can go to a wider audience because even though it has a murderous stalker, it’s not written in a gory blood and guts way. The romance is not over the top with graphic sex. It is more of a mind thriller with a romance that doesn’t take over the story, so I can see both young adults and adults enjoying this book. This review and more at openbooksociety dot com
Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
This is not the kind of book I usually like. However, I found myself turning page after page, and burned through it in one weekend. Mostly, I liked the heroine, Emilie. I didn't feel the romance between her and Nathan heated up fast enough, and then it went a little TOO fast for my taste. Also, the villain (The Taker) was borderline more interesting than either Emilie or Nathan.  The stories and visual (and olfactory) tour of the tunnels of Las Vegas were fascinating. Given the title, and the heroine's fear of the dark, I would have preferred for the climactic scenes to end there. Even so, it moved well, ended well, and I will definitely be reading more by this author.
LauralynnElliott More than 1 year ago
This book goes into the category of "couldn't put it down". I found myself carrying my Kindle around while I was getting ready in the mornings, and that always means I'm loving a book. I liked the characters a lot. Emilie did something I thought was stupid, but isn't that what we do in real life sometimes? It made her seem more real to me. The characters had good traits and bad traits just like people in real life. I found myself caring about what happened to them, so the author did a good job with that. They all had pasts that shaped who they were, which made them more interesting. This was a very entertaining book, and I plan on reading everything this author writes. I've read some really mediocre books lately, so it was a relief to find one I loved. A word about the love scene. It was very tastefully done, not too graphic, but the feelings were intense. This book isn't a romance, so the author was spot on with the level of "hotness" that should be in this kind of story. I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.
Hotchpotch More than 1 year ago
unpredictable and surprising! How creepy and scary is it when somebody seems to know more about you than yourself? Especially when that person keeps pursuing you with no end in sight… It eventually propels Emilie in a search for truth about her family and origins. During this time she and Nathan enter some real dark places of the soul as well as the literal kind. The road to freedom is a fight, but the uncovering of the truth – though painful and coming at a high cost – brings its own rewards. And isn’t that true for our lives as well? If only real life would hold the kind of reward the main characters experience in the book! I love a story that is unpredictable and surprising, and Stacy delivers! She did an excellent job with the complexity of the story line, making it an interesting and exciting read, especially as the tale unfolds further and further. Definitely recommended!
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
What an awesome story. It catches you right from the get-go and doesn’t let go. The amount of suspense that builds up in this story is also astounding. As a reader, you can actually feel things getting out of control.  This book was quite well written. Each section flows smoothly into the next. I also really appreciate the fact that when switching from person to person or scene to scene, Green keeps everything clear. There’s never any confusion as to what’s going on (other than the building of suspense that you’d expect in this novel). I also enjoyed the descriptions that Green employed. Not only were they very informative, they were interspersed throughout the novel and never long or clumpy. Green also made sure that they fit with the scene. Never once did you find a frilly description in a dark or scary scene, and vice versa. The characters in this novel were all very well developed. I absolutely fell in love with the hero. Not only was he hero material, but he was a real person. He never once verged on becoming a superhero. All of his actions and reactions remained in the realm of reality. The heroine, or damsel in distress as the case may be, was also very well developed. And the best part about the ‘damsel in distress’? She’s not an airheaded Barbie doll. Yes, she has a couple of ‘what were you thinking’ moments, but in general, she was a real person who actually used her brain. The supporting characters were also quite well developed. They all fit their role in the story without overpowering the main characters. I was very impressed about how Green used these supporting characters to add extra twists and turns into the novel. It added an extra element of depth to both the characters and the story. On the whole this was a great story. I could barely put it down from beginning to end. I thoroughly enjoyed how well I got to know everyone and the progression of the story. Please note that I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
TheStuffofSuccess More than 1 year ago
Into the Dark was a phenomenal story of struggles that people incur in their lives and how they change as a result.  Sometimes for better, sometimes for worse.  The major characters are Nathan, Emilie and Julian.  The characters are very well developed and the story line is amazing.  It is amazing how Julian goes through life and becomes the person he has become.  Quite sad.  The way their characters become intertwined adds such dimension to the story making the experience quite memorable.  Julian reminded me on the surface of a Hannibal type personality - capable of such extreme choices and behaviors.  He was also capable of remaining quite calm and composed in the process of trying to achieve his goal.  It is clear from the beginning of the book - it is exactly that calmness that is quite unnerving.  You have to keep wondering just what he was up to and why?  The storyline building the relationship and trust between Nathan and Emilie is clearly a source of pride for the author and that shines through throughout the development of the relationship.  I give this book five stars for sure.   I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i could not put this book down, I had to keep reading, so many plot twists, kept me guessing. I highly recommend it to everyone.
JoyAnneTN More than 1 year ago
I love a good psychological thriller and this was one that kept me wanting to read more! "The Taker" is after his prize which happens to be Bank Manager, Emilie Davis. He has come to claim her and gets his chance when he is a participant in a bank robbery. It doesn't take Emilie long to figure out he is more interested in her than in getting money. Something goes wrong and he escapes without her...this time. What follows is a frightening tale of stalking, kidnapping, and more. This is a book I couldn't put down! It has everything that makes for a great novel, romance, suspense, and a good ending. It's fast paced and entertaining. 5 out of 5 stars! Enter to win a copy below. I received a copy of this book free from the publisher via Partners In Crime Tours in exchange for an honest review.
BTHM More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book! What I got was a book that I could NOT put down! I literally read til 3am to finish it! What seems like one situation turns into another.People are not what they seem, and dysfunctional people and characters abound. Yet they all make the story better and more exciting. Learning about all the underground tunnels of Las vegas was pretty interesting too! The author gives us a roller coaster read with a very satisfying ending that will leave you wondering when her next book will be out! Pick this one up for some great early Spring reading!  
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
Stacy pens "Into the Dark" in a well thought out plot with some really dark twists and turns that keeps you reading.  Her characters were well developed characters that were likable...but not all. I was impressed with the amount of research Stacy had to go through for the book and the intense suspense throughout the book kept my interest. Highly recommended for all thriller fans. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
What starts out as a bank robbery of the WestOne Bank quickly becomes one obsessed psychopath's attempt to kidnap thirty-four year old bank branch manager Emilie Davis, and take her down into the dark seedy underground tunnels of Las Vegas' storm drain system that lies beneath the city. With the SWAT team closing in, the "Taker" aborts the attempted abduction and escapes into the 200 mile labyrinth to regroup. Hostage negotiator Nathan Madigan knows that whoever this man is, he'll keep trying to get to Emilie. Follow along as Nathan tries to figure out the reason behind the "Taker's" obsession with Emilie, and attempts to protect her before the stalker can succeed to take her into the dark. In her debut novel, author Stacy Green weaves a chilling dark tale of suspense that keeps the reader sitting on the edge of their seat. Written in the third person narrative that alternates between three characters: Emilie Davis, Nathan Madigan, and the "Taker," the reader is transported to Sin City and the deep dark tunnels that lie beneath its city streets. From the start of the book, the author captivates the reader with the intense action that quickly gains momentum as the intriguing twists and turns builds upon the suspense and drama as the story unfolds, all the while keeping the reader guessing who the stalker is and why he wants Emilie so desperately. This psychological thriller is set in Las Vegas, and I think the author does a wonderful job of researching the historical facts of the city and its underground storm drain system. Las Vegas has always been one of my favorite cities, and I was absolutely thrilled with the rich description and vivid details of the city, the storm drain system, and the variety of people who inhabit it. What I found most fascinating about this story is the interweaving of the three characters' secrets, torment, grief and blame from their pasts and present life issues that permeates their lives. As the story unfolds, the author provides clues into the "Taker's" identity and teases the reader to figure it out while also uncovering the genesis of his plan. And if that isn't enough to keep the reader engaged, the author throws in just the right amount of subtle romance into the mix without overshadowing the main focus of the story. With an intriguing cast of characters; engaging dialogue and interactions; and a storyline that has enough thrills and chills that gives the readers goose bumps until the exciting conclusion, Into The Dark is one hell of a gripping suspense thriller that will simply keep you riveted and turning the pages.
MissBethBC More than 1 year ago
I can not stress enough how I enjoy a good mystery! Into the Dark was just that! Excellent, superb and it grabbed me by the heart! I found myself often breathless with the suspense! The synopsis will give you the key elements of the story. Character development was strong and realistic. The plot and storyline suspenseful and mysterious. And I reveled in the fact that Stacy Green was raised in Iowa! There is hope for me yet to be a writer! I absolutely loved Into the Dark , it had all the elements I love, mystery, suspense, action, compassion and romance and a detective you just loved to hate! It also had one you wanted to love too! It was a compelling read and the sections involving the tunnels and the folks that lived there, well it certainly spoke to your heart. Thanks Stacy for providing such a thoughtful and rewarding mystery to us!
kherbrand More than 1 year ago
Loved it!  The action starts immediately with the bank heist and doesn't slow down.  You are introduced to Emilie, Nathan and the Taker all within the first few pages.  Emilie has had a pretty tough life, including an unhappy childhood.  As the book progresses you learn more and more about her life and begin to see why she thinks the way she does.  At the same time though we are learning about Nathan's and Julian's (Taker's) backgrounds and how each of them had tragedies, yet all turned out so differently from each other. Even though this is set in Las Vegas, it has very little to do with the gambling and casinos that everyone associates with Vegas.  What you hear about are the homeless and those living in the tunnels and sewers under the city.  Just today I turned on Inside Edition to see them interviewing one couple that was living in this very sewer system.  I found this to be quite a coincidence, as the many times that I have been to Vegas, I never even knew of this problem.   But back to the book - the tension builds throughout as they get closer and closer to figuring out who the Taker is - and begin to uncover how his plan came to be.  Clues start to crop up helping them to identify him and they are able to link him to another crime committed years before.  It does a very good job of tying it all together at the end.  I am looking forward to Stacy's next book!
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Nicely timed shocks and pleasing characters: They say you should start your novels with a bang, but author Stacy Green lulls her readers with quiet mystery for just the right number of heartbeats first, before setting a powerfully unsettling mix of human reverie and fast action racing across the pages. Emilie has flowers. Emilie has a secret admirer. Emilie has a gunman watching her… At which point, how can anyone resist reading on? The dialog’s pitch perfect and the writing’s quick and smooth, drawing the reader into the heart of each character. Police procedure feels convincing, with sensible conjecture and solid investigation. The characters’ backstories are cleanly told with a minimum of fuss but just enough detail to make their motivations real. And the city of Las Vegas proves to hold far more than its infamous strip, with scenic outskirts pictured as clearly and surely as seamy (and stinky) underground tunnels. Darkness, light and a touch of evil meet as newspapers clutch at the hostage’s past, the quick cop rushes for easy blame, and the SWAT guy tries not to fall for the woman he’s saved. Wounded childhoods have a way of catching up with people. As torments of past and present bind together, the darkness around Emilie deepens, and the terror feels palpably real. Stacy Green’s Into the Dark is a psychological thriller grounded in real lives and fears, built around convincing characters, and nicely woven around real places and intriguing mystery. “Sometimes things are set in motion which we can’t control,” says Nathan as Emilie threatens to fall apart. Sometimes we have to stop blaming ourselves for the past, and accept that others made the choices which hurt us and those dear to us. Sometimes we have to move on. And sometimes in moving on we learn what it was that held us back. There’s honest wisdom and empathy as well as love and fear in Stacy Green’s novel, a satisfying tale that leaves me wanting to read more by the same author. Disclosure: I interviewed the author for my blog and she kindly gave me an ecopy of her novel.