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Minette Walters
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1 Aug 2008

Something else had happened . . . Something so terrible that she was too frightened to search her memory for it . . .

The newspapers reported the case with relish. Jane (Jinx) Kingsley, fashion photographer and heiress, tries to kill herself after being unceremoniously jilted by her fiancé, who has since disappeared – together with Jinx's best friend Meg Harris . . .

But when Jinx wakes from her coma, she can remember nothing about her alleged suicide attempt. With the help of Dr Alan Protheroe of the Nightingale Clinic, she slowly begins to piece together the fragments of the last few weeks. Then the memories begin to surface . . . memories of utter desperation and absolute terror.

'Violence may well be offered to anyone who tries to part you from this marvellous, dramatically intelligent novel. It shimmers with suspense, ambiguity and a deep, unholy joy' Frances Fyfield, Daily Mail

'Guaranteed to burn the midnight oil' Mike Ripley, Daily Telegraph



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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New edition edition (1 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330343742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330343749
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 439,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Minette Walters is England's bestselling female crime writer. She has won the CWA John Creasey Award for best first crime novel, the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best crime novel published in America and two CWA Gold Daggers for Fiction. Minette Walters lives in Dorset with her husband and two children.

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"The tradition of the English whodunnit has passed into the safe hands and dangerous imagination of Minette Walters." (The Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Minette Walters is England’s bestselling female crime writer. She has won the CWA John Creasey Award for best first crime novel, the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best crime novel published in America and two CWA Gold Daggers for Fiction. Minette lives in Dorset with her husband and two children.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Room 28 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was one of the most gripping thrillers I have read for a long time. I couldn't guess the ending until the last few pages. I would recommend this book (and several other Minette Walters books) to anyone who likes a well written story, not too many characters amd that keep you guessing.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Excellent plot but what a tedious read... 10 Mar 2007
Format:Paperback
This is the second Minette Walters novel I have read, the other being The Shape of Snakes, and I got as little pleasure from this one as I did the first. Good points first: brilliant plotting, and, at one level, a gifted mind at work and a fast pace of action. The book held my attention sufficiently for me to finish the story to discover the perpetrator. But oh dear, the disappointment and tedium of the style and presentation...

I like to get right into the feelings, personalities and subconscious of the main players. I like to get to know the police officers, and victim's family (where applicable) and be able to see and feel what is happening from the chief protagonist's viewpoint. My usual feeling on reading a P D James or Ruth Rendell offering is huge admiration - and sadness at having to say 'goodbye' to characters whom I have got to know so well. I didn't feel I knew any of these 'people' who came over more as literary marionettes whom the author manipulated with admittedly consummate skill. Even worse, I did not care a fig for the described suffering of the players, and couldn't empathise with the 2 chief characters at any level.

I finished the book out of curiosity re the plot's culmination - and there were no farewells to be said. In fact I did not feel that the personalities had been portrayed convincingly enough for us even to have been introduced.

The chapters and sub-sections are in the main fairly short and there is minimum description of environment and character. Most of the individuals are hugely dysfunctional and the language almost universally overstrong for my taste.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and sinister (warlockb@hotmail.com) 15 Nov 2004
Format:Paperback
An early Walters, The Dark Room, is not her best work.
It is, however not a bad book,full of surprizes and turnings.
Surviving the suicide attempt, she wakes up in hospital, with only fractions left of her memories of the last few weeks.
People visit her and all seems to be alright, if it hadn't been for the terror she feels, trying to remember, giving her panic attacks and frightening both relatives and doctors..
Friends visit her and all agree that she is recovering, when she starts to talk about stalkers in the hospital grounds...
Surely this is just imaginations of a troubled mind..?
As she digs deeper into her memories, frightening things turn up and someone, someone bad, waits for the right opportunity to kill her..
I liked the book a lot, as it was full of surprises, it wasn't that easy to find out the thruth, which is good. A skilled writer makes you guess at just the right moment, not before or after.
Walters is such a skilled writer!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Minette Walters manages to do it again in a little known of book. She manages to get inside the heads of her charcters in this book which is crucial to the plot. With so many twists you never predict the ending until you read it. It also has the human desparation factor you feel for Jinx and want her to succeed in her life. Her doctor is probably the most important person in her life and plays a central role but it is the add on characters that create the most intrigue like her father and brother. She has been battered and bruised but the question is why has she been left for dead? If you enjoy not being able to put a book down then this is the book for you.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another favourite by Ms. Walters 26 Feb 2001
By Christine L HALL OF FAME
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Having only just "discovered" Minette Walters a short time ago I'm now ploughing through her books and this was yet another favourite. This story has so many twists and turns and although I guessed who did it on a couple of occasions I also guessed that so many others had done it that in the end it was a surprise. I love Ms. Walters' style of writing, she challenges my way of thinking and she teases her readers. Highly recommendable!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a brilliant book 13 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. Minette Walters keeps you guessing until the end and the twist is amazing. I have read all except her latest book and feel this is the best so far. Minette Walters makes you understand the character and what she is going through, I think the newspaper articles and other items used to help you understand the progress are brilliant. I couldn't put this book down.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars as good as ever 15 April 2012
By jef
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I love Minette Walters' books and this one is as good as any she has written. The intrigue lasts to the very last minute. They are always dark and full of suspense. A book that you don't want to put down until you have finished reading.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD CRIME YARN, BUT TOO LONG 19 Jan 2010
Format:Hardcover
I have read several of Minette Walters's novels and generally I have enjoyed them. This one had a good plot, and like all good crime novels the obvious suspect was not the murderer, but someone who had only just cleared the radar. However, I got dragged down by all those dates in June, and the conversations between the various police forces seemed to be duplicated I had a constant feeling of deja vu with many of the conversations.At times I was not sure if I was re-reading a passage
The novel seemed about 100 pages too long, but I found the characters engaging, and certainly the plot was well constructed, though again at the end I became a little confused as I could not quite see what Jinx was hiding. Overall good read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute read
As always Minette Walters is brilliant. I could not put the book down, loved the characters and would love to see a film of it
Published 2 months ago by LECOMTE NICOLA
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read
I like minette Walters unique style of mixing in newspaper reports. A good read. If you are a fan you will enjoy this read.
Published 6 months ago by Catherine Dyson
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
I have sadly read all of minette Walters books and this one is the second time around. I say sadly because I really really wish there are some new ones as she is a brilliant... Read more
Published 8 months ago by pennyH
4.0 out of 5 stars not bad
Written in 1995 this is not the best Minette Walters that I've ever read. But it's an unusual plot.

Throughout the book you are never quite sure whether the main... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Galning
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
Kept me intrigued all the way - have recommended to friends. Minette Walters has long been a favourite author of mine and I look forward to further reading with her
Published 9 months ago by Barbara I Flynn
5.0 out of 5 stars THE DARK ROOM
THIS IS A VERY LONG BOOK, BUT WAS GRIPPING FROM THE VERY BEGINNING,AND ONLY TOOK ME 3 DAYS TO READ BECAUSE I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. A REAL MINETTE WALTERS MASTERPIECE, AGAIN
Published 15 months ago by gussy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Minette Walters is always brilliant in my eyes, so loved this book. I am always eager for her to bring out more books.
Published 15 months ago by PAL
5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy
Good read real page turner typical Walters book full of twists and turns throughout keeps you on the edge of your seat
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Room
Great story as usual with this author innovative, exciting and always full of the unknown. A compelling and thoroughly enjoyable read. Read more
Published 19 months ago by C. T. Bevan
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
An excellent read. Minette Walters always finds a new and fascinating plot line, and this is no exception. Read more
Published on 9 Mar 2012 by matep
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