It’s another week in lockdown but that just means another week of good books to devour, to start us off I’m sharing my thoughts on Into Darkness.
They have been judged. The verdict – guilty. The sentence – death.
Two beautiful young women are found strangled, their bodies meticulously washed and groomed. The only thing they have in common – both worked as reporters for local TV stations.
A coincidence? Or something more sinister?
Rookie Special Agent Shannon Ames is assigned to the case and soon impresses with her brilliant intuition and startling ability to think outside the box.
But as Shannon takes a more prominent role in the investigation, she finds herself drawn into a deadly dance with a master of deception, a serial killer whose victims all work in media – journalists, influencers, reporters.
Shannon’s superiors are convinced it’s part of some grand attack on the free press, but she has a hunch these killings are much more targeted. And she follows that hunch – straight into the heart of darkness…
Into Darkness is a gripping mystery thriller that will keep you up all night as it races towards its shocking conclusion. Perfect for fans of David Baldacci, Robert Dugoni and Lisa Regan.
It was hard not to be sucked into this book with an opening chapter like that. Before you know anything else you get a glimpse of what kind of person the antagonist is and that really sets the scene for the rest of the book.
Into Darkness is a thrilling read, the pace was brilliant and of course as it drew nearer to its conclusion it was very difficult to put down. The storyline was intriguing and clever, I liked that I couldn’t figure out what was going to happen next, that it was all unfolding as Special Agent Ames went through it and pieced it together. I also appreciated how relevant it felt to a lot of things that have been happening in the world lately, it does make the story hit home that little bit more.
I actually quite liked how calm Ames was, a lot of the time in procedurals a lot of the angst comes from the person working the case and that really amps up the story but Ames always seemed very in control and in fact for me that made the tension appear tenfold as she started to second guess her own deductions. I liked that her position as a rookie agent made it a bit more difficult for her when she felt like she was working with people who weren’t open to the whole picture before making their minds up about the case.
The relationship between Ames and Caldoza was something I really enjoyed, I liked that he was putting it all out there and she was the more aloof of the two. I would be interested to see how that develops in any future books, and if they would find themselves working together again.
This is my first T.J Brearton book but I am definitely looking forward to seeing what happens with Shannon Ames next.
T.J. Brearton’s books have reached half a million readers around the world and have topped the Amazon charts in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. A graduate of the New York Film Academy in Manhattan, Brearton first worked in film before focusing on novels. His books are visually descriptive with sharp dialog and underdog heroes. When not writing, Brearton does whatever his wife and three children tell him to do. They live happily in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate, New York. Yes, there are bears in the Adirondacks. But it’s really quite beautiful when you’re not running for your life.
T.J. is the author of Dead Gone and many other crime thrillers. INTO DARKNESS will be his first novel published with Inkubator Books.