Book Review: The House of Dark Shadows

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 THE HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS

Alex Rommel, a debonair Charleston playboy, is skeptical about
online dating. When he encounters an old college buddy by chance, he learns his
friend has found love over the internet. Tormented by demons from his past, a
contentious land deal, the memories of the woman he loved, and his sexually insatiable
secretary, Alex wades into the shadowy world of internet dating only to find
the woman of his dreams—a French freelance journalist, Hope. Just when he
thinks he has found true happiness, Alex’s relationship takes a mysterious
turn, and he finds himself immersed in Hope’s world—one plagued by a nagging
mother, lies, and drama. As pressures mount in the relationship and in his
business dealings, Alex, torn between love and reality, finds himself questioning
Hope’s motivations. As the sinister web of deceit and danger slowly begins to
envelop him, Alex frantically searches for the truth. Not knowing who to trust or
believe and with time running out, Alex must summon the courage to face the
truth before the doors close and he is locked in the house of dark shadows
forever.
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Robert “Digger” Cartwright is the author of several mystery stories, teleplays, and novels including The Versailles Conspiracy, a modern day political thriller, and Murder at the Ocean Forest, a traditional mystery novel set in the 1940s. Mr. Cartwright is also a noted industrialist, investor, and director of several private companies.  In
the business realm, he has contributed to a number of articles on a
wide range of financial, strategic planning, and policy topics and is
the contributing author of several finance/economic books. He frequently contributes articles, commentaries, and editorials for the private think tank, Thinking Outside the Boxe. He divides his time between Washington, D.C., South Carolina, and Florida.

MY REVIEW

This is the first of Cartwright’s books I’ve read but it will probably not be the last. From page one you already have questions to why Alex is the way he is. And with each turn of the page you are faced with more and more questions. Cartwright entangles a web of clues through the story that you pick up but some of these clues are not really clues. Giving you ideas that it will go one way and then the other. But then just to have it go the third way you didn’t think of. The book is a face paced but in a good way. It isn’t slow and dragging but it doesn’t rush through everything to where you feel disconnected with no time to enjoy the characters. The story is well written and a very addicting page turner. You will want to be sure you have a full empty afternoon to sit down with this book because you will want to finish it when you start it with no interruptions and also you will probably want to reread it after you finish it. Every time you read this book you will get lost in the web and pick up on new things you didn’t catch the first time. Just to have the story end the same way but your mind questioning that it would have ended differently again. A wonderful and recommended read.
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