Iris in the Dark by Elissa Grossell Dickey

"Mystery" Genre card with dark woods and light in the distance
Person in dark woods titled "Suspense"

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a story that builds layer upon layers of suspense that have you twisted tight like a spring as you wait to find out what is going to happen! I loved the secrets and the heart-pounding tension!

This story focuses on Iris, a single mother, wo has the chance to watch over a secluded hunting lodge. She’s clearly got some secrets, we know that right from the beginning, but we have to wait to find out the details. As she gets settled into the lodge with her young child, she starts to hear calls from a walkie-talkie. Someone is trying to torment her about her past…

I really enjoyed this storyline, and I just needed to know what was happening and why! I liked the build-up as the story progressed. I could have done with a bit less romance, but that’s a personal choice. I don’t really need a romantic storyline in my suspenseful reads. I also found the descriptions of the location of the lodge and the surrounding area to be absolutely gorgeous! I just want to go there and check it all out now!

Content Warnings:
Human trafficking and physical and verbal abuse

Where to Find This Book:

Amazon ~ Goodreads

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.

Just the Facts:

Iris in the Dark by Elissa Grossell Dickey
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Pub Date: June 7, 2022


I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.

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