In the Darkness

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It takes a community to raise a child, but what happens to that community when a child is lost? “In the Darkness,” is a novel about finding hope in despair and a light in the darkness when a teen girl from a small town disappears. Readers are calling the book about family, relationships, and community by award-winning journalist Tracy Frank “heart-wrenching” and a “compelling read.” More

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Words: 73,980
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301976546
About Tracy Frank

Tracy Frank is a journalist in Fargo, North Dakota. She writes about parenting, health, and the lives of the extraordinary people in her community.

Stories have always been a huge part of her life. Some of her favorite things to do as a child were to have stories read to her and to make up adventures with her brother and cousin. Reading is still one of her favorite past-times. She also performs stories by acting, singing and dancing in musicals through the Rural Cass Community Theatre.

Tracy was inspired to write “In the Darkness” after covering the end of a four-and-a-half-year investigation in the murder and disappearance of a teen girl from Hallock, Minnesota in 2003. On the ride home, she couldn’t stop imagining the horror the girl’s parents must have been going through, wondering what had happened to their child.

Nearly a year later, when Tracy was pregnant with her first child, she reported on the disappearance of a 22-year-old woman from a mall parking lot in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The woman’s abduction and murder devastated the community and entire region. Strangers came together to search through snow and bone-chilling cold for anything that could help find her. The tragedy and Tracy’s pregnancy renewed her drive to continue her novel.

In an attempt to, in some small way, help the parents who have lost a child and the children who have been stolen, Tracy pledges to donate ten percent of her proceeds from the sale of “In the Darkness” to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Tracy lives in North Dakota with her husband and two children. She is working on writing her next novel.

Reviews

Review by: Shurette Reither on June 26, 2013 : (no rating)
I finished this book in 2 days. I didn't want to do anything else. Great work Tracy. Keep it up. I'm anxious to read more.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Theresa Strong on May 14, 2013 :
Great job on your first book! When I first started reading, I thought it was going to be from the kidnapped stand point; as so many other books are. I loved the fact that it delved into the relationships of all of the people left behind. I felt their pain, joy, frustration and sorrow.
I can't wait for Tracys next book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Halliday Smith on May 08, 2013 :
Well done to the author of this fast-paced book for her skill in the use of plotting and back storey to inform the action and build rapport with her key characters. As a journalist with first hand experience of criminal reporting, Tracy Frank has artfully fashioned a credible and compelling read.

There were ‘notes’ of Jodi Picoult and Lionel Shriver in Tracy Frank’s writing, including the slow but relentless revelation of the fate of Cadence Carter, a 17-year old cheerleader student on the brink of life who vanished hours after the concluding event of her senior year schooling and start of the rest of her oh so promising life.

By way of confession, I almost put the book down in the opening chapters as it became quickly apparent that Cadence was in serious trouble. Oh no. Not that kind of book? I was glad I persevered, however, as the author employed restraint and sensitivity throughout, choosing not to indulge in overly graphic sensational in-your-face details about the abduction. Thus said, the author takes the reader on a gritty unsentimental journey as her characters react to the circumstances they unwillingly find themselves in.

The disappearance of the teenager into the so-called darkness, shakes up her local community, unleashing the best and worst in her circle of friends and immediate family, stirring up murky emotions of guilt, suspicion, blame, grief and downright anger.

Tracy Frank’s characters come across as simultaneously authentic and unpredictable, aided by her evocative use of language and situation, including some fascinating scenes with food, and the masterful touch of the squirrel incident. Nothing seemed too far-fetched, overly maudlin or clichéd as the story progresses, and while the book includes some religious messages, they were appropriately voiced, furthered the story and in no way came across as too preachy.

Criticisms? In my opinion, there were some instances of overwriting, for example ‘ . . . he wrapped a knuckle of his index finger on the door three times … ’ and ‘ . . . Trista’s tears [slowed] from a deluge to a light rain . . .’, descriptions that to me seemed to be trying too hard. And then there was the ending, which I won’t reveal here for obvious reasons. While it was satisfying on many fronts, redemptive even for all concerned, I was hoping for a different outcome.

Above all, In the DARKNESS reminds the reader of the preciousness and fragility of life, and the importance of making the most of it while we can, on the basis that we can never know what’s round the corner, as Cadence discovers.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Kelsey Fercho on May 08, 2013 :
I am a huge fan of this book! Once I started, I could not stop reading it! I loved being able to see the story through the eyes of all the different characters, and being from a small town I could really relate to this story. This is definitely a must read!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: TF Daniels on May 07, 2013 :
FANTASTIC story from the first page. I couldn't put it down and would recommend this book to anyone interested in reading the work of a phenomenal new author. Wonderful wonderful.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Eva BF on May 07, 2013 :
Heart-wrenching story that captivates from beginning to end. Great read!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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