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Dark Corners by Megan Goldin

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Dark Corners

Repeat author

Megan Goldin is back at Book of the Month – other BOTMs include The Night Swim.

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From the pen that brought us The Night Swim, a new true-crime-inspired nail-biter where anyone could be the killer...

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    Psychological

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    Puzzle

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    Whodunit

Synopsis

Terence Bailey is about to be released from prison for breaking and entering, though investigators have long suspected him in the murders of six women. As his release date approaches, Bailey gets a surprise visit from Maddison Logan, a hot, young influencer with a huge social media following. Hours later, Maddison disappears, and police suspect she’s been kidnapped—or worse. Is Maddison’s disappearance connected to her visit to Bailey? And why was she visiting him in the first place?

When they hit a wall in the investigation, the FBI reluctantly asks for Rachel Krall’s help in finding the missing influencer. Maddison seems to only exist on social media; she has no family, no friends, and other than in her posts, most people have never seen her. Who is she, really? Using a fake Instagram account, Rachel goes undercover to BuzzCon, a popular influencer conference, where she discovers a world of fierce rivalry that may have turned lethal.

When police find the body of a woman with a tattoo of a snake eating its tail—identical to a tattoo Rachel had seen on Bailey’s hand—the FBI must consider a chilling possibility: Bailey has an accomplice on the outside and a dangerous obsession with influencers, including Rachel Krall herself. Suddenly the target of a monster hiding in plain sight, Rachel is forced to confront the very real dangers that lurk in the dark corners of the internet.

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Dark Corners

Chapter 1

A RACHEL KRALL SPECIAL REPORT

Have you ever had a day when absolutely everything goes haywire and nothing goes as planned? I have. More times than I care to remember. Like the time my kitchen pipe burst just as I was heading off on a date with my old college crush who was in town on business.

Instead of rekindling the unrequited spark from college, I spent the evening frantically mopping the flood of water on my kitchen floor while waiting for the emergency plumber to turn up. My next-door neighbor Chloe kindly went down to the bar across the road to keep my date company while I dealt with the plumbing crisis.

By the time I joined them, they were hitting it off. Sparks flew like fireworks that night. Just not with me. Incidentally, they’ve been married for three years. One baby. Another on the way. Cutest couple ever.

It’s unlikely they’d have met if my kitchen pipe hadn’t blown. Was it fate, or destiny? Your guess is as good as mine.

It happened again this week. This time it was a telephone call that sent everything into a wild tailspin.

I’d planned to spend the day catching up on admin work and tidying my apartment. I’d hoped to squeeze in time to paint a mid-century dresser that I bought at a flea market and was in the midst of up-cycling. In the evening, I’d arranged to go to my producer’s place with takeout sushi for a working dinner while we went over stuff that had piled up while I was out of town. It was supposed to be a hump day. A day to get stuff done.

That all fell by the wayside when the loud ring of my cell phone catapulted me out of a deep sleep some time before dawn. Within two hours, I was staring out an airplane window at an aerial view of the Eastern Seaboard, sipping ice-cold reconstituted orange juice as I winged my way to northern Florida.

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Why I love it

True crime podcaster Rachel Krall, heroine of the acclaimed thriller The Night Swim, is back in action and caught in the crosshairs of danger again! Author Megan Goldin excels at misdirection and crafting intricate plots. But those aren’t the only tricks up her sleeve. Multiple points of view, a steaming hot FBI agent, and an in-depth take on the complicated, cutthroat world of influencers kept me flipping the pages of her new novel Dark Corners in a frenzy.

In this latest outing, Rachel Krall’s story starts when the FBI invites her into a maximum-security prison to meet with suspected serial killer Terence Bailey. The catch? Bailey is about to be released, since police can’t directly link him to the murders. And the last woman to visit him, a popular social media influencer, has vanished. Even worse—Bailey now seems to be targeting Rachel. It would be enough to make most of us flee town. But Rachel rushes toward danger, not away from it. She dives headlong into an investigation of the murdered and missing women, peeling back the layers of old and new crimes, frantically working to find answers before the killer finds her.

Rachel Krall seems like a character who is here to stay. That’s good news for those of us who can’t wait to see what kind of danger this compelling and determined woman rushes toward next. And I suspect our numbers will grow with Dark Corners.

Member ratings (21,501)

  • Francesca B.

    Cypress, CA

    I COULD NOT put this book down because I wanted to know who was the murder was. It was crazy that he was hidden in plain since (hence, Dark Corners). Definitely didn’t expect the ending so ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Olivia G.

    Brooklyn, NY

    Loved it! Def had some unexpected twists and turns, and I loved the “who is the killer” game I had to play since someone was revealed early in the book! Would recommend, v engrossing. 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Alexandria A.

    Rocky River, OH

    As soon as I started this one I could not put it down. It was a wild ride to go on with Rachel and I love the podcast aspect. It was also interesting to see the dark side of influencing. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Alana K.

    WINDERMERE, FL

    Perfection!!! The author gives you just enough to come up with theories and ideas, without giving away too much too soon. I’m hoping there is another Rachel Krall story in the works. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Kate M.

    Austin, TX

    There were many things I loved here. I did feel the love interest was a loose end, what was the point of that storyline? And the ending was lackluster. Influencer world, mystery, plot, all ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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First Lie Wins
No One Can Know
Middle of the Night
Listen for the Lie
A Talent for Murder
One Perfect Couple
Darling Girls
Kill for Me, Kill for You
Murder Road
Daughter of Mine
The Fury
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The Other Mothers
The Resort
When I’m Dead
The Soulmate
What Lies in the Woods
She Started It
The Only One Left
Dark Corners
Blacktop Wasteland
All the Dangerous Things
The Only Survivors
The Broken Girls
The Family Game
The Push
We Were Never Here
Things We Do in the Dark
The Golden Couple
The Collective
The Stranger Upstairs
Gone Tonight
Too Good to Be True
The Last Word
You Are Not Alone
Rock Paper Scissors
Not a Happy Family
A Flicker in the Dark
The Last Flight
Reckless Girls
The House Across the Lake
The Wife Upstairs
The Last Thing He Told Me
The Maidens
Everything We Didn't Say
Invisible Girl
The Paris Apartment
You're Invited
The Last Party
Dark Places
Pieces of Her
The Wife Between Us
Sharp Objects
None of This Is True
The Silent Patient
The Winter Sister
The Other Woman
Necessary People
The Family Upstairs
The Night Swim
Girl A
The Hunting Wives
Just Another Missing Person
First Born
The Lies I Tell
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