Iris in the Dark

Iris in the Dark : A Novel

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A single mother faces her worst fear--the past--in a provocative novel of suspense by the author of The Speed of Light.

Iris Jenkins knows that bad things happen. She's tried to escape these things for years. So when Iris is entrusted to house-sit at a lodge on the South Dakota prairie, she thinks she's prepared for anything.

But one surprise is Sawyer Jones, the property's neighbor and caretaker. He's a caring, reassuring presence who's making her feel safe and alive again. Then late one night, Iris hears a chilling cry for help coming from a walkie-talkie buried in a box of toys. As the calls get more desperate, personal, and menacing, Iris realizes the person on the other end isn't reaching out for help. They're reaching out to terrorize her.

Now the only way for Iris to move forward in life is to confront the past she's been running from...a threat that has now followed her into the dark.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 143 x 210.31 x 18.54mm | 267.62g
  • Lake Union Publishing
  • Seattle, United States
  • English
  • 1542037824
  • 9781542037822

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"A lucky few of us walk in the sunshine, and the rest of us have to fight our way out of the dark. Elissa Grossell Dickey's Iris is one of the latter, and in elegant prose, she makes Iris's journey heart-wrenching, memorable, and all too real. Pages turn faster and faster as you speed to the satisfying resolution of Iris in the Dark." --Kristin Wright, Amazon bestselling author of The Darkest Flower and The Darkest Web

"Iris in the Dark investigates the shadowy corners of one woman's past--and how they try to reclaim her, just as she finally finds some light. It's a moving and suspenseful story with prose as impactful as its characters' journeys. I read this one in a single sitting, pulled along by the novel's stunning revelations and Elissa Grossell Dickey's beautiful storytelling." --Megan Collins, author of The Family Plot

"Iris in the Dark is an unputdownable, unforgettable story of trauma and strength. Dickey expertly fuses romance and internal struggle with moments of abject terror, making for a fast-paced one-sitting read." --Suzy Krause, author of Valencia and Valentine and Sorry I Missed You

"Elissa Grossell Dickey is back with a suspenseful visit to America's heartland. The windswept prairie makes the perfect backdrop for hurt people to be healed by love." --Jennifer Bardsley, author of Sweet Bliss

"A nail-biter of a thriller, with a looming sense of dread etched on every page, shot through with hope, love, and purpose, as Iris navigates complicated emotions and confronts a troubling history that threatens the simple small-town life she's always longed for. I could not put it down!" --Paulette Kennedy, author of Parting the Veil

"It is a rare story that can keep you on the edge of your seat, fill you with a sense of foreboding, and warm your heart all at the same time, and Iris in the Dark is one of those extraordinary gems. Joining Iris on her journey of healing, redemption, and resilience kept me up late at night turning the pages." --Mansi Shah, author of The Taste of Ginger

"Filled with suspense and the all-too-real fears involved in keeping a small human alive, Elissa Grossell Dickey's Iris in the Dark will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. As Iris is forced to confront the demons from her past in an isolated lodge, she realizes that help isn't coming and she has to do this on her own. Don't start this book before bed..." --Sara Goodman Confino, author of For the Love of Friends
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184 ratings
3.9 out of 5 stars
5 29% (54)
4 41% (75)
3 23% (42)
2 5% (9)
1 2% (4)
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