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Darkest Place by [Ford, Jaye]
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Length: 346 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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An adrenaline-pumping suspense novel from the author of Beyond Fear. What if a stranger is watching you sleep - and no one believes you?

Carly Townsend is starting over after a decade of tragedy and pain. In a new town and a new apartment she's determined to leave the memories and failures of her past behind.

However that dream is shattered in the dead of night when she is woken by the shadow of a man next to her bed, silently watching her. And it happens week after week.

Yet there is no way an intruder could have entered the apartment. It's on the fourth floor, the doors are locked and there is no evidence that anyone has been inside.

With the police doubting her story, and her psychologist suggesting it's all just a dream, Carly is on her own. And being alone isn't so appealing when you're scared to go to sleep . . .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1122 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Publisher: RHA eBooks Adult (1 February 2016)
  • Sold by: Random House Australia
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B017J5899W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,554 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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After the tragic death of her friends in a climbing accident and the breakdown of her marriage, Charlotte Townsend finds the burden of guilt and grief too much to bear and decides to move to the city to leave her sad past behind. Reinventing herself as “Carly” she buys a new funky apartment in a converted warehouse and enrols in a TAFE course with the intention of reconnecting to her younger, confident self. The first days in her new home are wonderful – as Carly meets some of the other residents of the apartment building, she feels for the first time in years that she is not burdened by her past. Perhaps there is hope for the future yet?

On the third night in her new home, Carly wakes in the middle of the night to the presence of an intruder in her room. The dark silhouette of a man is sitting on the side of her bed, gently stroking her, his breath touching her skin whilst she feels pinned to the bed, unable to move. Terrified, Carly calls the police, but despite an intense search of her apartment they cannot find any sign of illegal entry. Shaken, Carly is determined not to let the incident shatter her new found confidence. She makes sure that her doors and windows are locked at all times, and installs a security chain on the door for extra protection. But a few nights later the intruder appears again – and again. Without evidence, Carly’s credibility is questioned, until she can no longer trust anyone around her – including her own sanity.

Ford is a master of building suspense – once I picked up the book I could not put it down, which made for very little sleep! I loved the balance of suspense, drama and romance, which worked very well in this context.
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4.5★
Frying pan to fire. Cliff face and climbing tragedy in the country to stalker/intruder terror in the city. After the tragedy, she’s become infamous in her hometown, and her mother is so unsupportive she tells Carly “’It’s time you thought about something else. You might never have children, you need to come to terms with that.’” Gee, thanks a lot.

I liked Carly, and I could picture her friends and how and where they live. They seem like real people with their own real back stories. People you might like to meet again. Sadly, they don’t all make it to the end of the book. (No spoilers.)

She’s moved from the country and bought a flat in a renovated warehouse complex where the ceilings are so high that changing lightbulbs is a feat of agility with a very long ladder—something that confronts her almost as soon as she moves in. And the windows are so high and enormous, she can’t cover them with curtains. Exposed. And she’s already a bundle of nerves.

“A long time ago, she’d accepted the anxiety as a passenger on board her life—fighting it had always felt like denying responsibility.”

She signs up for uni courses, meets neighbours, classmates, and hopes to hide her past. But she wakes at night with nightmares, thinking there is a man in her room, and because the police find no evidence of intrusion, they assume she needs counselling and warn her not to pester them.

“She’d come here to start again, to be someone else. Not the reckless Carly . . . and not the guilt-burdened version who’d waited thirteen years for fate to exact its punishment. Someone better, stronger and less selfish; someone worthy—but she wouldn’t find that person if she was screwed around by a scary guy sitting on her bed.
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Darkest Place is the sixth novel by Australian author Jaye Ford and continues her tradition of creating strong likeable female characters amidst a swirling backdrop of secrets and half-truths.

I enjoyed this latest offering from Ford. Carly was a great lead character… She’s been through a lot and – despite this (or because of this) – quite resilient. She’s also self-conscious however, given this past and aware that the police and others may be right and she’s imagining her night-time visitor.

She’s unsure who to trust but eventually shares her story with Nate, her neighbour. He’s got his own cross to bear but there’s a touch of romance… albeit with a hint of menace as Carly can’t be entirely sure her nocturnal guest is imagined. And that it isn’t someone in her building…. including Nate.

Plot-wise we’re kept guessing and Ford introduces an array of peripheral and support characters as potential suspects. That is – of course – if there IS someone playing havoc with Carly’s life.

3.5 stars

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