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Winterbourne Hall is not safe. Even as Clare and Dorran scramble to secure the ancient building against ravenous hollow ones, they face something far worse: Clare's sister has made contact, but she's trapped, and her oxygen is running out.

Hundreds of miles separate Clare from Beth. The land between them is infested with monsters, and the roads are a maze of dead ends. Clare has to choose between making a journey she knows she might not survive, or staying safe in Winterbourne and listening as her sister slowly suffocates.

At least, whatever her choice, she’ll have Dorran by her side. And yet there are eyes in the dark. There are whispers in the mist. There is danger lurking in the snow, and one false step could end it all....

©2020 Darcy Coates (P)2020 Darcy Coates

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Fantastic

I so enjoyed this fast paced sequel and can’t wait for the next instalment. I am quite new to this author, but am loving her stories.

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Secrets in the dark by Darcy Coates

Brilliant I’m on the edge of my seat couldn’t stop listening can’t wait for next instalment

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brilliant!

loved it! please let there be a book 3 on beyond, best series I've listened to in ages.

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Fantastic 2nd entry. Did not slow down.

Another great installment. Another round of twists and turns. Such great character development from the off, you're in there with them from page one. I'm not a reviewer who likes to give storylines away but what I will say is it's fast paced, well thought out intelligent writing that keeps you on the brink holding your breath many times.
The narration in this book is stellar. The narrator does a wonderful job of both male and female voices. adding the ring inflection. The accents are spot on and she's not overly dramatic to sell the story. Top notch.
Great listen all round really. can't fault it. XxX

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The best series of books I have ever read!!

Wow what a writer! Darcy is amazing - the suspense the description and what a story!! I have just finished book 2 and am about to go and try and find book three! I hope she has written it already and its ready to buy!
I hope someone picks these books up and makes the movies from them!! Wow Thank you Darcy Coates!! You are a genius!!!

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  • Elizabeth Ammerman
  • 07-11-20

Next? Please?

I can’t wait for book 3 to be available here!!! Oh an hopefully be the same narrator!!

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  • DebbieDD
  • 28-08-20

Pretty good

I like this series, however, if I'm ever in an apocalypse with someone like Clare I will sacrifice her first, she is getting on my nerves.

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  • Customer X
  • 16-06-21

Female protagonist suddenly becomes stupid.

I wish this had been better. I enjoy the story line, but can't stand the thoughts, attitudes, and actions of the main characters. Would like to finish the story, but I'm not sure I'll be able to do it without excess eye rolls and frustrations.
Edited to add: I made it through, and the last 2 minutes of the book were enough to convince me I might enjoy the next one. Finally, someone with a brain!
SPOILER ALERT ABOUT WHY I DISLIKED THIS ONE:
If you ask someone to kill a monster, they are not then a murderer for doing it. Also, if you find the only person who might have the answers to everything, maybe incapacitate them while they are down rather than ensuring they will never be able to transmit the knowledge necessary to solve the problem. <giant eyeroll>

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  • Franchesca
  • 30-01-21

This book was awesome!

This book made me feel all emotions. I sometimes disliked Clare when she is was being Annoying and not knowing how to be street smart at times. This book ended on a high for me. I almost was really upset if it had gone the other way. Yet it didn’t... whoa was it cutting it close. Can’t wait for the next book.

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  • Ann B Miller
  • 11-11-20

Great story

Loving this story. Sounds like something that could really happen. When do we get the next book on tape??? Hate having to wait for it to come:(

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  • Kat Klaz #13
  • 26-10-20

Kid Book

This is something I would have read as a young teen. Pretty boring overall. It was pretty much the same thing again and again, just in new locations. Some adults might enjoy it, but not for me.

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  • Chloe Anderson
  • 21-10-20

I cannot get enough!

Darcy Coates, you are so talented. Your stories are suspenseful, engaging, “clean,” fun to read... The narrator is phenomenal. Wow. I can’t believe I have to wait until Thursday to read book 3. I wish it were on audible. :-)

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  • texas nurse
  • 19-09-20

AMAZING

Amazing story amazing series and amazing narrator. Long time fan of Darcy and was curious as this is a bit of a step outside her norm. She does it incredibly well. Would highly recommend!

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  • Aimee M.
  • 10-08-20

Lots of fun!

Man, I was so excited when I saw that book 2 was out already! 😀 This is a fave author of mine. I haven’t read a book by her that I didn’t like. Book 1, Voices in the Snow, had an epic hook that grabbed you right from the beginning and it never let you go. I was very excited to see that book #2 starts off basically right after Voices ended. The author did a great job briefly explaining the important bits from book 1 just in case you hadn’t read it yet. It was easy for you to get the gist of what had happened without spending too much time dwelling on past stuff, plus the info was sprinkled throughout the book instead of just bogging the reader down with past info all in the first few chapters.

So…. I’m going to be slightly contrary now. I JUST said that I really liked how book 2 started off where book 1 left off at. I really do like that. BUT. It did make the start of the book feel much slower. Now, hang on a second… It only felt slow because of the plot summery you get before you even begin the book. It talks all about how the characters leave their safety and travel to a location that is going to be filled with monsters. “Watching” the characters just tool around their house for a few hours or days just made me anxious and restless waiting til they had their adventure away from the house. It slowly built up the excitement and tension because you knew some serious danger was literally right around the corner. So…. the slow burn is cool on one hand but also a little bit frustrated with the book summery…. if that makes any sense? I DON’T count that against the book or the author though. I just wanted to note that it felt a little bit slow in the beginning.

Now, once the main characters actually got on the road, the story really took off! Lots of great suspense here because, if you are like me, you’ve been wondering just exactly what has happened to the outside world since the start of book one. Is the whole world gone? Zombies? Aliens? Nuclear fallout? What?! Well, buckle up, because we finally start getting some answers! (PHEW! I was afraid it’d be one of those never-gonna-tell sort of stories!) And it’s not exactly what everyone’s been thinking either…. We’ve all been in the ballpark with our theories, but the actual event comes straight out of left field. I don’t think I would have ever guessed this outcome.

I’ve seen a few people complain about the big reveal. No spoilers, but basically some reviewers feel that this author is normally more creative with her plots and this one just turned out to be “just another creature post apocalypse story” when the horror genre has been seeing a lot of that for years now. I agree, that is a very popular horror topic at the moment thanks to zombies. So I can understand some people feeling a little bit bummed and burned out, especially if they aren’t a huge fan of that topic anyways. So I get that. BUT, Darcy does put her own sweet little twist on it. I loved it. I love the why, the how and the what! The creature designs alone are some of the coolest I’ve seen since back in the day of the first few Silent Hill games. These are some seriously twisted monstrosities! And I love every freaking minute of it!

The last few hours are banana splits filled with tension. UGH! The cliffhanger! I can’t wait for the next book to find out where the story goes from here. Where IS there to even go after this?

Secrets in the Dark is narrated by Angela Dawe. She has a great voice. Very soothing and relaxing to listen to. Angela has a nice range between genders, age, monsters, humans, everything. She felt extremely believable as Clare. I loved the raw nervous emotions and hesitations she put into Clare’s voice. It really was a good match.

I do have one mini complaint (?) comment….about the narration though. I read book one, so this (book two) is my first time with the audiobook. I….. I thought we were in the UK? >.> But the narrator makes it sound like we are in North America somewhere. I don’t believe the author ever specifically said one way or the other, it’s always very vague landscapes, towns, and cities that you can kind of plug into anywhere in the world, probably. I don’t know…. I just assumed we were in the UK, I guess. Like, just the way some of the settings are described, and Dorran’s family home, and so on… *shrug* It’s not really a complaint about the author or the narrator… It just kind of threw me for a loop at first because all through book one I was “listening” to the characters with a British accent, so hearing them with a US accent for book two was a little odd. XD Not a big deal, I just thought it was kind of funny.

Even though Secrets in the Dark started out a little bit slower, the crazy fast adventure later on more then made up for action. I really enjoy Clare and Dorran. I was pretty entertained with the adventure and the twists. Once again, this author leaves me dying for the next book in the series to come out. 😀

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  • K. Walser
  • 07-08-20

Great read The Series is Getting Better

I have been enjoying the story line and all the little surprises that pop up! Have just benged listener to the first and second, and now I am hanging on waiting for the next one to come along.