TopShelf Magazine August 2016 | Page 13

in the dark reviews TOPShelf REVIEWS magazine love is about to be tested when stopping cliffhangers that all Brooke’s case spirals out of control slowly build up to a series of with a chain of related murders, ticking-clock scenarios to including Brooke’s round out her "Quite the storyteller, roommate. third person Patchell has created a Patchell pens a narrative. diverse cast that ranges Certain to nail-biting story in her second novel. from those who exude provide Quite the storyteller, compassionate to a few nightmares, IN Patchell has created a THE DARK is downright loathsome as diverse cast that a top-of-thewell as extremely ranges from those line spineterrifying individuals." chilling thriller. who exude compassionate to a – few downright loathsome as well as Reprinted with Author’s permission.. extremely terrifying individuals. Patchell focuses a couple different techniques to develop Marissa and Seth, her principal characters. While surrounding her featured figures A mother’s search for her daughter with a well-defined cast, Patchell places Marissa and Seth into highly leads to circumstances that go challenging situations—all set within beyond her worst nightmares. Seattle and rugged and remote areas After three divorces, all that Marissa Rooney has to live for are her of the Pacific Coast. Patchell’s style of writing is girls. Marissa learns that Brooke, her nothing less than gripping, college-aged visceral. Alternating between daughter, never unexpected and rapidly showed up to her changing character scenes filled Monday classes. with plenty of red herrings, Besides Brooke’s Patchell deftly captures the mysterious emotions of each moment. disappearance, Tops on the emotional list are Marissa is at her the dread and despair of a wit’s ends since worried mother, the rambling Kelly, her younger Chris Patchell and sick thoughts of a monster, An amusement park featuring daughter, doesn’t and the utter terror of girls want to have werewolves, vampires, and trapped in a kidnapper’s lair. In anything to do with her. Romance zombies is a facade for a begins to bloom when Marissa meets addition to her literary complexities, diabolical plan: MONSTERLAND Patchell closes chapters with heartDetective Seth Crawford. But their AUGUST2016 The kidnapping of a college student is just one in a chilling series of events in: IN THE DARK monsterland TOPShelf magazine AUGUST2016 13