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Last Review of 2023: Dark Corners by Megan Goldin

Title: Dark Corners

Author: Megan Goldin
Year published: 2023
Category: Adult fiction (thriller)
Pages: 352 pages
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location: (my 2024 Google Reading map)USA (FL)

SummaryTerence Bailey is about to be released from prison for breaking and entering, though investigators have long suspected him in the murders of six women. As his release date approaches, Bailey gets a surprise visit from Maddison Logan, a hot, young influencer with a huge social media following. Hours later, Maddison disappears, and police suspect she’s been kidnapped―or worse. Is Maddison’s disappearance connected to her visit to Bailey? And why was she visiting him in the first place?

When they hit a wall in the investigation, the FBI reluctantly asks for Rachel Krall’s help in finding the missing influencer. Maddison seems to only exist on social media; she has no family, no friends, and other than in her posts, most people have never seen her. Who is she, really? Using a fake Instagram account, Rachel goes undercover to BuzzCon, a popular influencer conference, where she discovers a world of fierce rivalry that may have turned lethal.

When police find the body of a woman with a tattoo of a snake eating its tail―identical to a tattoo Rachel had seen on Bailey’s hand―the FBI must consider a chilling possibility: Bailey has an accomplice on the outside and a dangerous obsession with influencers, including Rachel Krall herself. Suddenly the target of a monster hiding in plain sight, Rachel is forced to confront the very real dangers that lurk in the dark corners of the internet.

Review: It's December 30 and I read this book in one day! What a great way to end a year of reading. This book totally captured my attention. I didn't realize until I posted this review on my Reviews by Author page that Night Swim (link to my review) is also by Megan Goldin! That was one of my favorites of 2020 with 5 stars.

I liked the combination of characters in this thriller: a podcaster, social media influencers, an FBI agent, and a few creepy guys (of course). All the main characters were interesting and well developed; I was invested in each of their storylines. I don't even care that I figured out who the bad guy was before the end of the book since there was still a lot of tension even with that knowledge.

Throw in a tiny bit of romance and I am happy, so the little tidbit that appears near the end is good.

Goldin did a great job on the creep factor in this story. There's murder, disappearances, "normal" people who are not so normal, it all adds up to a great story and a wonderful way to end my year.

Challenges for which this counts: none

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