This is not the first novel I've read by Charlie Donlea. A couple of years ago, I read his first novel Summit Lake and was very impressed by his story and writing style. It was an excellent first novel and would be well worth your while to read it. As I read Some Choose Darkness, I can see how he has honed his craft into a splendid blend of mysterious webs that keep the reader guessing and surprised. To my utter delight, I've also realized this is the first in a series and I am very anxious to continue to read about Rory Moore and Lane Phillips's adventures.
Some Choose Darkness is woven in a way that takes you in and out of the past to discover how Rory Moore became who she is today. Although she went to law school and passed the bar on the first try, she prefers not to practice law, but to assist the Chicago Police with cold cases. Rory's reputation for solving the unsolvable is extraordinary. Her relationship with Lane Phillips, the only man she truly trusts, is not only personal but professional. Lane left the FBI to develop an algorithm which assists in determining patterns of victimization that point to serial killers. Together they have created an organization to bring these killers to justice and bring some sense of closure for the families.
Although Lane plays a huge role in this novel, it is mostly about Rory and the discoveries she makes about her own life through a wild set of circumstances. After her father passes away, she is stuck taking the parole hearing case of a serial killer. Everyone knows he's the one they called "The Thief" who strangled five women in the late 1970's. However, he's only convicted of killing his wife who disappeared in 1979. The police at the time said there was no evidence to convict him of the other killings.
I loved the twists and turns in this novel. They kept me turning the page and wanting more. The fact that Rory is autistic and has obsessive-compulsive disorder, makes her an intriguing character. It also gives the reader some perspective on how persons like Rory cope with their everyday lives.
If you love a good mystery that keeps you on the edge of your seat, this one's for you. Using a 1-5 (5 being "Loved It") system, I give this book a five rating. It was easy to read and keep up with the characters, even with all the switching from past to present and back. It satisfied my need to help solve the mystery and as I always say, if I want more once I'm finished reading, that's a great book ---in my opinion. Hope you choose to read Some Choose Darkness. You won't regret it.