Review: Dark Room, by Andrea Kane, tells of the horror and sadness of Morgan Winter who was only ten years old when she ran happily into the room on Christmas Eve and found her parents lying on the floor, brutally murdered. Seventeen years have now passed; Morgan and her best friend, Jill Shore, have gone into a lucrative business together. Life is good! Then one day all the memories of the cruel assault and the violence begin to resurface as she is told that the man who was arrested for and convicted of the murder of her parents was innocent.
Andrea Kane vividly brings to life each character in her book, their roles, their traits and their temperaments. Monty, the crusty private investigator and former police officer who was in charge of the crime's investigation seventeen years ago, has been hired by Morgan to delve into the past and find the real killer of her parents. There's the flamboyant Senator Shore and his loving wife, who were Morgan's parents closest friends, and who became legal guardians of Morgan. They brought her up as their own with their young daughter, Jill, who was Morgan's best friend from very early childhood. We are told about the Senator's parents and his wife's parents and Monty's son. We meet some of their friends and colleagues, men and women, of seventeen years ago, some who were actively involved with the investigation back then.
Not only is this a mystery, it is a unique story of the love of parents and children, of men and women and warm friendships. All of the friends and family come to the aid of Monty. Some have stories that may be useful; others can talk to people who may remember the incident. Morgan has pictures and does the Senator and his wife. Much has happened in forensic science over the seventeen years, so these old clues may have new answers. Every one is a suspect now, friends, old comrades, and even the women involved with these men.
Piece by piece, Monty starts putting the seventeen-year-old puzzle together. When he is finished, he is as astonished as the reader to discover the culprit.
Andrea Kane's Dark Room is an "I don't want to put it down" kind of book.
Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of Dark Room.
Acknowledgment: Book Trends provided an ARC of Dark Room for this review.
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William Morrow (Hardcover), April 2008
ISBN-13: 9780061236785; ISBN-10: 0061236780
Location(s) referenced in Dark Room: New York City
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Dark Room by Andrea Kane
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: March 2007
List Price: $23.95