Blog Tour Review: Going Dark, Melissa de la Cruz

Title: Going Dark
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Genre: Young Adult Thriller
Publishing Date: February 7, 2023

About the Book

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz comes a ripped-from-the-headlines new adult mystery about all the missing girls who fall off the radar…   


The Influencer
Amelia Ashley shares everything with her followers – her favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurants, her best fashion tips, and her European trip-of-a-lifetime with her hot boyfriend.

The Boyfriend
Josh has no choice but to return home without Amelia after she abandons him in Rome. He has no clue where she went or how her blood got in his suitcase. Why won’t anyone believe him?

The Hacker
To Harper Delgado, Amelia Ashley is just another missing white girl whipping up a media frenzy. But with each digital knot she untangles about the influencer, Harper wonders: who is Amelia Ashley?

The Other Girl
Two years ago, another girl went missing, one who never made headlines or had a trending hashtag.

The Truth
Amelia’s disappearance has captured the world’s attention. What comes next? Watch this space…

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About the Author

Melissa de la Cruz is the #1 New York Times, #1 Publisher’s Weekly and #1 IndieBound bestselling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for readers of all ages. Many of her more than fifty books have also topped USA TodayWall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times bestseller lists and been published in over twenty countries.

De la Cruz’s novel, The Isle of the Lost, the prequel to the Disney Channel Original Movie Descendants, spent more than fifty weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, fifteen at #1, and has over a million copies in print. Descendants starring Kristen Chenoweth and Dove Cameron was the #1 cable TV movie of 2015, and #5 of all time, and its soundtrack the #1 bestselling album on iTunes. The series’ subsequent books, Return to the Isle of the Lost and Rise of the Isle of the Lost, were also New York Times bestsellers for many weeks.    

De la Cruz is also known for the Blue Bloods series (with three million copies in print), and the Witches of East End series. Her recent book releases include New York Times bestsellers The Queen’s Assassin and the Alex & Eliza seriesas well as the graphic novel Gotham High and The Birthday Girl.   Her next release is her upcoming middle grade series launch, Never After, publishing December 2020.

De la Cruz’s Hallmark Christmas movies, Christmas in Angel Falls and Pride Prejudice and Mistletoe (based on her novel), were both the top-rated movies for their Christmas season on the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. 29 Dates, her YA novel about a Korean exchange student, will soon be a feature-length movie on Disney’s streaming service, Disney+.

Melissa is also the founder and principal of Melissa de la Cruz Studio at Disney Publishing, which will create and package books in every genre and age range but with a focus on middle grade and young adult, from a diverse group of new and established writers that will appeal to all the platforms across the Disney company for a global audience. The projects will reflect Melissa’s humor and taste and range from adventure, romance and fantasy to contemporary stories.

Melissa de la Cruz is the co-director of YALLFEST (Charleston, SC) and the co-founder of YALLWEST (Santa Monica, CA), the two largest and most vibrant young adult book festivals in the country, attracting more than 30,000 readers every year.

Melissa de la Cruz grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. At Columbia University, she majored in art history and English. She lives in West Hollywood with her husband and daughter.

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My Thoughts

When Josh returns home alone after a trip to Rome with his girlfriend Amelia, questions arise immediately. Why would he return home alone? Why is it life as usual amidst his girlfriend’s disappearance? No one is speaking up, at first. But then, once her disappearance is brought to light, a frenzy is born. It is in this frenzy that the storyline unfolds.

I loved this one. I liked the alternating timelines and perspectives. There were diary entries to help further the storyline. At first, their introduction was a bit vague, yet they added another element to this already perplexing story.

Randomly, I incredibly appreciated the line, “You don’t need to wait twenty-four hours or whatever to report a missing person.” So many books and shows still include this pet peeve of mine, and I cheered on the author for busting that myth.

I apologize for the vague review, but I feel it’s best not to spoil anything for future readers. Going Dark unfolds in a unique way that keeps the reader on their toes. I love a good mystery, and this had so many elements I didn’t want to put it down.

Favorite Quotes

“Josh couldn’t help but feel like he was losing control, and the thought of losing control made him angrier than he wanted to appear.”

“There was no proof that she was missing, she was just… gone. That was different!”

“He wanted to shut up, but his ego would not let him. It was his fatal flaw.”

“There was something about a towering pine that made a person feel small, insignificant, a blip in the great expanse of time it took for the tree to grow from a sapling into the giants looming over her.”

“Is this what love is? Making things? Mom packing me lunch, Dad making spring rolls, playing hide-and-seek with Sissy outside?”

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