BOOK REVIEW: CHASING DARKNESS
A woman with an anguished past lives through some equally distressing times as she works as a police officer and then as a special agent for the Department of Justice.
Danielle Girard has put together a totally plausible story of child abuse, attempted murders, and real murders in Chasing Darkness. Samantha Chase is the heroine and battles haunting memories and attempts to not only drive her crazy but also to possibly kill her while she searches for a psychopathic killer.
Because of her background in investigating a string of murders that were all tied together by certain pieces of evidence, Chase is believed to be the murderer of a new group of similar murders with like evidence. As she works to clear her name she is also inundated with the problems associated with raising her twin nephews.
The boys were put in her care about eight years ago when their parents and a younger sister were killed in a car wreck.
Helping Chase along with both of her tasks is Nick Thomas, a fellow police officer and coach of her nephew’s baseball team. Chase was divorced prior to taking the boys on as a surrogate mother. The divorce came after failed attempts to keep an unhappy marriage together and because of it she has no intention of getting close to Nick but as the story grows so do their feelings.
Interwoven into the above is the story of a pedophile that has always admired Chase for her ability in solving the cases, which involved child molestation as well as murder. This pedophile plays a major part in the bringing together of all of the parts of this well written book. Descriptions of his feelings toward his victims and even to Chase make the entire story much more believable.
Interestingly written and with limited foul language. Even the events, which are despicable to most minds, were written tastefully and were necessary to the story. A very good read with enough twists especially at the end to make any mystery lover happy.
Although this is the first book I have read by Girard, I am certain I will follow more of her stories as she did a great job in getting my attention and then keeping it throughout the reading.
REVIEWED BY ALLEN HOTT
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