Book Review: The Dark Place by Mildred Davis

I love shopping at thrift stores. My husband and I recently moved to a new place. We purged so much furniture, we had nothing!! So off to the local thrift store we went.

Wow we found treasures!! I also scooped up some bargain books.

The Dark Place Mildred Davis

The Dark Place by Mildred Davis


It was visitors’ day at the asylum, and a careless nurse forgot to lock the corridor door. Thus Laura escaped. She walked out with the visitors and hitched rides all day. In the evening she reached her brother.

She would have to go back, he told her. “They wouldn’t let you stay here. Remember the little girl…? That’s why we had to send you away.”

But Laura had it all planned….And so it was that the small community got new neighbors. One–her name was Beverly Urey–seemed very kind and obliging. She loved children and considered it a favor when she was allowed to babysit.

Peggy, who lived across the road, didn’t like her at all. Some of the other neighbors thought Miss Urey a bit peculiar. But they had other, more important things to think about: the body of an unidentified woman had been found in the woods.


Holy moly. I thought that I’d  be reading a fluffy, watered down thriller. No. Nope.

This book seriously gave me the creeps. Ms. Davis put me right into the mind of Laura and her psychosis.

It was originally published in 1955. I will definitely buy more of her titles. They may be difficult to find, but I will find them.

Do you buy books from thrift stores? Have you found treasures?

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