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THROUGH THE DARKNESS
MARCIA TALLEY
ISBN# 0-06-058741-5
September 2006
Avon Books
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022-5299
Paperback
$6.99 U.S./$9.99 Canada
254 Pages
Mystery (Hannah Ives Mysteries)
Rating: 4 Cups

Hannah Ives has been cancer free 6 years, 3 months, and 7 days, but who is counting? She has the support of her helpful husband, Paul. Her daughter Emily and husband Dante, and little Timmy, are great assets in her life. A survivor, she had looked death in the eye and won triumphantly, but the kidnapping of her grandson hits harder than any cancer.

Emily and Daniel Shemansky, who prefers only Dante, are the owners of Dante Paradiso, a spa that had been a dream of his for the longest time. When their son vanishes, Emily is frantic with worry.

The State of Maryland can fine a person up to five thousand dollars for pulling a false fire alarm, but when little Timmy is missing from the nursery at Paradiso, Hannah does not worry about the price of any charge. Emily is coming unglued, and even Hannah has no idea where her ten-month-old grandson has disappeared. Emily only left him for a minute, and at the time, the boy was only napping in the playpen. Officer Powers arrives after the sounding alarm, and Hannah explains it was the only way to flush everyone out so they could search the place for her grandson. The spa just recently opened for business, and now everyone’s life is topsy-turvy with worry. To make matters worse, there is no ransom note to be found, which leads them to suspect something much more fatal. Now the search is on for Timmy and his adductor, and why, as the whole turn of events seems to put ten years on Emily, and Hannah wonders is it only from Timmy’s disappearance. Hannah will stop at nothing and search even in places she never imagined, until her grandson is found.

Through the Darkness is a riveting story that practically rips the heart. This reader was torn as much as Hannah, Emily, and the others. I could feel their poignant emotions and struggles as they searched their mind for answers, anything to help find Timmy and explain his disappearance. Hannah feels her bout with cancer is nothing compared to this loss and frustration of not knowing the whereabouts of a child or his welfare. Ms. Talley pens a mysterious tale that has the reader gripping the edge of their seat in anticipation until the end. She gets into the mind and makes the reader think, what if this happened to me, what would I do, not to mention, why? A well-written composure, a detailed plotting of events, in-depth characters, and dialogue that makes this read flow consistently, this is one book that moves the reader. The part about Build-A-Bear store, a place I could relate since my daughter loves to visit it religiously. Splendid job, Ms. Talley!

Cherokee
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