Charlotte Townsend aka Carly has been through the mill over the past ten years and has finally taken some positive steps towards getting her life back on track. Settling in Newcastle, Carly has a nice apartment, is enrolled at TAFE and has made some new friends in her new community. But just when she feels like she is almost "normal" again she is awoken in the early hours of the morning to the terror of a man next to her bed watching her sleep. The police are very helpful the first time, dusting for fingerprints and explaining how a not properly locked door could have provided an entry point. So Carly diligently ratchets up her security only to have the same experience a week later. After the third time the police are less than sympathetic, pointing out that there is no evidence of an intruder and no possible way in. They suggest psychological help or risk being known as a nuisance caller.
Darkest Place is a compelling thriller. The tension begins in the very first pages and continues to build at an increasing place as Carly's so-called dreams intensify. Once the intruder has taken to lying on top of her and she bears physical scars of her nocturnal encounters Carly is truly on a tightrope between rationality and paranoia. But where can you go when nobody believes you? Who do you turn to for help when the police won't take you seriously? She has to make a choice, to go quietly or to stand up and fight the hidden monster who is ruining her life.
Once again I enjoyed the Newcastle setting of Darkest Place, as always it is nice to read books set outside the major cities. I also enjoyed the character of Carly. Despite her fragility she has a core strength that I liked and I enjoyed the development of her character through the story.
For those who enjoy a page turning thriller Darkest Place will not disappoint. Just don't read it alone in the middle of the night!