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"...a novel that intrigues, enthralls, horrifies, thrills, and hits the listener with an emotional resonance as only the best stories can." ( Ain't It Cool News)

Summary

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 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 is 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...

The final part of a thrilling four-part novel, The End concludes the story of Charlie Wilkes and his efforts to solve the enigma of The Black Room. All the answers are revealed in this last piece of the story, guaranteed to keep the listener on the edge of his or her seat.

©2013 Luke Smitherd (P)2015 Luke Smitherd

Critic reviews

"...strong characterization, moral quandaries, mystery, and a whole lot of tense moments...the final sentence was truly a bittersweet moment." ( SFSignal.com)

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loved it

what an amazing imagination this author has! I discovered his books through The Stone Man and then The Empty Men narrated by Matt Addison but I prefer Luke Smitherd narrating his own books to be honest, his style for a female voice is less affected. anyway onto the story. my god! I wasn't expecting Part 3 to be like that - totally ramped up the story and it made so much sense all the rest of the story! this would make an amazing TV series on Netflix! I also thought the ending was beautiful - I am going to seek out his other books now; amazing talent!

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I really was surprised by this book this is a very well performed and written book. it takes you to unexpected corners.

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View into a head

The real beauty of this book is that it looks into the head of the author, maybe his real head, a dark version of it or some of the many versions he's ever considered. But the voice has an authenticity which is hard to disagree with, and even in its darkest forms, you feel it's reflection of your own darkest personality traits, and the lives you never led, or maybe I'm being over dramatic! Wonderful book!

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  • 01-04-16

great job

great story. got dark super fast with a twist that
I did not see coming by the end

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  • leslie
  • 04-02-16

The first 3 were better

I was very into the first 3 so it was a bit of a disappointment to come to the last one that cost around triple the first 3 prices and not like it as much.
It started of so strangely that I kept thinking I missed something. Then I had to keep going back to relisten on other parts because it was a bit confusing. I found that I would zone out a lot because it seemed like he was going over the same things at times. This may have been my fault, just because I kept getting the characters confused in the last book.
Still I enjoyed listening.
I didn't time the story but it did not seem like it was as long as was stated in the book description which said it was 4 hours and something long.