What's Done in Darkness

What's Done in Darkness


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Abducted as a teenager, a woman must now confront her past and untangle the truth of what really happened to her in this dark thriller from the author of The Wolf Wants In.

"Laura McHugh expertly delivers a harrowing tale of a world where little is what it first appears to be."--Ron Rash, bestselling author of Serena

Seventeen-year-old Sarabeth has become increasingly rebellious since her parents found God and moved their family to a remote Arkansas farmstead where she's forced to wear long dresses, follow strict rules, and grow her hair down to her waist. She's all but given up on escaping the farm when a masked man appears one stifling summer morning and snatches her out of the cornfield.

A week after her abduction, she's found alongside a highway in a bloodstained dress--alive--but her family treats her like she's tainted, and there's little hope of finding her captor, who kept Sarabeth blindfolded in the dark the entire time, never uttering a word. One good thing arises from the horrific ordeal: a chance to leave the Ozarks and start a new life.

Five years later, Sarabeth is struggling to keep her past buried when investigator Nick Farrow calls. Convinced that her case is connected to the strikingly similar disappearance of another young girl, Farrow wants Sarabeth's help, and he'll do whatever it takes to get it, even if that means dragging her back to the last place she wants to go--the hills and hollers of home, to face her estranged family and all her deepest fears.

In this riveting new novel from Laura McHugh, blood ties and buried secrets draw a young woman back into the nightmare of her past to save a missing girl, unaware of what awaits her in the darkness.

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    What's Done in Darkness Reviews

  • Farrah (on a short hiatus!)

    WHAT'S DONE IN DARKNESS is a decent thriller about a woman who escaped her religious fanatic upbringing but five years later is asked to confront her past to help the police track down and couple of m...

  • Kaceey

    4.5*Do you have plans this weekend? No? Good! Because once you start this book you will not be able to put it down.Sarabeth’s life was turned upside down when her family gave up everything from thei...

  • Liz

    This short thriller didn’t waste a page before it captured my interest. Which was just what I needed, because I feel like I’ve been caught up with books that take forever to get moving. Sarabeth w...

  • Sandy

    Sara Shepherd may be only 23 years old but she's already been through more than many experience in a lifetime. At age 17, she was snatched from her rural family farm. She was found 1 week later but th...

  • Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    Fast paced mystery, gripped me from the beginning. I pretty much devoured this one in less than a day. It's short, but has a fascinating narrative that keeps the reader engaged.It alternates between S...

  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    When Sarabeth was a kid, her family found God and moved to a small farm where she suddenly had to wear long dresses, follow strict rules, and give up most modern day amenities. As she edged closer to ...

  • Diana | Book of Secrets

    4.5 Stars — WHAT'S DONE IN DARKNESS is a gripping dark mystery that made me super uneasy! I love that Laura McHugh sets her atmospheric thrillers in small towns around the Midwest, in Missouri, Iowa...

  • Max

    This book has been getting a lot of rave reviews and I 100% understand why. You have a familiar set up with a character who has a tragic backstory returning to her hometown to confront a past trauma, ...

  • JaymeO

    What’s Done in Darkness is a compulsively readable dark thriller about the abduction of seventeen year old Sarabeth. After her parents suddenly find God, they uproot their family and move to a remot...

  • Kristy

    An excellent dark and foreboding mysterySarabeth is seventeen when she's held captive for nearly a week and then dumped along the side of the road, bound and blindfolded. She doesn't know who took her...