College graduate Adrian Ramirez has finally landed his first job, and it's the opportunity of a lifetime: teaching at the elite Finley Academy in his hometown of Newnan, Georgia. Life is on the upswing, and Adrian returns home with girlfriend Lea and high hopes---but the Academy is not the idyll he imagined. Along with the new pressures of adulthood, and a rising anxiety disorder he's having trouble hiding, Adrian discovers there's been a string of unexplained dropouts at the school. He suspects something is amiss with two of his students, identical twins Raven and Robin. One outgoing, one withdrawn, both keeping a secret. When Adrian is accused of being at the center of a student's breakdown, he is forced to dig deeper to unravel the mystery, finding influences of the paranormal along the way. Will Adrian be able to unlock the dark secrets of Finley Academy---and his own past---in time?
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It's been a while since a book has kelp me up past 1am and I must say this book did not disappoint. I read it in one sitting and could not put it down. I just had to know what was going to happen next and Mr. Jackson delivered in every chapter. I highly recommend this book and I look forward to seeing what Mr. Jackson has next.
I just finished a mystery called Whispers in the Dark by Chase J. Jackson. Adrian Ramirez has returned to his home town, Newnan, Georgia to start his first teaching position. He is living in the house he inherited from his grandmother (who raised him) with his girlfriend, Lea Flores. Lea is from Miami, Florida and she wants to be an interior designer. Adrian will be teaching eighth grade English at Finley Academy (a prestigious school for rich kids). Adrian and Lea have been hearing strange noises in the house, but when they investigate no one is there. Adrian remembers hearing the same strange noises growing up in the house. Adrian is excited to start teaching. His first period class contains the smart-aleck, the quiet one (that was me), the clown, and the fashionista. There are twin girls in the class, Raven and Robin (she is the quiet one). The other students call them jailbirds. Dorian is particularly nasty with the girls. Two students left school last year and he blames the girls. One of the students was Dorian’s friend. Something spooked them and they were never the same. Adrian is at his desk one day after school when he hears a group of students in the hall kicking a soccer ball. When he investigates, there are no students. Just a soccer ball in the hallway. There is no way the students could have just disappeared. When something happens to Dorian, Adrian starts to investigate with the help of the school secretary, Denise. What is going on at this school? Are the noises in his house related? Who is behind it? You will have to read Whispers in the Dark to find out! I give Whispers in the Dark 3 out of 5 stars. It is interesting, but I felt it needed more work. The main character was very unlikable. Adrian was very selfish. It had a lovely girlfriend at home, but spent most of his evenings and weekends with his two friends drinking and playing pool (great example for the students). Adrian did not like her complaining, but I do not blame her. I did not understand why she would move with him to a different state where she had no chance of a career (I can understand if he is her one and only but that is not how it comes across). There love (at least on his part) did not seem real. The storyline is interesting and there is a great twist (which really highlights Adrian’s selfish ways). I received a complimentary copy of Whispers in the Dark from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are strictly my own!