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After enduring a lifetime of abuse at the hands of the man that vowed to cherish her, Genny Carter knows only the role of the victim. More focused on avoiding punishment than the well-being of her three daughters, she ignored the terror inflicted on them by their father during their childhood. She kept his secrets. Now, in her sixties, Genny has had enough. She needs her d After enduring a lifetime of abuse at the hands of the man that vowed to cherish her, Genny Carter knows only the role of the victim. More focused on avoiding punishment than the well-being of her three daughters, she ignored the terror inflicted on them by their father during their childhood. She kept his secrets. Now, in her sixties, Genny has had enough. She needs her daughters to help her escape. Can she count on them? Lilly has tried for decades since leaving that little Texas farmhouse to erase the unspeakable things that were done to her. After snagging a wealthy man, she reinvents herself into a polished member of San Antonio’s old-money society. Can she keep up this facade, or will the secrets she hides cause her to lose everything? Always Daddy’s favorite, thirty-five-year-old Randi tries to bury her shame in a mountain of sex and drugs. Estranged from her parents for nearly a decade, the news of Mother’s leaving forces her to face old wounds. Will she survive? Much younger than her sisters, Raine was left to deal with Daddy’s horrific abuse after the others left. Shanti, free of a conscience, was conjured to help protect little Raine by whatever means necessary. Raine’s mother and father are back in the picture, and Shanti is on a rampage. Every family has secrets. Some are worth dying for.


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After enduring a lifetime of abuse at the hands of the man that vowed to cherish her, Genny Carter knows only the role of the victim. More focused on avoiding punishment than the well-being of her three daughters, she ignored the terror inflicted on them by their father during their childhood. She kept his secrets. Now, in her sixties, Genny has had enough. She needs her d After enduring a lifetime of abuse at the hands of the man that vowed to cherish her, Genny Carter knows only the role of the victim. More focused on avoiding punishment than the well-being of her three daughters, she ignored the terror inflicted on them by their father during their childhood. She kept his secrets. Now, in her sixties, Genny has had enough. She needs her daughters to help her escape. Can she count on them? Lilly has tried for decades since leaving that little Texas farmhouse to erase the unspeakable things that were done to her. After snagging a wealthy man, she reinvents herself into a polished member of San Antonio’s old-money society. Can she keep up this facade, or will the secrets she hides cause her to lose everything? Always Daddy’s favorite, thirty-five-year-old Randi tries to bury her shame in a mountain of sex and drugs. Estranged from her parents for nearly a decade, the news of Mother’s leaving forces her to face old wounds. Will she survive? Much younger than her sisters, Raine was left to deal with Daddy’s horrific abuse after the others left. Shanti, free of a conscience, was conjured to help protect little Raine by whatever means necessary. Raine’s mother and father are back in the picture, and Shanti is on a rampage. Every family has secrets. Some are worth dying for.

30 review for Hidden in the Dark

  1. 4 out of 5

    Pat (not getting friend updates currently)

    This book is the sequel to How A Monster Is Made which I reviewed just over a week ago. That book described how Randall (Randy) Carter turned from a sweet and happy young boy into, well, a monster after his mother disappears from the home and he is left to the tender mercies of his alcoholic and abusive father, Wyatt. This book is about Randy’s life as an adult and the terrible price his family paid. Things were going quite well in the younger Carter’s household in the early days. His wife, Genev This book is the sequel to How A Monster Is Made which I reviewed just over a week ago. That book described how Randall (Randy) Carter turned from a sweet and happy young boy into, well, a monster after his mother disappears from the home and he is left to the tender mercies of his alcoholic and abusive father, Wyatt. This book is about Randy’s life as an adult and the terrible price his family paid. Things were going quite well in the younger Carter’s household in the early days. His wife, Genevieve (Ginny) worshipped him but as soon as she fell pregnant Randy was off philandering and drinking and the rot started to set in. Randy was a mean drunk just like his father but soon Genny perfected her role as victim and looked the other way or made excuses when the children were punished. She took her own punishment stoically and always defended their father to the three girls - Lilly, Miranda (Randi) and Raine. But in her sixties Genny has finally had enough and leaves her husband to drink himself to death. She moves in with Raine and kind of expects the girls to help her. But they have their own problems. Lilly is living a highly curated life as the wife of a wealthy man - a role she worked hard to perfect. But a momentary slip (or more) threatens everything she holds dear. Randi was ostensibly her father’s favourite which only means he sexually abused her as well, and her life is a roller coaster of drinking and random sex with strangers. Raine seems pretty grounded -until her alter ego, Shanti, appears after years of absence. Stirred up by her mother’s reappearance in her life, Shanti is back with a vengeance to seek payback for all the wrongs done to Raine. There’s no getting around it - this is a very bleak book but utterly compelling reading. The characters are so well fleshed out and you can really relate to most of them - except of course Randy. Yes, he was a monster but you have to ask yourself how complicit was Genny in her own abuse. Her daughters certainly were not forgiving. It would be impossible to make a judgement unless you had been in Genny’s position. People don’t turn into victims overnight, it’s a slow process of incremental conditioning. Many men ask why such women don’t simply leave. But after hearing and reading about some of their (true) stories I understand it a bit better and it’s really not that simple. Ms Lashbrook said all that very eloquently in this book. As bleak as it was you will be pleased to hear that at least there were a couple of happy endings for this dysfunctional family. I’m not sure that “I enjoyed it” is an accurate enough description of my reaction to the book. I think more I was compelled to keep going and it was really very gripping. In any case RaShell Lashbrook shines a spotlight on the appalling and seemingly intractable issue of domestic and family violence. I did receive a free copy of this book from the author but my opinions are entirely my own. Those of you who know me know that I am always ‘fair dinkum’.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Linda Perkins

    An intense and suspenseful story about family secrets, "Hidden in the Dark" by Rashell Lashbrook had me hooked from the first chapter. I couldn't put it down if I tried! The book was well written, full of excitement, suspense, hatred and love. She captures every feeling imaginable in this book. One of the standouts for me is the detail the Rashell has put into the characters. She is on her way to becoming a notable author. Looking forward to reading her upcoming publications. An intense and suspenseful story about family secrets, "Hidden in the Dark" by Rashell Lashbrook had me hooked from the first chapter. I couldn't put it down if I tried! The book was well written, full of excitement, suspense, hatred and love. She captures every feeling imaginable in this book. One of the standouts for me is the detail the Rashell has put into the characters. She is on her way to becoming a notable author. Looking forward to reading her upcoming publications.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Roxie Prince

    Read this review and more on my blog at [Roxie Writes]. 'Hidden in the Dark' by RaShell Lashbrook ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 Finished on September 4, 2017 GIVEN A FREE COPY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW FREE on Kindle Unlimited | $.99 on Kindle | $9.99 in Paperback BOOK DESCRIPTION: Genevieve Carter, after a lifetime of abuse from her husband, finally has enough and leaves him. But she doesn't know how to be on her own. She only knows how to be a victim. For decades, she focused only on avoiding punishment -- o Read this review and more on my blog at [Roxie Writes]. 'Hidden in the Dark' by RaShell Lashbrook ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 Finished on September 4, 2017 GIVEN A FREE COPY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW FREE on Kindle Unlimited | $.99 on Kindle | $9.99 in Paperback BOOK DESCRIPTION: Genevieve Carter, after a lifetime of abuse from her husband, finally has enough and leaves him. But she doesn't know how to be on her own. She only knows how to be a victim. For decades, she focused only on avoiding punishment -- on pacifying her husband -- so much so that she paid little attention to the suffering of her three daughters. All of whom she now needs to rely on to make it. Will they help her? Her oldest, Lily, left home as soon as she could and found solace in the arms in a wealthy, San Antonio blueblood. She reinvented herself to fit his life and to run from her past. But no one can run from their past -- their secrets -- forever. Thirty-five-year-old Randi shields her shame beneath sex and drugs. She thought if she stopped communicating to her parents entirely, she could forget about it all entirely. And Raine, the youngest, was left to deal with her father all on her own after her sisters were gone. To cope, she invented Shanti, a friend free of conscience, who is back and who is ready to get revenge. Once and for all. MY REVIEW: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book could be triggering for those who are sensitive to child, domestic, and or sexual abuse. It is not one for the faint of heart, but it is a powerful story. While it's a thriller, for sure, I think it's a very realistic look into the mind (and hearts) of those who live through abuse. The father in this book is a cruel, sociopathic, pedophile, and he puts his family through absolute hell. Through this, the women in this story all cope differently. The mother, Genny becomes like wilted flower. A perpetual victim. It becomes hard to like her -- to respect her -- because she doesn't protect her daughters but, at the same time, if you have any sort of knowledge of what happens to battered women over time, you can't help but have sympathy for her. He has beaten her down, over and over again, over time until she is but a shattered version of a person. She couldn't have helped her daughters because she couldn't help herself. The girls all try to find ways to escape, to run away, from their pasts. But if you don't ever actually heal your trauma, you can't expect to live any sort of happy life. All three girls need to learn this through the course of the story. Raine is a particularly interesting -- and tragic -- character. I had a hard time putting this book down simply because I needed to know what was going to happen with her next. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It was heartbreaking and disturbing, but it made me feel, and that's what I need in a book more than anything these days.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Coco.V

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  5. 4 out of 5

    Sonali Agarwal

    Beyond the ‘Fairy tale look-alike-life’ which we see on Facebook, we all have some scars which we don’t talk about and they remain hidden forever. This book is an effort to throw light on those scars where a woman ends her suffering in her sixties and takes a strong step! The author has beautifully written this story keeping the main essence alive. The characterisation is very strong and you can connect with them easily. The plot is very interesting as chapter wise you keep getting surprises and Beyond the ‘Fairy tale look-alike-life’ which we see on Facebook, we all have some scars which we don’t talk about and they remain hidden forever. This book is an effort to throw light on those scars where a woman ends her suffering in her sixties and takes a strong step! The author has beautifully written this story keeping the main essence alive. The characterisation is very strong and you can connect with them easily. The plot is very interesting as chapter wise you keep getting surprises and you crave for reading more and more! Its a story of mother’s care, her bond with daughters, her sacrifice and her strong moves which will make you astonished. Although I loved every character of this book but Genny Carter is my most favourite among all of them. ‘She is my wife and everything she does is my business’.. Well..nothing against men but this fictional story talks about how a wife and her children’s lives gets worse because of one wrong person. From ‘domestic violence’ to ‘sexual abuse’… The author has successfully tried to put such issues in one exquisite yet dark story. I loved how author kept few things secret in this book which defines it’s title. Yes!! the cover page is quite appealing and editing is perfect! I couldn’t find any grammatical error and story didn’t get monotonoes till the end. By giving 5 out of 5 stars; I would like to recommend this book to all of you. Read this fictional story which is woven with real emotions. Kudos to the author! I would like to read from her in the future also!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Arthur Weissmann

    Domestic abuse is a big issue in society and this work of fiction points to the issues. Three girls who were raised by an abusive father and a mother, who just turned a blind eye struggle to have a normal adult life.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Julie Smith

    The blurb: After enduring a lifetime of abuse at the hands of the man that vowed to cherish her, Genny Carter knows only the role of the victim. More focused on avoiding punishment than the well-being of her three daughters, she ignored the terror inflicted on them by their father during their childhood. She kept his secrets. Now, in her sixties, Genny has had enough. She needs her daughters to help her escape. Can she count on them? Lilly has tried for decades since leaving that little Texas far The blurb: After enduring a lifetime of abuse at the hands of the man that vowed to cherish her, Genny Carter knows only the role of the victim. More focused on avoiding punishment than the well-being of her three daughters, she ignored the terror inflicted on them by their father during their childhood. She kept his secrets. Now, in her sixties, Genny has had enough. She needs her daughters to help her escape. Can she count on them? Lilly has tried for decades since leaving that little Texas farmhouse to erase the unspeakable things that were done to her. After snagging a wealthy man, she reinvents herself into a polished member of San Antonio’s old-money society. Can she keep up this facade, or will the secrets she hides cause her to lose everything? Always Daddy’s favourite, thirty-five-year-old Randi tries to bury her shame in a mountain of sex and drugs. Estranged from her parents for nearly a decade, the news of Mother’s leaving forces her to face old wounds. Will she survive? Much younger than her sisters, Raine was left to deal with Daddy’s horrific abuse after the others left. Shanti, free of a conscience, was conjured to help protect little Raine by whatever means necessary. Raine’s mother and father are back in the picture, and Shanti is on a rampage. Every family has secrets. Some are worth dying for. Having been a victim of emotional abuse in my first marriage I was worried how this book was going to affect me, but I loved it. It took me in directions I wasn’t expecting. Not saying anything else about the book for fear of spoilers. Did I say I loved this book? 5*

  8. 5 out of 5

    Susanne Cutler

    I was fortunate to receive a free copy of this novel from Goodreads. This was a compelling, captivating and extremely well written novel. The books is about a mentally,physically and sexually abusive husband/father and the effects this had on his wife and children. Many parts were difficult to read because of the nature of the abuse but it was extremely important because it opens ones eyes to what some people must endure and gives one more understanding and clarity. I would most definitely recom I was fortunate to receive a free copy of this novel from Goodreads. This was a compelling, captivating and extremely well written novel. The books is about a mentally,physically and sexually abusive husband/father and the effects this had on his wife and children. Many parts were difficult to read because of the nature of the abuse but it was extremely important because it opens ones eyes to what some people must endure and gives one more understanding and clarity. I would most definitely recommend this book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Baba

    Intriuging The novel centers on a very disfunctional family. All three daughters were abused in childhood. The girl's adult lives were presented in the storytelling and there was a very unusual twist intertwined in the book. The author is from Wellington, KS. Intriuging The novel centers on a very disfunctional family. All three daughters were abused in childhood. The girl's adult lives were presented in the storytelling and there was a very unusual twist intertwined in the book. The author is from Wellington, KS.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Hidden in the Dark is the kind of book that will keep you at the edge of your seat throughout. The author has constructed the plot in such a way that you will not feel like putting it down once you start reading it. I found Genny's story really intense and to be honest, it felt very very realistic. The character development is spot on and the writing is really vivid. The thing I liked the most about RaShell's writing is that she does not beat around the bush and gives you meaty details in every Hidden in the Dark is the kind of book that will keep you at the edge of your seat throughout. The author has constructed the plot in such a way that you will not feel like putting it down once you start reading it. I found Genny's story really intense and to be honest, it felt very very realistic. The character development is spot on and the writing is really vivid. The thing I liked the most about RaShell's writing is that she does not beat around the bush and gives you meaty details in every single chapter and in spite of being quite long,

  11. 5 out of 5

    Chantelle Atkins

    3.5 Stars From Underground Book Reviews A shocking story of brutal domestic and child abuse, this is not a story for the faint-hearted. Dark, disturbing, tragic and shocking, the plot weaves the past and present together and offers a grim glimpse into many troubled minds. Genuinely gripping...read the full review at UndergroundBookReviews.org

  12. 4 out of 5

    J.L. Smith

    Hidden In The Dark by Rashell Lashbrook What I liked about the book? I finished it in a day so it held my attention and wouldn’t let go. The central characters—Lilly, Randi, and Raine—are compelling and the story of everything that they had to go through as children living in a home with a monster and an enabler hurt my heart. No child should have to protect themselves from the people that are supposed to love them. Moreover, it was highly realistic concerning the coping mechanisms that each surv Hidden In The Dark by Rashell Lashbrook What I liked about the book? I finished it in a day so it held my attention and wouldn’t let go. The central characters—Lilly, Randi, and Raine—are compelling and the story of everything that they had to go through as children living in a home with a monster and an enabler hurt my heart. No child should have to protect themselves from the people that are supposed to love them. Moreover, it was highly realistic concerning the coping mechanisms that each survivor of the home’s abuse had used, specifically Raine who was the youngest in the home and therefore had to deal with the brunt of what her sisters faced after they decided to leave home. Rashell Lashbrook really did her portrayal and struggle with mental illness justice. What I didn’t like? Raine was the only character I rooted for. Her mother and sisters put so much on her, but when she needed them, they had their own lives to deal with; actions that continued on to adulthood. That really made me angry. Raine helped everyone else, but no one would be there when she needed them. They were all to wrapped up in themselves and their own potential happy endings. As a result, she had to conjure up a friend that would do what her sisters and mother refused: protect her. Also, the ending seemed kind of abrupt with matters wrapped up too neatly and quickly for those who didn’t deserve it. There were issues that weren’t fully addressed that I felt needed to be to complete the story. It almost felt like, in the story, going through horrific abuse excused one set of behaviors but not another set, without addressing that all of them needed to heal if they were going to truly thrive. Overall, Hidden in the Dark was disturbing. It was a mistake for me to read this in the evening so close to bedtime because I could barely sleep. Furthermore, the pacing was excellent. The character arcs could have been a little more fleshed out but they were developed enough to make a compelling tale. Rashell Lashbrook did an amazing job and her work is “lit.” I do hope there is a continuation of Hidden in the Dark sometime in the future.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sue Wallace

    Hidden in the dark by Rashell Lashbrooks. After enduring a lifetime of abuse at the hands of the man that vowed to cherish her, Genny Carter knows only the role of the victim. This was a good read with good characters. A disturbing read. I didn't expect that. 4*. Tbc on fb. Hidden in the dark by Rashell Lashbrooks. After enduring a lifetime of abuse at the hands of the man that vowed to cherish her, Genny Carter knows only the role of the victim. This was a good read with good characters. A disturbing read. I didn't expect that. 4*. Tbc on fb.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Leigh Holland

    Hidden in The Dark by RaShell Lashbrook, 268 pages, RaShell/Lashbrook, February 8th, 2017, Genre: Psychological Thriller. Warning: May Contain Spoilers. Hidden in The Dark is a tragic, fierce psychological thriller, carefully woven to incrementally reveal the secrets that demolished a family. Genny and Randall have three adult daughters who no longer speak to Randall. Genny, tired of Randall’s abuse of several decades, decides to leave, sneaking out while Randall is passed out drunk. Her younges Hidden in The Dark by RaShell Lashbrook, 268 pages, RaShell/Lashbrook, February 8th, 2017, Genre: Psychological Thriller. Warning: May Contain Spoilers. Hidden in The Dark is a tragic, fierce psychological thriller, carefully woven to incrementally reveal the secrets that demolished a family. Genny and Randall have three adult daughters who no longer speak to Randall. Genny, tired of Randall’s abuse of several decades, decides to leave, sneaking out while Randall is passed out drunk. Her youngest daughter, Raine, whom she sees as the most reliable, picks her up and lets Genny stay with her. Her eldest daughter Lilly assists her in contacting an attorney, setting up her own bank account, and taking other steps necessary for Genny to establish her independence from Randall. Until Genny left Randall, the three sisters rarely spoke to each other or their parents, determined to leave the past behind and create better lives for themselves. Genny’s return to their lives draws them together once more, forcing them to confront each other, their mother, and their own personal demons about their own abuse at the hands of their father. Some will meet with more success than others, with catastrophic consequences. RaShell Lashbrook portrays her characters realistically, each a victim of horrible and repeated trauma, using their individual, unique strategies they’ve developed to try to cope. The characters display an array of emotions, including guilt, sympathy, blame, self-shame, and rage. Genny was particularly authentic; over the years, the men she sought help from outside the family, such as policemen and pastors, told her the abuse was her fault for antagonizing her husband. When Genny’s friends stood up to Randall, Randall isolated her from them. Without support, Genny focused on keeping as much peace in the house as possible. The self-blame society taught her to feel for her predicament, she placed on her children. The psychological effects from abuse for each character were devastating and carried real world consequences. I enjoyed Hidden in The Dark, a vivid suspense novel. It is an excellently executed tapestry depicting a family’s terror and tragedy. The subject matter is serious, disturbing, and grim. Domestic violence causes more injuries to women between the ages of 15 and 44 than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined. There are 3,600 shelters for animals in the United States. There are only 1500 shelters for battered women. I couldn’t put this one down until I’d finished reading it. I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys crime and suspense novels, and psychological thrillers. I look forward to reading more of RaShell Lashbrook’s work in the future.

  15. 4 out of 5

    L. S.

    If you're ready for an intense, emotional rollercoaster ride, look no further. Hidden in the Dark tells the tale of three sisters that discover their family secrets. The tone is immediately set when we open with a man beating his wife. It wasn't much before she decided to up and leave. Conflict's established right off the bat. Accepting the author’s hook is a no-brainer: it promises lots of drama. And it delivers. Through the eyes of each character this tale unfolds. Raine, Randi, Lilly, and Gen If you're ready for an intense, emotional rollercoaster ride, look no further. Hidden in the Dark tells the tale of three sisters that discover their family secrets. The tone is immediately set when we open with a man beating his wife. It wasn't much before she decided to up and leave. Conflict's established right off the bat. Accepting the author’s hook is a no-brainer: it promises lots of drama. And it delivers. Through the eyes of each character this tale unfolds. Raine, Randi, Lilly, and Genevieve all tell their sides of the story. Each one weaves another layer to the fabric of this story. It works itself like a puzzle, coming together piece by piece. Three sisters start to remember bits of the awful things their father did. And for some, they learn some new things about themselves. There is conflict everywhere. But each battle is important to either the characters or the narrative. It pushes the characters along in their development. And there was so much character development. So much drama, but so necessary. It leaves the reader hanging on every word, wanting more and more. All the information is spoon-fed to the reader in such slow, small increments. Such wonderful execution is an art form in and of itself. While story pacing is excellent, the way the chapters break is frustrating. Chapters would end, only to pick up where they left off in the very next one. It never failed to pull me out of the story because I'm expecting something different. There was some graphic sex in the novel—most of which was well-written. The author did a better job than most. And it served a purpose to the narrative. I love the way the author takes the characters’ lives in different directions. Hidden in the Dark touches on varying coping methods. Some healthy, some not. Some expected, some not. By the end, the readers experience an entire spectrum of aftermaths—both good and bad. I loved the fact that not everyone had a happy ending. Leaving such a raw, emotional feeling must have been difficult for the author. But it complimented the rest of the novel so well. Everything fit. Everything felt right. Loose ends were well taken care of. Hidden in the Dark touches on such sensitive subjects, but does so with tact and grace. It’s a wild ride from both start to finish. This author is one to keep an eye out for.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tammy Davis

    This book was centered around an extremely abusive household. A typical family dynamic with the father Randall, the mother whose name I believe was Betty, and their three daughters Raine, Lilly and Miranda I believe was the third child. The story follows them from the time their mother decides to leave the father and move in with Raine. From that point the story goes back to when they were growing up and the life they are living now. Raine seems to have a multiple personality from the abuse she This book was centered around an extremely abusive household. A typical family dynamic with the father Randall, the mother whose name I believe was Betty, and their three daughters Raine, Lilly and Miranda I believe was the third child. The story follows them from the time their mother decides to leave the father and move in with Raine. From that point the story goes back to when they were growing up and the life they are living now. Raine seems to have a multiple personality from the abuse she grew up with. The other two sisters seem to have sexual and relationship issues. Lilly ends up cheating on her husband and gets pregnant, and Miranda seems to have fallen in love with a porn director. During the time the mother leaves her husband, the girls are remembering the physical and sexual abuse. Raine seems to be the one having the hardest time, and plots to kill first her father, and eventually the mother. She almost gets away with her father until her mother decides to go back to her husband, and puts out a missing police report. Things are not looking good for Raine. Betty discovers after she finds out he is dead, that he has a secret bank account. Thinking that he had set aside some financial help, she obtains the required death certificate. Only to find out that he has took some pictures of him sexually abusing several girls. Raine is called to the family home to view these photos, and that is where she snaps again. Her multiple comes out one last time to finish off what she planned to do. Raine might have got away with it if her two sisters had not discovered her back and horrible scratches. I rated this book a five because it is a good read. But forewarning, it is graphic and triggering. Not a good book for a child or someone still dealing with childhood trauma.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Reads A-Lot

    Genny was a woman in her 60’s married to the same mean, old, abusive drunk. After putting up with Randall for so long, she didn’t have to wonder why her daughters didn’t come around anymore. Raine was stuck in a rut and hated her job, especially working for her fat slob of a boss. Lillian was a happily married mother of two. She seemed to have had the perfect life. Randi was a smoking, selfish lout that hadn’t spoken to her mother in years and never brought up the special relationship she had her f Genny was a woman in her 60’s married to the same mean, old, abusive drunk. After putting up with Randall for so long, she didn’t have to wonder why her daughters didn’t come around anymore. Raine was stuck in a rut and hated her job, especially working for her fat slob of a boss. Lillian was a happily married mother of two. She seemed to have had the perfect life. Randi was a smoking, selfish lout that hadn’t spoken to her mother in years and never brought up the special relationship she had her father. The news of the girl’s mother finally leaving their father stirs an unsettlement as painful memories emerge from the dark recess and surface to their minds. Story eloquently relives memories of the family’s murky past. But secrets were not just in the past; they were also playing part in the present as well. Raine was living a double life as her alter ego, Serenity, a sexually starved vixen; and soon a personality from the past takes over. And Lillian was having an affair. Could she be pregnant with another man’s child? Each character had a different view and story that all melded together into one climactic and scintillating tale. Together, they unveil the secrets hidden in the dark. “The unknown was a monster in the dark that threatened to swallow [you] whole.” (127) The secrets would be enough to die and kill for. Well-crafted and compelling! It makes you want to see it ‘til the end.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Candace Nicole

    Normally I don’t read books that are written in 3rd person but this book sucked me in and it was an amazingly messed up story. I experienced so many emotions while reading about each character. Such a great read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Laura Ruetz

    This is a fantastic book and I didn't want to put it down. This is a family with secrets, dark ones. When their mother leaves their abusive father after decades of abuse, she turns to her daughters for help but the sins of the past burst back out into the light. The author does a great job of creating well-rounded and complex characters. There are enough twists and turns to keep the reader fully engaged and the writing style of the author is fabulous. I was given a free copy of this book. This is a fantastic book and I didn't want to put it down. This is a family with secrets, dark ones. When their mother leaves their abusive father after decades of abuse, she turns to her daughters for help but the sins of the past burst back out into the light. The author does a great job of creating well-rounded and complex characters. There are enough twists and turns to keep the reader fully engaged and the writing style of the author is fabulous. I was given a free copy of this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Bristow Harris

    I was somewhat misled by the cover of this FANTASTIC debut - I assumed it was an erotic read, but it's so much darker than I first thought, in fact some scenes are quite graphic and positively stomach churning! The characters are expertly described, I felt like I really got to know them. Some you start off liking and then disliking with vengeance! A tight highly enjoyable read which I am still thinking about some days from finishing, I'm really looking forward to reading the follow on in the near I was somewhat misled by the cover of this FANTASTIC debut - I assumed it was an erotic read, but it's so much darker than I first thought, in fact some scenes are quite graphic and positively stomach churning! The characters are expertly described, I felt like I really got to know them. Some you start off liking and then disliking with vengeance! A tight highly enjoyable read which I am still thinking about some days from finishing, I'm really looking forward to reading the follow on in the near future.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Marilynn Long

    I loved this book!!!! It kept me in suspense throughout the whole book I can’t wait for another book of hers to come out

  22. 4 out of 5

    Laura Hampton

    I read the first book, How a Monster is Made, first before starting this one. Just like with that one, while the subject matter is hard to read and a lot of it fills me with rage, the story and writing were excellent. Her characterization is fantastic and I felt like I actually knew them all. For me, I found several twists in this one that I wasn't expecting, so that made it a lot more interesting, but also a lot more heart wrenching. I was pulling for Genny to make it and then to find out that I read the first book, How a Monster is Made, first before starting this one. Just like with that one, while the subject matter is hard to read and a lot of it fills me with rage, the story and writing were excellent. Her characterization is fantastic and I felt like I actually knew them all. For me, I found several twists in this one that I wasn't expecting, so that made it a lot more interesting, but also a lot more heart wrenching. I was pulling for Genny to make it and then to find out that she knew more about what was going on with her daughters, left me angry with her even though I knew that she was being horribly abused as well. I felt the worst about Raine. At first, I thought Shanti was just her imaginary friend but to realize who she really was was so incredibly sad because it meant that the abuse was far worse for her. These two books were by far some of the best books I've read in quite a while. If you can handle this tough subject matter, I recommend them highly. I look forward to any other works this author produces.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Well written family drama/thriller. The story unfolds through the point of view of each family member. Includes some flash backs. Very easy to follow and definitely gripping. I look forward to more books from this author.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mary Barce

    Great Read Characters were fleshed out well, felt like I knew every character personally. Kept me reading, even when uncomfortable. Great ending!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    So I'm just left reeling after finishing this one! It is so dark, almost darker than the first one! I couldn't believe everything that happened, especially as we found out what happened from the prologue of How a Monster is Made. The poor girls! The insanity and depravity are just horrible but so succinctly written about it is almost like it was happening right in front of my eyes. I am glad to find out how things turned out but totally horrified by it at the same time. So I'm just left reeling after finishing this one! It is so dark, almost darker than the first one! I couldn't believe everything that happened, especially as we found out what happened from the prologue of How a Monster is Made. The poor girls! The insanity and depravity are just horrible but so succinctly written about it is almost like it was happening right in front of my eyes. I am glad to find out how things turned out but totally horrified by it at the same time.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Barb Shuler

    4.5*s *A review copy was provided by the author* First thing I must say is, holy crap. That is a nail biter of a read. The pages have to be turned because you just don't know what is coming next. There is abuse, and a lot of serious, wtf moments in these pages. The story of a small families battles and how they struggle through the past is heartbreaking, yet amazing. I'm the sense that you have to have more. His is a dark story, one that unfolds through the tellings of three sisters. The way it's 4.5*s *A review copy was provided by the author* First thing I must say is, holy crap. That is a nail biter of a read. The pages have to be turned because you just don't know what is coming next. There is abuse, and a lot of serious, wtf moments in these pages. The story of a small families battles and how they struggle through the past is heartbreaking, yet amazing. I'm the sense that you have to have more. His is a dark story, one that unfolds through the tellings of three sisters. The way it's presented and told will have your heart breaking one minute, you cursing the next and at a few points the tears will fight to fall. (Okay, maybe that was just me.) I'm so happy that this author was brought to my attention. This book brings to light everyday issues and things that only fiction can truly bring to light. It's like a walk on someone else's shoes. A walk that makes the emotions inside you boil to the top. It's as if a puzzle has. Wen put together upside down. With each retelling of the past the images become clearer and clearer. This is a book that will make you stop and think. It's also one that will show you, when a door closes, you have to kick it open and move forward.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    These Should Remain Secret The plot is kind of a mess, the writing needs good editing and characters and the plot need to be refined. Some actual research into how sexual abuse survivors behave and cope would have been helpful. Positive note is that chapters are short and over-all this is a very quick read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Grant Harris

    Quite honestly I picked up Hidden In The Dark half expecting it to be another... well, just another book. However, with the well orchestrated writing and the perfectly paced plot, I was left thoroughly impressed. In reality, I can't wait to see what Lashbrook conjures up next. Quite honestly I picked up Hidden In The Dark half expecting it to be another... well, just another book. However, with the well orchestrated writing and the perfectly paced plot, I was left thoroughly impressed. In reality, I can't wait to see what Lashbrook conjures up next.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mary Helen Carroll Burke

  30. 5 out of 5

    Janice

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