Publication Date: November 26th 2019 by Berkley
621 Audio Length:
21 Hrs and 21 mins
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About the book
Michael Rowland is not
your typical teenager. Deaf from birth, he’s always looked out for his
five-year-old brother, Joshua. When his stepfather comes after Joshua,
Michael takes the child and runs. He’s determined to protect his brother
at all costs, even if that means making himself vulnerable to a danger
he can’t hear coming. And the danger intensifies when Michael witnesses a
stranger kill his stepfather.
Desperate and afraid, the boys
have nowhere else to go but to Joshua’s soccer coach, journalist and
ex-Army ranger Diesel Kennedy. When Diesel sees that Michael is injured,
he takes them to see Dr. Dani Novak—not only because she’s fluent in
American Sign Language, but because he’s drawn to her and everything she
stands for. She never refuses Diesel’s requests—because she, too, feels
their connection—but she resists him for reasons she doesn’t want to
When Dani and Diesel learn that Michael saw the face of
his stepfather’s killer, they fear for his safety. But they quickly
discover that it’s even worse than they feared: They may have a serial
killer on their hands—and all signs point to Michael as the next target.
Fourteen-year-old Michael witnesses the murder of his
stepfather. His stepfather was a
pedophile and abused Michael, so I wasn’t too broken up over his death. My
heart truly went out to Michael growing up with a neglectful, selfish mother. She didn’t even bother to learn sign language even
though Michael was deaf from birth. On top of all that, she marries an abusive asshole
leaving her kids vulnerable!
When the police start to investigate the murder, the killer
realizes he may have left a witness, so Michael and his five year-old-brother
are in danger. That’s when Joshua’s
soccer coach, Diesel, gets involved.
Diesel is a coach in his free time to give back to the community and
help kids out, but he’s mainly a hacker for The Ledger, an investigative
When Diesel realizes Michael is injured and these kids may
be victims of neglect or worse, he takes them to Dr. Dani Novak, not only
because Dani’s is partially deaf and fluent in sign language, but because she’s
the most compassionate and kind doctor he knows. His heart aches every time he
lays eyes on her, because she has made it clear a relationship is off the table.
Diesel knows there’s a mutual attraction, though so he’s not sure what’s holding
Diesel and Dani’s attraction can’t be ignored when they’re
thrown together to look after Michael and Joshua when they have no place to go. However, they’ll have to deal with their
feelings in between dodging a killer bent on eliminating Michael.
I found that the romance drama was low, because Dani and Diesel
didn’t have time to wishy washy back and forth, they had to just get their shit
sorted and concentrate on not dying, lol! Dani might have tried my patience
otherwise. There are a few reasons she’d held back, reasons she felt were
valid, but any outsider could’ve told her they were BS.
There were a lot of heartbreaking moments here since Michael
was the victim of abuse. Diesel has his own story to tell, and he helped Michael
deal with the feelings of guilt, shame and anger.
Despite Into the Dark
being over six hundred pages long,
I felt like I breezed through the story pretty quickly. Lots of action and
danger, they kept me turning the pages, and I cared about what happened to Dani,
Diesel, Michael and Joshua!
I switched back and forth from e-book to audio and I'm happy I did that because I didn't want to put the book down when I had to get real-life stuff done. Hillary Huber did an excellent job with both the male and female voices.