Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Dark Room by Joshua Graham

If you love narrow escapes, deep secrets, on-the-edge-of-your-seat action, and murders, you will love this thriller.

Dark Room begins with a scene during the Viet Nam war with Grace, a Vietnamese girl, being shot and Peter Carrick, a photo journalist, rescuing her.  It then flashes forward to Peter and Xandra, Grace and Peter's daughter, spreading Grace's ashes in her childhood neighborhood in Viet Nam.   The book then moves to present day in California and New York with Peter and Xandra, and the chilling ride begins. There are flashbacks to Viet Nam throughout the book, and these flashbacks play a major part in the story.

As the book continues, Xandra questions....can this really be happening?  How could developing pictures in a  dark room and seeing visions as the pictures are being developed lead to clues in a murder investigation and subsequently her arrest for a murder she didn't commit and one that was contrived to cover up a crime from 30 years ago. 

The scenes are intense and very descriptive, and they will keep you turning the pages. You will learn about Viet Nam, political campaigns, political conspiracy, political deception, and lies that go unexposed, but you will mainly share the fears of Xandra as she experiences her visions, her struggle with trying to find out her father's secret from his past, and the horrors of being accused of numerous crimes and murders she didn't commit.

You will also escape with Kyle and Xandra and be a part of their solving the mystery of why everyone in Echo Company during the Vietnam Nam war is either  dying an unexplained death or being murdered.  The book is action-packed until the last page.

Graham is a commanding writer that will keep any lover of thrillers entertained with his non-stop action and unbelievable revelations of things that could easily happen.  As you near the end, you realize there are very powerful messages being sent out to the reader.  Dark Room can't be labeled anything but an excellent read.  5/5

I received a free copy of this book from Howard Books for my honest review.  The opinions expressed here are my own.


  1. That sounds like a book that would keep you on the edge of your seat!

  2. This book sounds amazing! I will have to look for it.

  3. I'm so into mysteries and thrillers...this one sounds as though it might be just right for me. Is it available on Kindle?

  4. Not sure....I received a printed copy of the book.

  5. Thank you so much for this kind review. It is available for Pre-Order for Amazon/Kindle
    and Barnes & Noble/Nook

    You might be interested in a short blog post I just did today regarding some inspiration for this book: Here

    If you'd like free sample chapters, please come to my facebook page:

    I'd love to hear from everyone, so please feel free to reach out to me on facebook, my blog, or twitter: @j0shuaGraham


  6. Sounds like a good read to me. I'll have to get it when it's available on Kindle.

  7. Thank you for stopping by and visiting me, I'm glad that you enjoyed my postings. I followed you. Have a good day.

  8. thanks for the review! my husband love these kind of books..not me..i like the same old love story classics..boring I know.
    I am your newest follower.

  9. momto8,

    You'll be happy to know that there are not one, but TWO, romantic threads in this book. :)

    Anyway, I hope you and your husband will give it a try and enjoy it! :)


  10. Ooh this sounds like a nail-biter. The last book I read in the same tone was The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Wonder what you thought of that?

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  12. Thanks Megan!

    RE: Stieg Larsen's books,

    I know the story of that series and how it went from unknown to international bestseller. I'm waiting till I have a good solid vacation to start that. I'll blog about it when I do so.

  13. Hi everyone!

    I wanted to personally invite you to one of the most exciting online events ever. It's a virtual book launch part on the day of DARKROOM's release (Tuesday, May 1st, 2012) at 9PM EST/ 6PM PST.

    You can get the details on my blog here:

    We're going to have live webcam interviews with yours truly, and the official unveiling of the Book Trailer, a fun Q&A session with me, and at the end of the party, everyone can enter for a chance to win a lot of great prizes, not the least of which, a new Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet!

    DATE: MAY. 1st, 2012
    TIME: 6:00PM Pacific / 9:00PM Eastern
    How to join:
    - click this link:
    - use the guest tab (not registered users tab)
    - enter your name in the guest field
    - click enter button to join

  14. sounds like a great read! will have to add it to my Kobo list....and start dropping hints about a gift card for Mother's day!

    thanks for stopping by....looking forward to more great reviews.

  15. First, I have to give credit where credit is due - Excellent job, Silver! That review deserved a reward!

    Honestly, I think that book would make a great movie! I would definitely pay to see it!

    Mysteries peak my curiosity! The intrigue that you brought out in the review, Silver is captivating!

    Sounds like a fascinating read!

    If the book is as good as the review and I'm sure it is, then it's a best seller in my book!