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Summary

The #1 Audible bestseller from the author of The Stone Man (shortlisted for the Audible Audiobook of the Year Award 2015)

There are hangovers, there are bad hangovers, and then there's waking up inside someone else's head. Thirty-something bartender Charlie Wilkes is faced with this dilemma when he wakes up to find himself trapped inside The Black Room - a space consisting of impenetrable darkness and a huge, ethereal screen floating in its center. It is through this screen that he sees the world of his female host, Minnie.

How did he get there? What has happened to his life? And how can he exist inside the mind of a troubled, fragile, but beautiful woman with secrets of her own? Uncertain whether he's even real or if he's just a figment of his host's imagination, Charlie must enlist Minnie's help if he is to find a way out of The Black Room, where the light of the screen goes out every time Minnie closes her eyes….

In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You tells the complete story of The Black Room, parts one to four. It contains all of the adventures of Charlie and Minnie, guaranteed to keep the listener on the edge of his or her seat.

©2013 Luke Smitherd (P)2015 Luke Smitherd

Critic reviews

"Science fiction, drama, humor, horror, and yes - even romance - are expertly blended ... In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You is shaped with an exquisite precision that culminates in a climax that leaves the listener exhausted from the dizzying thrill of emotions..." ( Ain't It Cool News)

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Highly recommended

A friend once summed up the quality I like so much in Richard Matheson's writing as "Ordinary people in extraordinary situations." The same applies to Luke Smitherd's writing, which explains why I've binged my way through all of his books on Audible.

It's hard to pin a genre to these ; they're not really full on sci fi or fantasy, rather they're the journey of believable, engaging everyday characters dealing with a world inexplicably tilted on its axis.

Whatever genre it is, it works for me.


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  • Carol
  • Bellshill, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
  • 14-03-16

Something different from the same old same old

Loved this book. Different from anything I have read before. Loved the characters and cared for them. Loved the narration too. I have also read the stone man by the same author and would recommend that book too. The two stories are very different and unlike anything I have previously read.

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This needs to be a Movie (Totally original)

Would you listen to In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story again? Why?

Yes of course and i will be doing but not before i gobble up more work from this talented Author.

What was one of the most memorable moments of In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story?

No Spoilers, all i will say is when the penny dropped and the story explained the many questions i had whilst listening

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Too many to name but one that sticks out was the date scene

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes completely

Any additional comments?

If you're anything like me and get a little fed up with the same sort of stories and want to experience a very different refreshing concept, still with gripping drama, lots of mystery and want to go on a different kind of journey then there really is no need to be still reading this. What are you waiting for ?. Best credit i have spent in a very long time. (Apart from The Stone Man) Off to purchase the rest of this authors books.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • ALP
  • England, UK
  • 27-09-16

Blew my expectations out of the water!

Around the halfway point of this book I began to periodically sigh to myself - "This is a great concept, really intriguing, hugely original.. but is it going THERE? Really?.."

The answer - No. I'm an idiot. A massive idiot.

This was by far one of my favourite listens this year. A great concept, a well crafted story and a definite emotional impact at both ends of the spectrum that I'll be feeling for a while. I can't say much without spoiling anything, but I had such emotional responses to characters here that I haven't experienced in a very long time!

The cover has a review which mentions a number of genres and it really does cover them all without truly be confined by a classification, I can see this appealing to a lot of people for different reasons and immediately recommended it to a number of friends!

Also worth noting that Luke Smitherd has been independently publishing, as well as writing and narrating this book. Loving the spirit and the narration was great too - I look forward to more!

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Fabulous, loved it!

I've just downloaded another of Luke Smitherd's titles and have no doubt that it will be a great listen as well

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blooming brilliant

this had me from the very first sentence. it mirrors what i think happens in the world. i couldnt find anything to fault with this book.

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Fascinating premise, did not disappoint

I recommend this book highly as a genuinely unique take on a thriller, completely unusual idea that gripped me from beginning to end. Though to call it a thriller wrongly limits it to one genre, as it effortlessly blurs several and is highly enjoyable for that. Fast-paced and intense, this for me was simply a really enjoyable story, at times charming and scary in equal measure. I particularly appreciated the brief narrative from the author at the end giving an insight into some of his process.

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  • Galina
  • Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 19-04-16

Couldn't put the book down

Found the story to be very captivating, interesting and intriguing. Great mystery all the way till the end.

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This just gets better and better!

Never been so gripped by a story as much as this one! As you listen to the audio book you think you've Sussed what's happening and then Smitherd hits you with several twists! Prepare yourself for a lengthy listen to this as you are not goingt to want to have a break! Good work from the author both written and spoken.

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Original and engaging.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely. It was a unique story and and engaging and entertaining listen.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This was not a book with a large cast. The main character Charlie was probably my favourite. He was a likeable everyman who found himself entangled in some crazy happenings and dealt with them pretty well.

What about Luke Smitherd’s performance did you like?

I usually avoid books narrated by their authors, as 9 times out of 10 they are awfully performed, but I'm glad I took a chance on this one as Luke Smitherd gave a competent performance. He was not the best narrator I've ever listened to but he was far from the worst. I even think he improved as the story progressed. I'll be happy to listen to his other books.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really but there was a lot of moments when I was completely sucked into the story so I guess that is a good sign.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this unusual sci-fi/horror.

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  • Peter B.
  • 10-01-16

Luke told me to write this but I would have anyway

Would you listen to In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story again? Why?

Yes, it was very entertaining.

What was one of the most memorable moments of In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story?

Every time you thin you know where the author is going, he throws you a curve.

Have you listened to any of Luke Smitherd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Stone Man was also good. this one was close to Stone Man.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Had a few laugh moments and a few WTF moments.

Any additional comments?

Good Job Luke!

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  • Denise Ryan
  • 21-02-16

Wow - Fantastic Imagination and Gripping Story

What was one of the most memorable moments of In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story?

If I tell you, I'll give too much away.

Any additional comments?

This is my second Luke Smitherd audiobook (LOVED The Stone Man) and I can't wait for more. He has a fantastic imagination and you will get lost in the strange worlds he creates. If you like horror, mystery, and/or science fiction, his books are the perfect blending of them all. The only small, small downside here is that some of the lines repeat in the recording - not sure why. But don't let that stop you. Just know you're not crazy.....

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  • Mark Silverman
  • 14-12-15

Incredible job, Mr. Smitherd!

This is apparently the author's first voice-over, and what a great job! He understands his characters well enough to breathe not only life into them with the spoken word, but depth. I Ilistened to Stone Man before this, and it was just as good. I'm a fan of yours, good sir!

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  • Alan
  • 25-01-16

I guess I'm now officially a fan

I started with The Stone Man, which I found by accident, and liked a lot. That led me to A Head Full of Knives, which I loved. Which led me to In The Darkness, which I found the best of the lot. So I guess I'm a fan.

There were a few minor glitches in the audio editing (repeated sentences here and there), but not out of hand. For narration, I'd give it at least a B+.

I personally found the epilogue a bit sappy and off-putting, especially given the hard-nosed nature of the story itself, and also the unsentimental endings of The Stone Man and A Head Full of Knives. But that's just me.

So I'll now be moving on to The Man on Table Ten. And looking forward for more from Mr. Smitherd.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Michelle Guthrie
  • 23-08-17

finally something different

I travel for work and have lots of time for audible. at least one or two per week. lately it has seemed like the stories were the same until I stumbled upon Luke Smitherd. I've read Head Full of Knives and loved it (again, totally different story) so I moved on the next one suggested by Luke in his after story blurbs. keep on whoring for ratings.... it's working! lol you are doing your thing and it's definitely helping me get through the hum drum drive!

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  • Steve
  • 06-01-16

A wild ride with great characters & major twists!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. Luke Smitherd enjoys twisted, unpredictable plots, and they are worth the price of admission, but his real genius is in creating imperfect, very human characters that you come to care about while he's busy torturing them. In particular, this book takes an incredible left turn that will literally smack you in the face while you are busily shouting back at the author, "What did you just do, you #(%^)#?"

What other book might you compare In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story to and why?

Difficult to say; the book seems almost to change genres from section to section, which shouldn't work, but somehow it does.

Which scene was your favorite?

Without providing spoilers, Minnie's date and the immediate aftermath scene combined into a 1-2 punch that together demonstrate why I love Luke Smitherd's work.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. This particular omnibus was published in four parts, and I think it is best consumed pretty much that way.

Any additional comments?

This was Smitherd's first audiobook, and he narrates it himself. He does a really good job overall, and you can tell he gets into his own work. That enthusiasm makes up for the small but annoying glitches--particularly noticeable in parts three and four--where he rereads a phrase or a sentence twice that should have been edited out, and one paragraph about Minnie that should not have appeared until the very end of the book just sort of pops up early in part four, where it doesn't really make any sense whatever. But, again, I want to emphasize that this is a MINOR issue in a really fun book.

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  • Roger
  • 02-01-16

Great Story!

I really enjoyed The Black Room series - kept me wondering the entire time how things fit together, where it was going, and how it would end - which was outstanding. The author did a great job of narration as well. Eager to listen to the next Luke Smitherd book!

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  • Mark Hancock
  • 15-11-15

A new fave author for me!

First off- this is one of those rare instances where an author reading his own work worked wonderfully- he was pitch perfect. Second, this is my second Luke Smitherd book, after listening to The Stone Man, & I am drawn to the originality of thought he brings to the novel...Smitherd has an absolutely genuine voice, without a sense of anything feeling derivative. He is somebody I will continue to seek out. Plus, as a bonus, his afterwards are great:) Particularly his first line after The Stone Man.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Christopher Dowell
  • 01-11-17

The author knows his characters

To begin:

I purchased this audiobook after listening to both "The Stone Man" and "Kill Someone," so I guess you could say I'm late to the Smitherd party. The other reason I point this out is because those books were read by a different narrator, and not the author.

Having listened to both, I can't really say if I prefer one or the other. But I did have my doubts about Smitherd as a narrator in the beginning.

The meat:

So, you might wonder why I had an issue with Smitherd as a narrator, well let me tell you what turned me off to him at first and what kept me listening later.

Smitherd was probably a novice to narrating prior to reading this book, so at the beginning he emphasizes weird words and reads a bit too fast. His voices were pretty alright, though.

Later on, as the chapters progressed, he got a whole lot better. His inflections were spot on, and his knowledge of the story lent more believability to the book, as a whole.

The story, itself is thrilling, magical, beautiful, dark, mysterious, and down-right good.

It's best not to go into any more detail than that, because I'm a firm believer in "the less you know about a story going in, the more you'll like it."

If the summary tickles your fancy and this review makes you think you'll love Smitherd as a narrator, I recommend you buy it and have a listen. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Zachary Craft
  • 20-07-17

Kept me on the edge of my seat!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. This book was positively riveting and the author's afterword was heartwarming.

What did you like best about this story?

This is the first book I've read in a long time that completely captivated me. The realism of the story truly touched me and had tears streaming down my cheeks at several points as I listened to this audiobook in one sitting. I couldn't turn it off.

Have you listened to any of Luke Smitherd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've read several other of Smitherd's books, all of which were very well written, but this one has been my favorite thus far.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The jealousy and intense emotion that Charlie felt when Minnie went on a date with Chuck and Charlie's love for Minnie could be felt at every turn of the story.

Any additional comments?

Luke Smitherd is definitely a new favorite author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful