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Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite
In Whispers in the Dark by Kris Bock, Kilie Hafford is trying to move on and prove herself stronger after a random attack in Boston. Ready to engage in an archaeological dig to complete her advanced degree, Kilie sets up camp in Lost Valley where she is determined to get back to enjoying life. Kilie agrees to go on a date with a charming young man, but is also drawn to the dark, mysterious Park Ranger Danesh, who is fiercely protective of the area. Alone in her camp site at night, Kilie soon becomes involved in mysterious activities that the locals say are spirits. At first, it seems that a man down on his luck living at the camp site may be responsible, but the flickers of light and soft voices continue. Kilie can't help but investigate and learns that one of her beaux is not who he says he is. Will her new-found sense of courage enable her to get herself out of danger, stop the illegal activities taking place in the park, and allow her to accept the love she feels?
Wonderfully detailed scenery and diverse characters combine with a clever, well-defined plot in Whispers in the Dark to create an exciting, hard to put down story. Kris Bock has masterfully utilized the locale - both the actual location and area myths - to add suspense and generate interest. Bock also skillfully utilizes Kilie's past to make her question her experiences at the ruins and in town, so the question is whether she has come far enough to be strong when it counts. Well written and quite enjoyable!