Book Tour & GIVEAWAY: ‘Darkroom’ by Joshua Graham


by Joshua Graham

Howard Books

Pub. Date:   May 1, 2012

Book received from: Publisher via Pump Up Your Book! Tours


When photojournalist Xandra Carrick visits Vietnam with her father, a returning war veteran, to deliver her mother’s ashes to her homeland, she begins a journey to discover the truth behind her parents’ beginnings.  What she discovers is far darker and more secret than she ever could have imagined.  While developing photos in her darkroom, she begins to see ghostly images appear in the negatives, leading her to solve a missing persons case.  The question is: are her visions connected to her father’s mysterious life, or simply a gift she must learn to use?  As she comes to terms with her supernatural ability, she becomes entwined in a web of deceit, political espionage, and a string of murders.

The first two-thirds of Darkroom drew me in and were very compelling and intense as the story drew connections between several different narrators- some decades apart.  The interwoven storylines, along with the mystery and ghostly visions created an intriguing and different kind of thriller that kept me wondering what the next page would uncover in the deepening plot.

Unfortunately, the last part of the book lost me completely.  When Xandra happens upon a strict Mennonite order during her trip to California, the plot takes an unexpected plummet into the extremely over the top side of thrillers.  A hitman, car chases, bullet wounds, bringing in innocent people.  It all was just too much crammed into the ending considering the pace of the first part of the book.  Even with the absurdities aside, the sudden insertion of Christianity was completely unexpected on my part.  (Upon further research, I now see the Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, is a Christian publisher… live and learn.)  With only the casual reference to god or religion in the beginning, the end became a singular mission to preach the author’s religious viewpoint.  I have nothing against this, but it was entirely unexpected on my part and the story suffered for me because of it.

All that being said, Darkroom is a decent thriller- especially the first part.  I enjoyed the many different viewpoints, and was able to connect with nearly every character.  There is also quite a bit of interesting information about the Vietnam War and the aftermath, giving a deeper look into the effects it has had across generations.  Graham is able to weave together personal story lines and make them easily identifiable and complex, while never losing sight of how the characters are connected to the overarching story.  For me, all this did not save the book in the end, but I am certain  many Christian thriller readers will enjoy this one quite a lot.  This is definitely a book that I enjoyed parts of and disliked others, but worth the read if it sounds of interest to you.


Howard Books has generously offered a copy of ‘Darkroom’ for one lucky reader.  To be entered, simply leave a meaningful comment below with your e-mail address in the comment.  
Must be at least 15-years-old and live in the US.  I will pick a winner by random June 24, 2012.


Check out the entire blog tour calendar.

‘Darkroom’ can be purchased at, as well as your local independent bookseller.

For more about Joshua Graham, go to his website here.

9 thoughts on “Book Tour & GIVEAWAY: ‘Darkroom’ by Joshua Graham

  1. If there were a god, he or she should smite these pesky theists who draw in the innocent only to pounce upon them without warning. Sounds like a good read gone awry due to the author’s secret agenda.

  2. Thanks for this amazing giveaway! This book sounds great and I would love to win it! I am fascinated by ghosts and psychic abilities and I love this story idea of seeing ghosts in the negatives of pictures! I can’t wait to read it!

    susanw28 (at) mindspring (dot) com

  3. I haven’t read a thriler in awhile, and would love to read the Darkroom since I’m always a fan of novels that use multiple point-of-views! It also sounds like a great suspenseful read…and the paranormal aspect sounds interesting.

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