Witness In the Dark
by Lynne Larson
What began as a picture-perfect summer vacation for college student Jenny Brodie has swiftly become a nightmare. When she left home on the back of her horse one sunny morning, she couldn't have imagined what awaited her in the Utah desert. Now the darkness is closing in, and there is no way out.
The woman saw what he did—she witnessed the shots he fired, the murder he committed. But she'll never talk. He's made sure of that.
For a man desperate to hide his crimes, the pressure steadily rises as Jenny's community bands together to find the missing young woman. As the searchers grow ever closer to discovering what he has hidden, so too does his desperation. he will stop at nothing to keep the woman hidden—but he has underestimated the second witness to his evil deeds: a young girl determined to protect Jenny. As the trail runs cold, will help come for Jenny before time runs out?
By Heidi G., Submitted on 2017-02-02
After Jen Brodie rides out to visit a troubled little girl, she gets more than she bargained for when she witnesses the girl's father murder someone. When's she's caught trying to escape and tossed into an old mine, her only hope is that little girl who happens to be mute. Can Jen's family and friends find her before it's too late? Can she hang on that long? The story is told through flashbacks at the beginning as Jen reflects on how she ended up in her current situation. The story then shifts to Jen's family and friends as they search desperately for her. This is an interesting read when just enough suspense to keep you turning the pages. I didn't get as involved with the characters as maybe I would have liked, but it was still a nice read. I found it interesting to follow along as the sheriff and others do everything in their power to locate Jen while all the time a young, neglected young girl holds all the answers.
By Aimee Brown, Submitted on 2017-02-02
First off, this is an LDS fiction book. It has references specific to the Mormon religion- talk of God, going to church and praying.
In this book, there is no mystery for the reader. We know everything that happened and most of the book is waiting for the characters to figure it out as well. I'm not sure I loved that approach- there is just something about a mystery/suspense that holds more tension when the reader is trying to figure things out as well.
Jennie was a likable and strong girl. Her heart and determination was evident from the very beginning of the book. It was in direct contrast with the evil and and unsteadiness of the "bad guy".
It took me a good one third to one half of the book to really start enjoying this story. I wasn't a fan of how the first part of the book played out. The current situation flopped back and forth with flashbacks. It was slow going as it set up for the rest of the book. Once I reached about the halfway point, I was engaged and interested. The story moved more quickly and I was anxious to know how it would all play out. I would call this a light suspense novel.
Content: Some violence and peril. Clean.
- I received a copy of this book free from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
By Lisa F, Submitted on 2017-01-31
For me, this book would be one of my greatest nightmares. Imagine being hurt and pushed down a mining shaft, left there to die. That is what happens to Jenny Brodie. She tried to do a good deed and instead witnessed a murder.
Even though the premise of the book is the stuff of nightmares, it was very interesting. Jenny remembers the events that lead up to the mine shaft. The memories have significance to the events that are going on with situation. I loved Clara, the mute girl who had a lot of love and compassion, even though she didn't receive a lot of either.
The reader also gets to peek in on the rescue efforts. The friends, boyfriend, and family of Jenny are desperately searching for her. It illustrates how prayer and dreams can lead to inspiration. There are many great messages in the book. To me, two of the big ones were faith and prayer.
This book has violence and a little girl who suffers from neglect. I would consider it a clean read.
By Katie, Submitted on 2017-01-30
Jenny just finished her first year at BYU and is home for the summer in the desert of Utah. When she witnesses a murder, her life is put in danger as the killer tries to make sure she'll never be able to rat him out. The danger and suspense that hangs over Jenny and this small town is tangible and had me on the edge of my seat through a good chunk of the story.
I typically prefer my stories to show me what's happening, instead of telling me, but the telling worked in a wondrous way that completely engaged me, making me feel a part of the story and drawing me close to the characters. I could almost feel Jenny's fear and pain and the evilness radiating off of this man.
I enjoyed learning about Jenny's more recent past, as she almost seems to flashback on those moments while in her scary situation. The way the events pull together helps to build the characters into something dimensional and I enjoyed that aspect of the book.
Content: mild violence (murder, etc); mild romance; mild-moderate religious elements (not preachy, but the characters are LDS and events occur to support that).
*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
By Cathy J, Submitted on 2017-01-30
I love it when a book sucks me in so much that I don't want to do anything besides continue reading it to see what happens! This was one of those books for me.
I really loved Jenny's character! Holy cow, what an amazing young woman. She's the Bishop's daughter, she's been attending BYU, but she's home for the summer and willing to help out with whatever needs done, including teaching the 6 year old CTR class. I love the care and detail she puts into teaching these kids that she doesn't really know and I loved how later in the story, her teaching comes back to help her.
Anyway, Jenny sees something that she shouldn't have seen and she ends up thrown down an old mine shaft. This is where her real character shows. I was amazed by how she was able to calmly go back through her memories to find out exactly what had happened to her and even why. I loved the way she still cared for Clara, enough really to lay down her own life instead of getting the sweet girl into trouble.
The plot of this one is great! I loved the whole thing and I loved how the whole thing from beginning to end fit together. This was a great book that I didn't want to put down until I had read ever word!