Iris in the Dark by Elissa Grossell Dickey
A single mother faces her worst fear―the past―in a provocative novel of suspense by the author of The Speed of Light.
Iris Jenkins knows that bad things happen. She’s tried to escape these things for years. So when Iris is entrusted to house-sit at a lodge on the South Dakota prairie, she thinks she’s prepared for anything.
But one surprise is Sawyer Jones, the property’s neighbor and caretaker. He’s a caring, reassuring presence who’s making her feel safe and alive again. Then late one night, Iris hears a chilling cry for help coming from a walkie-talkie buried in a box of toys. As the calls get more desperate, personal, and menacing, Iris realizes the person on the other end isn’t reaching out for help. They’re reaching out to terrorize her.
Now the only way for Iris to move forward in life is to confront the past she’s been running from…a threat that has now followed her into the dark.
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I wanted to love this book so much. The blurb sets the scene for an amazing story, and in fact, the story itself was amazing. Iris Jenkins is running from her past. A past that includes an abusive ex-boyfriend who left her in fear for not only her life but also her unborn son at the time. Lowell Gordon and his partner find a place for Iris in their home and their lives.
Her son, Finn, has just turned seven, and she is Lowell’s assistant at the Prairie Daily News. When the newspaper is sold, she accepts Lowell’s offer to be an event planner at his Windy Acres lodge. However, as it often happens, the past has a way of catching up, and now Iris fears for her and Finn’s lives. She doesn’t want to run anymore, but what can she do?
Sounds amazing, right? Like I said, it was, but for me, it was all of the holes that had me going back and rereading things to see if the answers were there and I somehow missed them. I’m fine with certain characteristics without explanation, but the really important ones sometimes need a little more explanation. There was also a lot going on in this book. Honestly, there was so much it could have been two books.
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