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A Darker Place

by Laurie R. King

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Standalone story (not part of a series) about a woman who goes undercover into a cult for the FBI. ( )
  CandaceVan | Apr 16, 2013 |
A thoroughly engaging story. ( )
  bsquaredinoz | Mar 31, 2013 |
Laurie R King has a gift for painting her characters in three dimensions so that the reader becomes totally immersed in the story.

I found the book hard to put down and remained totally involved with the story right to the last page. This is a thriller which has an unpredictable ending which keeps the tension high and the reader guessing to the last paragraph. ( )
  pinkozcat | Dec 19, 2010 |
An respected university professor, Anne Waverly is also an FBI operative wo goes undercover into a cult. ( )
  JeanneMarkert | Aug 16, 2010 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
A strong potboiler from author Laurie R. King.

A college professor who is an expert in 'cult' religious organizations and their operation, gets 'selected' by the FBI for undercover work in an Arizona based religious group. She has done this job before, sometimes not so successfully. Her own past is muddied with unresolved conflicts over events that took her family (husband and young daughter) from her.

The assignment turns much more personal when the first person she meets in Arizona is a young girl that strongly resembles her own lost daughter! Can she separate the personal issues from the job she was sent to do?

I found myself very engaged in the characters and the plot. What exactly makes a religious group a cult? What is just acceptable fervor and what crosses the line? I especially liked how the story took us inside the group, adding a human face to a subject too often publicly reported in glaring horrific headlines. These and other provoking questions are raised as the story moves forward. I hope the author plots another story with the same main characters. ( )
  iluvvideo | Jul 17, 2010 |
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This one is for Ken and Susan Orrett, with love
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In this country, we have the right to religious freedom.
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Published in the UK as The Birth of a New Moon.
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'A Darker Place' was published under the title 'Birth of a New Moon' in the UK.
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Laurie King's 1993 debut novel, A Grave Talent, won American and British honors for Best First Crime Novel, and it quickly established a loyal following for her series featuring San Francisco detectives Kate Martinelli and Alonzo Hawkins. She followed up that early success with a clever expansion of the Sherlock Holmes mythos, The Beekeeper's Apprentice. That novel, and the three that succeeded it, partnered Holmes with Mary Russell--a woman very much Holmes's equal in spirit and mind despite her young age. A Darker Place is King's first book to break from these series as she continues to pioneer new territory between literary and thriller fiction.

The success of A Darker Place comes from its slow revelation of the back story, which illuminates the major players: Anne Waverly, Glen McCarthy, and the people of Change. King brilliantly portrays the psychological split that drives Anne to self-destruction, both in her sexual relationships and in her self-effacing work for the FBI. Though a respected university professor and expert on cults, Anne Waverly was once a cultist herself. For 18 years she has struggled with personal tragedies that wrenched her from that experience, and she has dedicated herself (through academic labor and her covert work for the FBI) to saving the lives of others who become embroiled in religious fanaticism. Now, despite a vow that she has ended her relationship with the FBI and its work in defusing cults, she returns for one last effort at the request of Agent McCarthy. Anne cuts her hair, changes her name, and gradually loses herself in her new role as a member of Change. But her investigation soon becomes a journey into her own psyche, into the dark places of her past, as she sees her own life played out again in the members of the cult. --Patrick O'Kelley

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Theology professor Anne Waverly is sent undercover by the FBI to infiltrate a religious cult in California. Initially ill-disposed to cults--her husband and daughter died in a mass suicide in Texas--Waverly discovers an organization genuinely devoted to rehabilitating troubled youth and even finds love. But as she rises to a top post in the cult's administration, an unpleasant surprise awaits her. By the author of With Child.… (more)

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