Dark Places is a dark and emotional story – an interesting “whodunit” which opens a window to a world that is deeply foreign to me. It tells the fictional story of a young woman’s search for the truth behind the murder of her family.

On one hand, it’s obviously a fictional story, but the story of a family losing one parent to murder, and another parent to drugs, is depressing and sad on every level. A combination of poverty, desperation and misery combines for less of an emotional roller coaster and more of an emotional pinball machine. There were no highs that you might associate with a roller coaster, just repeatedly jarring emotional collisions of a pinball machine.

Certainly don’t read (or listen) to this book if you’re looking for happiness or joy, but instead, come for the emotional impact of this excellently written story.

Michael Josem is a long-term consumer advocate, most prominently as a global leader in combating fraud in the online gambling industry. He was in part the inspiration for the 20th Century Fox Movie, Runner Runner, starring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake.

Josem has over a decade of experience as a senior business leader working across various high-tech and online industries, and takes action to build a better community. His primary volunteer roles include service for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and Graih, the homelessness charity.

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