Out of the Darkness

Out of the Darkness

by Heather Graham

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“Graham is the queen of romantic suspense.” —RT Book Reviews

A love rekindled…or a deadly reunion?

Even after a decade, Sarah Hampton is haunted by the night that nearly ended in a bloody massacre and destroyed her high school romance with handsome Tyler Grant. Now the horror has returned. It’s a reckoning from the events of that terrifying night—and a love they never let go. Only this time Tyler must protect Sarah from the killer hiding in the darkness…or lose her forever.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488033070
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 01/16/2018
Series: The Finnegan Connection
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 17,327
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham has written more than a hundred novels. She's a winner of the RWA's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Thriller Writers' Silver Bullet. She is an active member of International Thriller Writers and Mystery Writers of America. For more information, check out her websites: TheOriginalHeatherGraham.com, eHeatherGraham.com, and HeatherGraham.tv. You can also find Heather on Facebook.

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Out of the Darkness 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After Sarah, Tyler, Davey, Suzie, Hannah and Sean narrowly escape a serial murderer at a Haunted House as teenagers, they all go their separate ways until they are reunited ten years later after Hannah is brutally murdered in a similar manner, forcing the old friends back together. Since the murderer, Archibald Lemming, died that day, is it a copycat killer, a coincidence, or something more sinister? This was a quick, fun, light read. Something perfect to take on a plane ride or for a day at the beach. The story is rather predictable, but still enjoyable at the same time. It wasn't a fantastic book, but it went by quickly and kept me entertained. Thank you to BookishFirst for providing me with an ARC of this one.
412037RH More than 1 year ago
This book starts off with a group of friends who are going to a haunted house around Halloween but Sarah's little brother Davy does not want to go in the haunted house, he does not like the costumes they seem too real and scary to him. It is a good thing that they don't go in because there are mutilated bodies everywhere and they are real people who have been murdered by an escaped convict. Davy has saved everyone in the group by making a big deal of not going in. They all go here separate ways after that and don't talk about what happened to them until years later when something tragic happens to one of them and they are forced to reunite. The book is good and well written it is just not my kind of genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced. Loved the interaction of the characters. Definite page turner.
IFallInLoveBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Out of the Darkness was my first Finnegan Connection book AND my first Heather Graham. As far as it being the first book I've read in the series, I didn't feel like I missed anything, which is always a great feeling. I also liked Heather Graham's writing, so that was a definite plus. The basis of this story is creepy, so when I started reading it that first night I immediately put it back down and picked up something fluffier. Once I got into the story though, I was much more comfortable with it and enjoyed the plot quite a bit. My only complaint would be that the last plot twist felt too forced and ended up annoying me more that enhancing the story. Other than that minor hiccup, I read this pretty quickly. I liked the main characters and wished that we could have seen more of Davey. I was impressed by my first reading of Heather Graham and if I see another book by her I won't hesitate to pick it up. I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.
tracygib More than 1 year ago
This murder mystery starts out by bringing out a very traumatic tragedy that several teens somehow survived and were able to move forward from. Each of them forced themselves to continue forward with their lives without looking back until they could no longer continue to ignore the past that continued to haunt them. As tragic strikes again, they were forced together again, each a decade older and living completely different than the plans from that time long ago. Throughout the clever and unexpected twists, it was very easy to love the characters who displayed courage, faith, respect, and bravery. This book will keep you hooked until the end, and even when you think you've got it figured out, think again!
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LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
One night of terror changed their lives forever ... and with one new crime, it's all chasing after them again! A decade after a tragic event sent them all into their own downward spiral, a group of friends are reunited and begin to put the pieces together of that night and figure out who is coming for them now. The characters and underlying plot are very intriguing and keep you reading to see what's going to happen next. It was fairly loosely written and could have been tweaked into a tighter story, but overall an interesting read! Writer Sarah Hampton feels the past is coming back to haunt her when memories of a long-ago night are dredged up and relived over and over again with the friends and family that were there with her when youthful innocence was stolen and dreams were shattered. Private investigator Tyler Grant can't deny the feelings he still has for Sarah as soon as he catches sight of her. His high school sweetheart, the one he thought he would share his future with until that night destroyed everything. Now the horror they lived is back and they're all in danger!
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Heather Graham’s Out of the Darkness Halloween night turns into a night of terror for a group visiting haunted houses. All was fun until Cemetery Mansion were the killings turned real thanks to escaped prisoners. Ten years later, the group stills is haunted by that night, so much so they have never stayed in touch. The story tells how that night changed each character. Now one of that group is murder in the same fashion that happened that night ten years later. How is this possible after the prisoners were dead?? Sarah Hampton and Tyler Grant, once the love of each other’s lives were broken up that bloody, horrific night and haven’t seen each other in ten years. Neither one has ever stopped loving the other but that night divided them. Now they must work together with the authorities to solve the brutal death of this member of the group that night and to keep the remaining members of the group alive. The story takes off quickly and keeps an invigorating pace right up to its dramatic conclusion. There was suspense, intrigue, mystery, vivid characters, murder, combined with a flawlessly plot. There were sub plots within the main plot and lots of twists and turns. This is book # 3 in The Finnegan Connection. It can be read as a stand alone which I did. A good romantic suspense book!!! I volunteered to read Out of Darkness. Thanks to Bookish First for the opportunity. My opinion is my own.
JuliaAD More than 1 year ago
I really liked the twist at the end. Sarah and Tyler were in love and had a close circle of friends. That all changed one night when they were attacked by a monster. Ten years later, one of their friends that survived that night, is found dead. Tyler comes back to town to help find out who did such a terrible thing. He also found that his feelings for Sarah had not changed in all those years. They have to find the killer before they are all victims.
angnay01 More than 1 year ago
The book begins with Sarah and her friends enjoying an evening of haunted houses. Her cousin Davey warns them that the one of the haunted houses is evil and they should not go inside. They don't listen and go in anyway. Inside one of the "actors" is on the attack. Massacred bodies are everywhere. Sarah and her friends manage to escape. Fast forward ten years. One of Sarah's friends, from that night 10 years ago, turns up murdered. The day that changed them all has come back to haunt them. This brings Sarah's high school sweetheart, Tyler, back into her life. He has come back to help look for the killer and to protect Sarah from danger. Could this be the same killer from a decade ago? The book has plot twists all the way to the end. I would recommend this book. I received a copy of the book from bookishfirst for my honest opinion.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
This was a quick read for me since pretty much inhaled it and I couldn't put it down until the end. It was intense, it was scarier than the most, in a creepy and eerie kind of a way the most serial-killer stories are, and it had such an adorable, sweet yet ardent, rekindled romance, that took my breath away with the sizzling passion between them. The prologue sets the background to the story well and gives the insight to the characters and their relationships with each other. It actually takes the first fifth of the book, but it is well-used space, as all the information is needed to understand the nuances of the present situation, see the layers in the relationships. The crimes committed are some of the most bloody, cruel, and crimson kind. The case is twisted and the clues are barely there. I loved the fast pace that moved the tale along, the law enforcement's teamwork, and everyone's willingness to co-operate. Sarah Hampton and Tyler Grant once believed they would always be together. Now a decade later, it seems like not a day has gone by that they have not loved and cared for each other even being apart. The new connection is tight and fast, it is natural and believable, it is real and true, filled with passion and adoration, need to protect, and take care of each other. I have read about twenty books by the author and enjoyed most of them immensely, yet I think this is my favorite book by her - so many deep emotions, so intense, the cruel and gritty crimes, with the most sensual and expressive romance balancing the horrors of the evil minds. A must read, indeed, for all romantic suspense fans! ~ Five Spoons
Lanie More than 1 year ago
A decade after a massacre occurred in a Halloween attraction, one of the survivors has been found dead. Now, Sarah and Tyler have come together to protect themselves and the other survivors while trying to discover who killed Hannah. I haven't read the other books in The Finnegan Connection, but I believe this is definitely a stand alone work. It's a mostly enjoyable work, but I do have some gripes with it. The two main characters are rather quick to fall into bed with each other, seemingly without much fault because, after all, they are -possibly- being hunted down by the same person that killed their old friend Hannah. The fact that it was someone that was assumed dead was kind of a lame moment for me. On top of that, Morrison's reveal as a psychopath was rather lackluster without a lot of visible build up or hint towards that being a possibility. The plot line itself managed to be often lackluster and managed to make otherwise smart seeming characters look kind of dumb. This is a voluntary and honest review given to ARC copy of this book received through BookishFirst.
MonnieR More than 1 year ago
Reading this book - which I thoroughly enjoyed, BTW - marks a couple of firsts for me. It's the first time I've "won" the right to read and review a book, accomplished at Bookish First after writing an initial impressions paragraph by reading just one chapter. It's also the first time in probably 10 years that I've read a real book; that's how long I've been a confirmed ebook reader. As for the latter, it's likely to be the last for another decade; the paperback had such tiny print that it was tough for my aging eyes to read even with relatively powerful bifocals. That said, my annoyance with the fine print had no bearing on content; in fact, I've read at least one other book by this author and, because it was good, I expected this one to be the same. And quite honestly, it is. A decade ago, a group of high school friends had a pre-Halloween adventure that would forever change their lives. When they visited one of the New York haunted houses to which they'd scored free tickets, they were greeted with horror. One of the "actors" hired to scare the wits out of guests isn't an actor at all; but for the grace of God (and one heavy duty fake sword), the teens narrowly escaped being massacred by him on the spot (others weren't so lucky). The killer, who turned out to be an escaped convict, was killed - but even though they weren't physically harmed, all the teens were left with enough mental scars to trigger a lifetime of nightmares. Since then, the friends have scattered a bit. Most notably, Sarah Hampton and the love of her life, Tyler Grant, went their separate ways. She's back in New York now, writing science fiction novels. He's in Boston, working as a private investigator after stints in the military and the FBI. Also hanging around is Sarah's nephew Davey Cray, who has Down Syndrome and was the sword-wielding hero of that awful night 10 years earlier. Suddenly, the past comes roaring back: One of their friends back then, Hannah Levine, is found murdered. Actually, she wasn't just murdered; rather, she was decapitated, thoroughly chopped up into parts and strewn thither and yon. Scared out of her wits because the murder style mimics those at the haunted house, Sarah contacts Tyler for the first time in 10 years, begging him to come back home and help with the investigation. He does, of course - and also, of course, they quickly realize they're still madly in love with each other. But alas, they and their other old friends once again have targets on their backs. For sure, the haunted house killer is dead; so who is responsible now? When he escaped prison, the killer had an equally evil partner, who supposedly is long dead as well. Or is he? Has someone else - a copycat, perhaps - taken over where those two left off? More to the point, can the culprit be captured before he (or she) wipes out all the haunted house friends, thus preventing Sarah and Tyler from living happily ever after? The action is fast-paced and picks up speed (with a few sharp turns, only one of which I correctly guessed) all the way to the end. All in all, a solid effort and a fun read.
Dawn Dickerson More than 1 year ago
A Romantic-suspense (frankly a new sub-genre to me) begins with a tragic scene when a group of friends are in high school. At a season (Halloween) amusement park, Sarah, her boyfriend Tyler, her cousin with Down Syndrome, Davey, and a number of other friends had won tickets (truthfully, Davey had won the tickets) to the haunted mansions. Davey had a bad feeling about one of the mansions and he didn't want to enter but everyone else (except his cousin Sarah) went on ahead. Then tragedy hit and there was a mass murder inside the haunted mansion. Thankfully, all of Sarah's friends survive. Fast forward many years, and the group of friends are reuniting surrounding another tragedy related to their friend group. A love rekindles between Sarah and Tyler. The book takes you through as the FBI and police forces in New York City along with Tyler (now a private investigator) helps in the
WhereTheBookmarkEnds More than 1 year ago
I had a lot of fun with Heather Graham's "Out of Darkness". It centers around Sarah Hampton and an incident that happened during her high school years at a haunted house attraction. She and a group of her friends, along with her boyfriend and cousin who has down syndrome are witness to (and almost victims of) a gruesome scene. We then fast forward to them as adults, all leading separate lives until the past comes back to haunt them. The characters are well written and engaging to read. It was a hard book to put down once I started and finished it in just one sitting. If you are a fan of quick, suspenseful, mysteries than this would be a good series to get into! This seems to be the first in a series for the author and I look forward to seeing what comes next.
Valerie_Falk More than 1 year ago
I was excited to read this book after I won a copy from Bookish First. The first look seemed promising. I was also interested in reading a book by Heather Graham for a while. The story has a great premise. I loved the idea of the haunted house playing a key role in the plot. The story was intriguing and defiant kept me wanting to know what happens next. My major criticism of the book is that the author can be a bit repetitive. She seems to write the same thing more than once and in close proximity to where she wrote it previously. Another flaw that i noticed was the excessive use of exclamatory statements when they weren’t truly necessary. I am interested in reading more of her books to see if i am as into those stories as well.
BookCoholic More than 1 year ago
Fantastical Romance The horror of madmen on a killing spree lasts long after the event took place on what should have been a fun filled Halloween outing. Two escaped killers embark on a murderous spree in a haunted house, and six high school friends will never be the same. Out of the Darkness provides a quick weekend read for those of us who like romance and suspense. There is a continuation of the evil that started the Halloween night so long ago, and this time the evil returns for the group of six friends. The reader is along for the ride of learning why the evil chose to return and is left questioning why evil begins in the first place. The main characters are likable, and we hope they will be successful in evading the deranged killer. There is fast paced action in Out of the Darkness. Enjoy the mystery!
conni7 More than 1 year ago
Because of the way the book is written, you wouldn’t know that this is the third one in the series. The story begins with events that happened when this group of friends were in their late teens—seniors in high school. It then takes a huge jump to ten years later. I definitely wouldn’t feel as if I missed anything by starting with this one because I can’t imagine what I would have been left out from previous books. However, the story lacked the excitement that I usually find in books like this. It didn’t grab me from the first page, and at times, I felt the conversations between the characters were, I don’t know, just a bit stilted and there is too much narration. I almost feel as if the narrator is the most important character! It would have been better if more of this background information came up in the conversations or there was more action involved with some of it. Overall, I think the plot was a good one. If you enjoy reading a quick book with a mystery and some romance thrown in, and don't mind having all those comments from the narrator you might like this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!