Genres: Mystery Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Minotaur Books
Released on November 14, 2017
After the first book thrilled and chilled me with its gritty, twisting suspenseful introduction, I was more than ready to buckle up and ride out book two, hoping it would hold more of the same for me.
A Darkness Absolute returned to the town of Rockton with a new situation to be tackled, but relies on the reader to have gotten the books in order when it jumps into a rush of a first scene with no introductory explanation.
Eric has flown to the city for supplies leaving Casey and Will in charge. She’s antsy to prove her stuff as a cop still. So, against orders, Casey and Will charge into the wilderness of the Yukon’s rugged weather and landscape to bring back the guy who did a runner. Bad goes to worse and after some harrowing experiences they stumble into a cave for shelter and stumble across something truly horrific pointing to the fact that the already zany hidden town of Rockton has a serial killer. Eric and Casey continue to work on their relationship as a couple when both have struggles from their past and need to take things carefully even as they also have to figure out quickly who captures women and hides them away before they strike again. Is it a crazed person living in the wild or one of the outlying settlements? Or, is it one of their own? The Council isn’t helping and soon prove to have been interfering and manipulating the residents more than ever. Val, their rep in town, is actively hostile and Casey is determined to know what she has against Eric. Narrow escapes show the killer might be targeting Casey and outsmarting them all.
This story doesn’t have the job of introducing Rockton and the surrounding world or characters, but it continues to paint in the setting and situation focusing on the psychological aspect of who would do the atrocities they are investigating. Casey’s curiosity about so much also has her studying up on the wild, feral people in the woods as well as a few smaller mysteries around the town. The relationship between she and the woman who betrayed her in the last book gets a look in and a goodly amount of development occurs in her relationship with Eric and also between him and his past life.
I enjoyed exploring all the plot paths and of course, following as they worked on the main mystery. Though, in a rare bit of insight, I figured out the who, the how, and even the why not far in. I couldn’t tell you what tipped me off other than opportunity and a few casual things. Casey was gutsy and skated the edge of some stupid moves, but she also had a good mind and was steadily working to have the skills for her new life and job that I could totally get behind. She didn’t cause undo drama in her new relationship with Eric when he was vulnerable about her abandoning him and needing a solid commitment from her. They are a great couple and I loved seeing them grow and have each other’s backs. Doesn’t hurt that they’re heating up the cold, dark nights.
Yes, all around it was another exciting, twisting, dark suspenseful installment that read quickly and left me wanting more. Those who enjoy a bit more bite to their romantic suspenses and like survival type situations should definitely give these a go.
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