Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Book Review for Iris in the Dark by Elissa Grossell Dickey

 Iris in the Dark by Elissa Grossell Dickey 

Genre:  Thriller, Romance, Fiction

Paperback, 256 pages

Expected publication: June 7th 2022


Taken from Goodreads:
  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. 

My Thoughts:  I had no clue what I was going to be reading.  I wanted to be surprised as it was recommended to me but someone who knows what I like.  My friend was not wrong.   Iris in the Dark is exactly what I love to read.    The book is a thriller, it has romance, and the little boy won my heart. 

I finished the book a few days ago and have not stopped thinking about and talking about it.  I love the characters.  Iris is a single mom.   Of course, she has a history that she does not want to come into her present or future.  Of course, that history cannot stay in the past, it haunts her present.  She lives in fear of what had happened before.  Her only goal is to keep the past behind her and keep her son safe.  I hated how she had to live in fear, I understood the reasoning as the story moved on but I was so sad that she had lived her life like she has for so many years.  

As Sawyer became more of a main character, I knew that he would make a difference in Iris’ life.  I had no idea of the twist that was coming to the story with his part of it.  My jaw dropped; I was in total shock!  Sawyer is exactly the man Iris needs in her life and she is the woman that he needs in hers.   I love their romance. 

Iris in the Dark is an amazing thriller book with enough romance to make me love it.

**Thank you Ann-Marie at GetRedPR for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

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Meet ELISSA GROSSELL DICKEY (Taken from her website):  She is a mother, writer, and multiple sclerosis warrior who believes in the power of strong coffee and captivating stories. An author of book club fiction, Elissa is represented by Sharon Pelletier of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. Her debut novel, The Speed of Light, which follows a life-changing year in the life of a young woman as she grapples with an MS diagnosis, a new love, and a terrifying workplace incident, will be published in spring 2021 by Lake Union Publishing, with Editorial Director Danielle Marshall. My second book, Iris in the Dark, is coming in June 2022 from Lake Union!

A former journalist, Elissa now works in higher education communications and marketing. She is a 2016 Pitch Wars alum whose blog posts have appeared on the National MS Society Momentum Magazine blog. She is also the outgoing board president of Aspire, a South Dakota organization that serves adults with disabilities; and co-creator of the Aberdeen Write Now writing group. Born and raised in Northern Minnesota, Elissa now lives in South Dakota with her husband and children.


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