Some Choose Darkness by Charlie Donlea #bookreview #thriller

Title: Some Choose Darkness

Author: Charlie Donlea

Publisher: Kensington

Publication Date: May 28, 2019

Page Count: 304

My rating: 4 1/2 stars

About the book:

A modern master of suspense, critically acclaimed author Charlie Donlea returns with a taut, gripping novel about the deadly secrets hiding in plain sight . . .

The truth is easy to miss, even when it’s right in front of us. As a forensic reconstructionist, Rory Moore sheds light on cold-case homicides by piecing together crime scene details others fail to see. Cleaning out her late father’s law office a week after his burial, she receives a call that plunges her into a decades-old case come to life once more.

In the summer of 1979, five Chicago women went missing. The predator, nicknamed The Thief, left no bodies and no clues behind—until police received a package from a mysterious woman named Angela Mitchell, whose unorthodox investigation skills appear to have led to his identity. But before they could question her, Angela disappeared. Forty years later, The Thief is about to be paroled for Angela’s murder—the only crime the DA could pin on him. But the cryptic file Rory finds in her father’s law office suggests there is more to the case, and Angela Mitchell, than what was fed to the public, the details of which have been buried for four decades.

Rory’s talents are tested as she begins reconstructing Angela’s last days. Making one startling discovery after another, Rory becomes helplessly entangled in the enigma of Angela Mitchell and what happened to her. Drawing connections between the past and present, Rory uncovers dark truths about the reclusive victim, her father, and the man called The Thief that send her down a twisting trail where things may not be as they appear. As she continues to dig, even Rory can’t be prepared for the full, terrifying truth that is emerging . . .


I am one of many  that count myself as a fan of Charlie Donlea after having read several of his previous novels so it wasn’t a question that I wanted to read Some Choose Darkness. This one is a thriller that again has multiple points of view and also alternates timelines.

The one thing standing out the most to me with Some Choose Darkness was immediately noticing the quirkiness to the characters and finding what we have here is a novel with not one but two high functioning females with autism. I seriously applaud the author for tackling their distinct personalities and bringing them to life realistically in this book.

Rory Moore is our lead in the story in the present timeline who is a forensic reconstructionist by choice but also holds a law degree although she chose not to practice. Rory finds herself brought into her father’s firm to clean up his cases when he suddenly passes away.

Rory found most of the work was easy to delegate and clear up but did  find one particular case to be a problem. A decades old file on a criminal known as The Thief who was thought to have murdered multiple women only to end up charged with the murder of one, but was that one still alive?

As usual with Charlie Donlea’s stories readers will find wonderful writing that just sucks readers right into the mystery and suspense and doesn’t let go until the end.  As mentioned the characters are brilliantly done and certainly nothing cookie cutter to them or to the story overall. Definitely an engaging thriller leaving me to rate this one at 4 1/2 stars.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon

About the author:

USA Today bestselling author Charlie Donlea was born and raised in Chicago. He now lives in the suburbs with his wife and two young children. Readers can find him online at

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