Monday, June 11, 2012

Chasing Darkness

The most dangerous place to hide is in the dark...

A tough special-agent with the Department of Justice, and a dedicated single mother to her orphaned nephews, Samantha Chase is unbreakable. Until two women, both from the shadows of Sam’s past, are discovered strangled. For Sam, the most unnerving detail is the eucalyptus branch tucked behind the victims’ ears—the signature of a notorious serial murder already convicted and executed for his crimes.

To detective Nick Thomas, the only link to the copycat killings is Sam herself. And when she becomes the target of threats—each one more menacing than the last—his feelings for her just might jeopardize the case. But to understand the killer’s twisted motive is to explore Sam’s past—and a crime she’s spent a lifetime trying to bury...

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Danielle Girard does an amazing job at bringing her readers into the thick of a crime scene. Chasing Darkness, newly republished as an e-book, investigates the motives of a copy cat killer while equally introducing Samantha Chase's life and haunted past. 

Samantha Chase's character is determined, tough, scared, vulnerable, hard, and a great cop. Her mixture of characteristics and flaws make her real to the reader. The murder cases that this novel revolves around connects readers to Samantha's past. The victims being people Chase tried to prosecute in earlier years of her career. The narrator is omniscient and gives readers exactly what the character's are thinking which allows bonds to be formed almost instantly. 

Readers will learn of Samantha's rough childhood, how she became a mom, how she handled her divorce, and what makes her the woman she is. The most amazing thing is that Girard tells the story in such a way that everyone gets a voice, even if they aren't the main characters. The narrator doesn't even need to be describing them, because the characters comment on each other. They share information with the reader without giving away the story line.  

And the story line was great. The plot wasn't predictable. Girard didn't rush through everything, which created a little downtime and places to pause, but kept the reader intrigued. It was like she allowed readers to pause so they could consider what would happen next. Only to continue reading and feel the surprise. Over and over. 

However, I'd have to recommend the in-print version, rather than the e-book version due to the few mistakes that I spotted throughout reading. 

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rating: 3/5 cups

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