Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Book Review and Giveaway: Darkroom by Joshua Graham


When Xandra Carrick returns home from spreading her mother's ashes in Vietnam, she plans to get her life back on track. She also hopes to reconnect with her father, with whom she has had a difficult relationship for many years. But when she goes into her darkroom to develop some of the photos she took recently, she suddenly experiences visions that show much more than what she photographed.

Darkroom by Joshua Graham is a thriller that kept me turning the pages late into the night. The first vision Xandra has is of a missing girl floating in a pond she photographed. So she calls the police and tells them to search the pond. When the body is found, she is arrested. Things get worse very quickly as she becomes mixed up in a political conspiracy that dates back to the Vietnam War.

Graham's storytelling provided plenty of suspense throughout, and a few twists and turns. I enjoyed the character of Xandra, but felt some of the relationships were a bit too shallow at times. I also struggled a bit with the fact that as the book progressed, it became more and more obvious that this is Christian fiction. It's not promoted as such, so it was a surprise. Looking back at the story, while bad things happen, the way everything is presented is rather mild. I don't usually read Christian fiction, but I have to say that I did like this one overall. Despite the increasing references to religion, bible verses and God as we got closer to the end, it didn't really overpower the majority of the book.

If you're looking for a suspense novel that doesn't go overboard with violence, swearing and sex, definitely check out Darkroom.

My Rating: 3.5/5

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This review was written based on a copy of Darkroom that I received from Pump Up Your Book in exchange for an honest review.

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5 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for reviewing my book. DARKROOM is available for Kindle
    and Barnes & Noble/Nook

    You might be interested in a short blog post I recently did regarding some inspiration for this book: Here
    http://networkedblogs.com/wT9LD


    If you'd like free sample chapters, please come to my facebook page: http://on.fb.me/joshpage

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

    Good luck to all the entrants for the giveaway!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and sharing all of these links!

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  2. Sounds like an intriguing plot, Julie, though I don't normally read Christian fiction.

    My son and I watched a movie with a similar plot, Shutter, only it was an American photographer in China who was seeing ghosts (including a dead girl) in her photos. From there, they sound different though.

    Thanks for the review!

    Sue

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    1. It was actually quite good. That sounds like an interesting movie. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Thanks, Julie! I'm looking forward to reading this book.

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