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    Domestic drama

    2.5 stars Some Days are Dark makes some mighty big promises in that subtitle. Sadly, it doesn't quite deliver for me. The opening line of the book was certainly promising, and I was all set to hunker down and enjoy the read. Now, I will say that the book is well written for the most part. The writing is crisp and sharp, and this one could've been at least close to the promise in the subtitle had it not been dragged out quite so far. But it is what it is, and the longer this one went on, the less I wanted to keep pushing through. My biggest problem is that the plot has been done and done again, and it was way too predictable - and yes, that includes what I'm assuming is supposed to be the 'breathtaking twist.' Honestly, I think I would've enjoyed that twist more had I not been looking for it, but since I was looking for it, I just wound up disappointed. The author does give us some interesting characters in this one. None of them likable, but they are interesting in that looking at a train wreck sort of way. In the end, this one was more domestic drama than anything else. I didn't get that sense of tension or urgency due to the predictability of it, so I can't really say that I felt any real suspense or thrills. It's just too bad that the rest of the book didn't live up to the terrific opening line.
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    Great story!

    Twists and turns right to the end makes this story highly readable. A great read!
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    A Wonderful Thriller Début

    Some Days Are Dark was so good it was difficult to believe it was a thriller début. Olivia Miller is married to Frank, her loving husband and the couple have an adorable little boy, Jake, as well as a beautiful new home. Yet Olivia is not content; she never feels good enough, she has no one to talk to and often wonders if the grass is greener... Olivia leaves Frank for thrill-seeking, adventure-loving Dane, but then Dane is found murdered in their home - and Olivia is the prime suspect. But somebody else confesses to Dane's killing. The story alternates between before and after Dane's murder and exposes Olivia's relationships with her first husband Frank, and then Dane, her second. Wonderfully addictive and engrossing, I read Some Days Are Dark in one go. Miranda Smith's writing is assured, the tension is taut throughout, and the pace never flagged at all. A fantastic read from a brilliant author I'm delighted to have discovered. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Bookouture via NetGalley at my request, and this review is my own unbiased opinion.
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    2.5 Stars

    This story, it was...something else. Some Days Are Dark is a twisty, domestic suspense relying heavily on plot points seen a million times. Readers will quickly and easily intuit the relationship between the three main characters and will likely feel underwhelmed by the story overall. Yes, there are a couple mildly surprising twists near the end, but again, it's all been done so many times before, I felt no spark of excitement while reading. Further, nothing felt fleshed out or expanded upon...chunks of plot were doled out in little tidbits, but I felt we never really got to the heart of the matter. I loathed the character Olivia. She was a thoughtless, vaguely ignorant airhead, who couldn't responsibly care for a dog yet alone a child. As a mother of two myself, I found her character to be incredibly abhorrent. Bottom Line: Although I liked the story line it was rather confusing switching back and forth...hard to keep it straight. It was a little long and drawn out too. Overall, a very average, not at all unique, story.
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    pages fly by

    From the cover of Some Days are Dark to the last page, I loved this book. .4.5 stars for me Olivia's husband is found murdered and she is glad he is dead. The police not so much and guess who the prime suspect is. The book is told in the before and after. At the beginning of the book I didnt like Olivia at all but as the pages turned I became her biggest supporter. I did not guess the ending; twists turns and more murder await you in a fantastic read. Don't miss this one. Thanks to Net Galley and Bookoutre for a very intriguing read.

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