A Darker Place

A Darker Place

Book - 1999
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With her debut novel,A Grave Talent, Laurie R. King became the first novelist since Patricia Cornwell to win prizes for Best First Crime Novel on both sides of the Atlantic. Now, in her first stand-alone novel, the Edgar Award and John Creasey Award winner brings us an intelligent, engrossing drama of good and evil--once again showing how Laurie King breaks every rule to craft some of the most fascinating novels in crime fiction. Anne Waverly is a respected university professor. Few know that, eighteen years ago, her own unwitting act cost Anne her husband and seven-year-old daughter. Fewer still know that her past and her academic specialty--alternative religious movements--have made her a brilliant FBI operative. Four times she has infiltrated suspect communities, escaping her own memories of loss and carnage to find a measure of atonement. Now, as she begins to savor life once more, she has no intention of taking another assignment. Until, that is, she is given an envelope containing details of the Change group and its leaders, whose Arizona site houses over one hundred children and a school admired by even the local authorities. Outsiders have found these children, many of them rescued from abuse, healthy and content--but far too well-behaved.... Soon Anne--as the eager, pliable seeker Ana Wakefield--is on her way to the red cliffs and high desert air of the Change compound. As she explores its enigmatic mixture of mysticism, hierarchy, and trickery, she grows unexpectedly close to two abandoned children fostered by Change. Fourteen-year-old Jason Delgado is a tough, sexy, wary street kid; his timid, silent little sister Dulcie reminds Anne all too much of her own lost daughter. Slowly, she comes to see that this is no ordinary community and hers is no ordinary mission. For, far from appeasing the demons of her past, this assignment is sweeping her back into their clutches. InA Darker Place, King masterfully reinvents the novel of psychological suspense, creating a complex and iron-willed woman who, in searching for the truth among the darker places of her past, discovers her own redemption.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c1999
ISBN: 9780553107111
Branch Call Number: FICTION King
Characteristics: 384 p. ; 25 cm


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Nov 10, 2018

Serial child abuse is a difficult subject for me to read. I'll try again another time.

Apr 08, 2017

Clearly the author knows a great deal about cults. I have never looked beyond news headlines when cults are exposed or closed or sued. This book gave me somewhat of a new understanding about cults in general. It was also so descriptively that I could envision each and every setting the infiltrator (Anne) experienced.

Jan 20, 2015

As a parent, one of the most frightening things is the thought of a child being abused or killed. If it is a religious leader, who has gained their trust and affection, it is even more egregious. Anne a college professor goes into a cult and becomes Ana, a seeker of truth and undercover FBI spy. She has done this before, but this time see meets a child and falls in love with her. Now she cannot do her job, and she places both herself and the child in grave danger. Then things start to get worse...

Robert9410 Mar 02, 2013

This book was "okay." Laurie King definitely writes with great skill. The only problem I had with the book is that not much action takes place. King is good at building suspense. One wonders the "what-ifs" of the plot as one reads. The "drama" that does happen... unfolds not so much in terms of actual physical events, but rather in terms of the characters' reactions to their circumstances within the cult (Change) movement. I came away from this book feeling as though I had watched a movie from the "The Lifetime" channel for women. Just as there are "chick flicks," there are "chick books" and this is one of them.


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