Darkroom

There’s plenty of room for another grave in the mountains . . .

TALENTED BUT UNSTABLE photographer Day Randall has been living rent-free in Kelly Durrell’s Colorado condo for eight months. Day needs someone to keep an eye on her. Kelly needs someone to draw her out of her stable but not spectacular life . The arrangement works for both of them.

Then Kelly comes home one day to find Day gone. There’s no note, no phone call. Day’s car is still parked out front, but her room is starkly, suspiciously spotless. No one seems to care.

The police certainly aren’t interested in a missing bipolar artist, but Kelly knows something is wrong. Day wouldn’t just leave.

Alone, Kelly traces Day’s last steps through shadowy back rooms of Boulder nightclubs and to a remote mountain estate, where the wealthy protect themselves behind electric fences and armed guards. Along the way, she uncovers a sinister underworld lying just below the mountain snow, and a group of powerful people who will do anything to protect the secrets hidden in Day’s enigmatic photographs.

If she trusts the wrong person, Kelly herself will be the next to disappear.

Mary Maddox once again delves into the dark corners of the human mind, this time in a gripping psychological thriller.

. . . tight, compelling, and convincing writing that is also witty and insightful, tossing off a critique of our culture which you can take or ignore. Jon A. Jackson

Author, HIT ON THE HOUSE and NO MAN'S DOG

[Darkroom is a] thriller with unexpected plot twists and suspenseful action. The murder mystery is dark and menacing, and the characters are multi-faceted. RT Source

The plot is never predictable, the characters are complex and believable and her prose flows with beauty and clarity. The book has the added bonus of pushing us to ask ourselves: how strong would we be if faced with similar circumstances? Tahlia Newland

Author, THE LOCKSMITH'S SECRET

I couldn’t put this novel down. Darkroom is suspenseful and beautifully written. Kelly Durrell is a deftly-drawn, intelligent, and likable heroine. There is humorous relief as well, and the art world setting adds another dimension to an already fantastic read.
Daiva Markelis

Author, WHITE FIELD, BLACK SHEEP: A LITHUANIAN-AMERICAN LIFE

Mary Maddox’s protagonists ‘pop’ with energy and personalities, while her action-packed story remains firmly rooted in reality . . . Anyone interested in superior blends of mystery, thriller, and nonstop action will relish Darkroom‘s attention to detail and its ability to create an engrossing story that’s filled with surprises right up to the end. D. Donovan

Senior Book Reviewer, THE MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW

About the Author
Mary Maddox is a horror and dark fantasy novelist with what The Charleston Times-Courier calls a “Ray Bradbury-like gift for deft, deep-shadowed description.” Born in Soldiers Summit, high in the mountains of Utah, Maddox graduated with honors in creative writing from Knox College, and went on to earn an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She taught writing at Eastern Illinois University and has published stories in various journals, including Yellow Silk, Farmer’s Market, The Scream Online, and Huffington Post. The Illinois Arts Council has honored her fiction with a Literary Award and an Artist’s Grant. Visit her online at www.marymaddox.com.