[REVIEW] The Dark Room by Jonathan Moore

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The novel is set in San Francisco, like the first novel ‘The Poison Artist’ (2016). It is said that there will be one more novel called ‘The Night Market’ (2018) also set in San Francisco. These three books are stand-alones and can be read which ever way you want. I will begin this review with a summary of the novel and then I’ll explain why I gave this rating.

Our main character is SFPD inspector Gavin Cain who gets called during an exhumation – ‘digging of the grave’ into a different case that involves the San Francisco’s mayor who is being blackmailed. The mayor got a package containing four photographs:  the first, a blonde woman (who looks like Lauren Bacall y’all); the second, pills and handcuffs on a nightstand; the third, the woman drinking from a flask; and last, the woman naked, unconscious, and shackled to a bed. These photographs are accompanied with a note that says that if the mayor doesn’t kill himself there will be more ghastly things coming his way. The story sets off from that point on, onto a crazy ride of mystery – who’s the woman in the photographs and why have these photographs been sent to the mayor of San Francisco?

First of all I must say that ‘The Poison Artist’ was much better than this one. I had problems with this novel because it didn’t reveal much/or anything at all about what happened in the first novel. The plot itself was well thought of but not done as good as I had hoped Moore would. The characters were fine and there were interesting backstories to some of them but overall the characterisation was weak. I wish I’d seen more depth in the characters. I feel like the end of the story was sort of rushed but the plot twist at the end was very well done (even though it was sort of predictable).

If you’re new to Jonathan Moore and want to start with this book I would not recommend it. Start with ‘The Poison Artist’ and then go decide if you want to read this one. I will wait and see if his third one will be good or bad.

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Jonathan Moore is a Bram Stoker Award nominated author of dark thrillers.

Before graduating from law school in New Orleans, he lived in Taiwan for three years, guided whitewater raft trips on the Rio Grande, and worked as an investigator for a criminal defense attorney in Washington, D.C. He has also been an English teacher, a bar owner, a counselor at a wilderness camp for juvenile delinquents, and a textbook writer.

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[REVIEW] The Poison Artist by Jonathan Moore

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The story follows Dr. Caleb Maddox who is a toxicologist from San Francisco.  What’s interesting about him is beside being  a toxicologist he studies chemical effects of pain. If that isn’t enough to make you read it here’s more.

One night he goes to a bar in which he spots a mysterious woman who’s name he later finds out is Emmeline. Emmeline is a true mystery and she plays a key role in the book for Caleb. He gets called to be a part of a murder investigation which has multiple victims with the same markings on them which makes them serial murders.  This strikes Caleb as odd because all the postmortems are inconclusive and one of the victims was in the bar he was with Emmeline. Was Emmeline behind it all, is she working with someone and she intentionally seduced Caleb knowing about him even before they met? These are all the questions which come up while you read the book. But you’re in for a surprise by the end.

This was a great thriller. I really liked the writing style and the feel of the book that Jonathan Moore created. It made me want to find out more and more about the characters and the story. The reason I gave this book four stars is because I did have some issues with it like: the abrupt ending of the book which could’ve been done better. Maybe the second novel The Dark Room will shine a light on some of the things in the first novel.

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