All the Colors of the Dark (Hardcover)

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ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK is -one of the very best books in years...possibly decades for me.  I haven't been so moved by a novel since THE KITE RUNNER, and that's not hyperbole.  What begins as a taut thriller of a boy who is kidnapped and the search his best friend embarks upon to find him evolves into an emotional bildungsroman about how these two characters grow up, each of them puppets of fate.  Where their paths lead is the majority of the book, with a killer suspenseful ending that took my breath away...and then made me cry.  It's utterly beautiful and humanistic.  Whitaker obviously loves these characters as much as the reader does, and you can tell he is ripped apart by their trauma.  It reads a bit like THE GOLDFINCH meets TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD meet SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, but I thought it was remarkably coherent and achingly, lyrically, beautifully written.  Easily one of the best books of the year, and probably of the decade.  I cannot praise it enough!

— From Bill recommends

From the New York Times bestselling author of We Begin at the End comes a soaring thriller and an epic love story that spans decades.

"Impeccably crafted, deeply emotional, entirely shattering. I was captivated from page one." ―Bonnie Garmus, New York Times bestselling author of Lessons in Chemistry

1975 is a time of change in America. The Vietnam War is ending. Muhammad Ali is fighting Joe Frazier. And in the small town of Monta Clare, Missouri, girls are disappearing.

When the daughter of a wealthy family is targeted, the most unlikely hero emerges—Patch, a local boy, who saves the girl, and, in doing so, leaves heartache in his wake.

Patch and those who love him soon discover that the line between triumph and tragedy has never been finer. And that their search for answers will lead them to truths that could mean losing one another.

A missing person mystery, a serial killer thriller, a love story, a unique twist on each, Chris Whitaker has written a novel about what lurks in the shadows of obsession, and the blinding light of hope.
Chris Whitaker is the award-winning author of Tall Oaks, All the Wicked Girls, and the New York Times bestseller We Begin at the End. Chris lives in the UK.
Product Details ISBN: 9780593798874
ISBN-10: 0593798872
Publisher: Crown
Publication Date: June 25th, 2024
Pages: 608
Language: English
“This book hits like a sledgehammer. Equal parts harrowing and triumphant, Chris Whitaker's novel is a haunting story of America, alternating between its twin strands of violence and love. An absolutely must-read novel.”—Gillian Flynn

“Chris Whitaker kept me frantically turning the pages and somehow made me cry at the end. . . . Brava!”—Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Engrossing, heartbreaking and uplifting in equal measure—I’ve never read anything quite like it. This book will stay with you for a very long time.”—Lucy Foley, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Apartment

“Chris Whitaker’s latest novel is a book to lose yourself in. . . . [T]his sprawling crime novel transcends its genre to become something epic in scope, haunting, and ultimately deeply moving.”―Alex Michaelides, bestselling author of The Silent Patient and The Fury

All the Colors of the Dark is mesmerizing and intoxicating. Chris Whitaker is a poet who will leave you in breathless awe and suspense. Amazing. Haunting. Unforgettable.”—Patricia Cornwell

“Taut, beguiling, and suspenseful, All the Colors of the Dark reveals the depth of a town’s loss when a young boy goes missing under dubious circumstances.”—Nita Prose, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Maid and The Mystery Guest
All the Colors of the Dark is epic in every sense of the word: time, scope, skill, and love. It’s a crime novel with a huge beating heart and some of the best characters I’ve ever passed my time with.”—Abigail Dean, author of Girl A

All the Colors of the Dark is a stunning book. Ambitious, epic in scale yet strangely intimate . . . Simply incredible.”—M.W. Craven, author of the Sunday Times bestseller The Botanist

“A masterclass in storytelling.”—Mari Hannah, author of the Ryan and O’Neil thrillers and the Stone and Oliver series

“Vast, yearning, and luminous.”—Vaseem Khan, bestselling author of the Malabar House series

“Stunning, simply stunning. I cannot remember the last time a book sucked me in and didn't let me out of its clutches like this did. Truly exceptional.”—John Marrs, author of the bestselling What Lies Between Us and When You Disappeared

“An absolutely astonishing achievement. It could actually be the best book that I’ve ever read. And I’ve read fucking LOADS. A stunning, bewitching, beautiful novel.”—Adam Simcox, author of The Generation Killer

“Achingly beautiful writing and a compelling, page-turning story . . . One of my favourite books of the year.”—Andrea Mara, author of the Sunday Times bestseller All Her Fault

“Crime, but not as you know it.”—Anna Mazzola, author of The House of Whispers