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Where in the Dark

Five star pre-sale review prior to launch by Jennifer Thomason

★★★★★

Let me begin with trigger warnings regarding this novel. There is a great deal of content regarding the mistreatment of the Jewish people during WWII. Although relevant, Karen Millie-James did a great deal of research and included this detailed research regarding the treatment of those held in concentration camps throughout the novel.

Now, let me attempt to explain how incredible this novel is without giving spoilers, of course. Where in the Dark is a suspense/thriller, but at a higher level with a complex plot and extremely complex characters. Once Harold and Alfie contact Cydney regarding the bonds, things quickly begin unfolding leaving a trail of puzzle pieces.

The bonds are traced to a bank in West Virginia, but one that also had branches in Germany at one point. That bank is owned by an Albert Whiteman, who used to be known as Adolf Weissmuller when he was a member of the Third Reich. At ninety years old, Albert has been confessing the sins of his life and trying to seek some sort of forgiveness, however, Albert’s Nazi ties risk the future of the bank his family built, as well as his son’s future – his son being the Governor of West Virginia with plans to run as a Presidential candidate.

Running parallel to the investigation into the bonds is the investigation into whether or not Cydney’s husband is still alive and being held by a unit of the Special Forces. Sean has been helping and caring for Cydney and the children since Steve’s “death,” but now a tension rises between them as he tries to learn what has really happened to Steve.

Back to my assertion earlier about this being a higher level suspense thriller, there is nothing simple or easy about the plot of this novel. Karen-Millie James crafted very detailed sub-plots that not only enhance the story but make it completely fascinating. Don’t get me wrong, this is a difficult read at times and not a novel that you will breeze through quickly. However, everything is tied together seamlessly as she slowly reveals the whole picture.

Something I enjoy and respect about Millie-James’ writing is her characterization. Regardless of how secondary a character appears, her writing ensures that you can see and hear this character, in addition to knowing a great deal about them. There are no blanks or question marks after reading this novel or her previous novel, based on her impeccable character development.

On a personal note, I have even more respect for the author and her writing because of the amount of research that went into this novel. Being that I am in the United States and in Virginia (right next door to West Virginia, for those not from the U.S.), Karen Millie-James asked me questions that seemed so mundane, yet it all made since once I read the novel, such as, “what would someone in West Virginia call their father and grandfather? or What do you know about West Virginia politics?)

Not only is the novel outstanding, but it is based on research, as well as, personal family history of Karen Millie-James and her ancestors. Anyone interested in an intelligent, thought-provoking suspense/crime thriller, Where in the Dark should be placed at the top of your TBR.


The Shadows Behind Her Smile

★★★★★

Fast paced novel that combines the corporate world of high powered business and fraud with paranormal intervention, brilliant twist into the world of the HM Special Services. This book has it all crime, mystery, love a real thriller which moves seamlessly between each subject, couldn’t put it down.

 

★★★★★

A very enjoyable book & left wanting more & to continue the story. Easy to read, wanting to turn each page to find out more. Look forward to reading more books by this author.

 

★★★★★

A most enjoyable fast paced and unexpected romp through the murky world of the London business world, helped along by a dash of mysticism and an unsolved Middle Eastern military mishap. This is an lively and intriguing read, which one would expect is the first of many books for Cydney Granger’s character.

 

★★★★★

Great book! Will definitely read more from this author (should she publish more).

 

★★★★★

Just from the title, I was compelled to this book, and it turned out to be a great decision. You don’t find many good books associated with this genre. Would definitely read another from this author.

 

★★★★★

Such a brilliant book! The kind I could read over and over again! Brilliant author can’t wait to read her next book

 

★★★★★

Among recent novels that I have read, little has provoked my interest as “The Shadows Behind Her Smile” by Karen Millie-James. KMJ is truly a god-gifted author and I am very excited to read her upcoming books. I urge the readers just to start this book and I promise they won’t put it down. Highly recommended.

 

★★★★★

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story is so well described it really puts you at the scene. An interesting mix of themes come together as the tale unfolds. A real page turner and highly recommended. I look forward to the follow up

 

★★★★★

I couldn’t put this book down ! Took it on holiday and finished within 3 days ! Exciting , heart warming , compelling. I love the mix of stories running alongside each other that entwine later on. You feel so involved in the stories . Please Hurry up and write the next book KAREN , I just can’t wait.

 

★★★★★

I loved this book and could not put it down. I cannot wait for the sequel. Very well written and an excellent first novel. I wish the author success with her future writing.

 

★★★★★

I just finished reading the book. Took a day and a half as couldn’t put it down. Loved the characters especially Cydney and Sean. Can’t wait for the sequel.

 

★★★★★

One of those books you can’t put down! Thoroughly enjoyable read and looking forward very much to the sequel!

 

★★★★★

This book has an intriguing plot and an array of characters to keep one’s interest. The characters are well drawn and the plot moves through at a good pace. I also learnt a certain amount the machinations of big business which was a bonus, An excellent suggestion for a good holiday read.

 

★★★★

A great story to take on your holiday and if you’re not having a holiday then read this fast paced, sassy tale anyway. There’s lots of different threads woven together to create page turning sensation. So enjoy all the great characters and have fun!

 

 

★★★★★

A must read. You follow the story of widowed mum Cydney, who not only is a smart and savvy business woman she also has a “supernatural” gift that helps her in her personal, business and family life.

The heroine is strong, smart and likeable.

Prepare to finish the first instalment wanting the next book to already be out!!!
Brilliant start to the series.

Can we have more now please.

 

★★★★★

‘The Shadows Behind Her Smile’ is one of the best books I’ve read in a very long time. A paranormal thriller, it’s a truly gripping read – one I couldn’t put down. No spoilers here but there’s an astounding new writer in town, and her name is Karen Millie-James!

 

★★★★★

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and loved the mix of intrigue, supernatural, thriller and the business world. It is a nice to have a strong business woman and mother (Cydney Granger) as the lead character but who also shows her more sensitive side particularly towards her children and new love in her life. All the characters are believable and through them a web of suspense is created. I found it hard to put down as each chapter left you wanting to know what is going to happen next. I’m looking forward to the next book to find out what happens next in the lives of Cydney and her personal and business family.

 

★★★★★

An excellent book, certainly one that it is difficult to put down. I think it will appeal to men and women because of the character of Cydney. The paranormal aspects are very lightly and well done.  I am looking forward to the next instalment. Will Steve and Cydney be reunited? I hope so! An extremely great first novel. Well worth the 5 stars.

 

★★★★★

I read this book whilst on holiday and found I couldn’t put it down. The mix of the paranormal and war torn Afghanistan was very gripping. I am looking forward to the next instalment. Will Steve and Cydney be reunited? I hope so! An extremely great first novel. Well worth the 5 stars.

A compelling read from a new author and definitely worth a read

 

★★★★★

A superb book that has everything, romance, hope, crime, betrayal, paranormal – you name it and it’s there! A gripping read that I couldn’t put down and I’m looking forward to more books by the same author.

 

★★★★★

Loved this! Smarter than your average romance novel with a genuinely strong, complex, and accomplished female at the centre of things. Karen Millie-James has integrated business savvyness, romance, and corruption. I was gripped from beginning to end.  Looking forward to part II.

 

★★★★★

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Not the sort I usually read but the cover caught my attention and I’m glad it did. Not only did I find the story hugely gripping and entertaining but I believe I learnt from it too. Highly recommend.

 

★★★★★

Thoroughly enjoyed this book, couldn’t put it down. Gripping from beginning to the end and can’t wait for the sequel ‘Where In The Dark’ to come out. Would recommend this without any doubt.

 

★★★★★

What a great mix: thrilling, chilling, heart-warming and even tear provoking – a real gem.
It’s such a shame that I have finished this book as I adored having the opportunity to immerse myself in it.I haven’t seen another book by the author, but, I will be keeping a very keen eye out for the future!

*** Highly recommended ***

 

★★★★★

A gripping Novel really enjoyed the plot. Loved all the main characters. Can’t wait to read the second book. Great first novel

 

★★★★★

This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. It is really well written and has you gripped the whole time. I love the characters and the storyline is so different to anything I have read recently. Well done to the author and I honestly can’t wait for the next edition. You must read this book an amazing 5 stars with a cherry on top!!

 

★★★★★

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Not the sort I usually read but the cover caught my attention and I’m glad it did. Not only did I find the story hugely gripping and entertaining but I believe I learnt from it too. Highly recommend.

 

★★★★★

Loved it!

 

★★★★★

Bought this book last weekend and was drawn in straight away and couldn’t put it down. Fantastic read for all fiction lovers and hope to see some more from the author in the future.

 

★★★★★

The shadows behind her smile is my first book I bought for the kindle app. I am only half way through this book but I absolutely love it. I literally cannot put this book down. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves reading.

 

★★★★★

Really good book from a first time writer. I enjoyed it from start to finish and can’t wait for the next book.

 

★★★★★

A great first novel and looking forward to the next. Picked up on a Wednesday and finished the next day as couldn’t put it down. Liked the main character very much. Was supposed to be a holiday read but couldn’t wait that long – can we rush the next one please.

 

★★★★★

This amazing author is going places From a male perspective I loved it.

 

★★★★★

Really good book from a first time writer. I enjoyed it from start to finish and can’t wait for the next book.

 

★★★★

Can’t wait for the next book Couldn’t put it down It was a good change to what I usually read Enjoyed it very much

 

★★★★

This was a true page turner for me. Well written multi-layered looking forward to the next book in the series,

 

★★★★

I enjoyed the book very much. It is intriguing. The story line credible. There are a few things not believable

 

I really enjoyed this exciting and very different story and very much look forward to reading the sequel to find out what happened next to the main characters.

 

★★★★

This compelling story contains subjects which will appeal to both genders. Many people will be interested in the legal aspects of business, but the psychic link between members of the family held me enthralled. While various deals are being conducted world-wide, the hope of finding Cydney’s missing husband in Afghanistan kept me reading. The story of love and loyalty, encompassing mother, twins and a staunch family friend, leads to a tension-filled, yet satisfying, ending. I’m eager to read the next novel.