I blogged a couple of weeks ago about my best reads for 2013 and hinted at #1 being announced later.
Well, it’s later.
This post happens to coincide with a blog tour being run by the author (Vanessa Skye) and Publisher (The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House) to celebrate the release of the second book in Vanessa’s ‘Edge of Darkness’ series, Broken.
So, without further ado, let’s commence our week of crime, cops and murder and delve into this Edge of Darkness week.
Synopsis: While exploring darkness in others, be careful not to expose your own.
That’s what Chicago detective Alicia Raymond discovers when she’s assigned to investigate the gruesome torture and murder of a middle-aged trucker with a horrible secret.
Before she can get a lead on one crime, however, the bodies start piling up and Alicia, better known as Berg, finds herself the unexpected target of the very same legal system she has dedicated her life to.
While simultaneously under attack from a formidable past, an enemy that seems to know too much, and a conniving killer, Berg is forced to confront her own darkness: her obsessive need to track down killers at the expense of everything else in her life; her increasing craving for violence just to feel normal; and her potentially devastating feelings for her partner, the charming and handsome Detective Inspector Jay O’Loughlin.
The more Berg works her original case, the more she learns about the sheer viciousness of the trucker’s past, and the more she questions if his murderer should even be punished by a justice system that only seems determined to free the guilty. When she also finds herself sympathizing with a sadistic butcher exacting revenge for a decades-old crime, she realizes the most dangerous secret of all might just be her own state of mind.
While Berg struggles with her morality, a killer is determined to recruit her and use her for a devastating end game.
As Berg’s carefully constructed life falls apart and she struggles to maintain a grip on reality, she faces a choice: surrender to the evil inside or finally acknowledge the brutal past she would rather bury.
The Enemy Inside is the first in the Edge of Darkness series, which challenges the concept of justice, asks if vengeance sometimes justifies murder, and explores whether you can ever heal from a broken past.
Bookish things: Approx 323 pages in length and covered by that gritty, yet totally awesome cover. The Enemy Inside is a brilliantly presented book that will keep you guessing right till the end.
It seems I am on a bit of a crime, mystery, thriller spree at the moment. Totally unintentional, but totally awesome so far.
The Enemy Inside is a brilliant story. It has likable, real and flawed characters. This was probably the best aspect. I loved that there was no Hollywood-ising of them. They had fantastic good qualities and some pretty intense bad ones, it was like reading about real people, not just characters in a book.
Berg (our female lead) was fiercely strong and pigheaded with her police investigations. Yet in the next breath vulnerable and struggling to cope with her inner demons. So realistic.
Her partner Jay, the guy who has screwed every woman in a 10 block radius of the precinct (except berg) was surprisingly easy to like.
The two made a great team of detectives and forged their way towards solving the grisly murders that kept cropping up as the story progressed.
Again, this book showcased some amazing insights into the forensic detail on a crime scene and the procedural processes for handling a murder.
Where this might put some off, the grisly murders, while not overtly graphic they are discussed in detail. There are some events including sodomy and rape and abuse of women. As well as a quick peek into the D/s lifestyle but only for a little bit.
The ending was great. I had picked up on some of the clues but not all. It was a mind blowing experience to see how the whole thing came together.
If you want to try your hand at a serial killer cop drama, pick up The Enemy Inside today! You won’t regret it.
Keep an eye out for some more interesting posts about The Edge of Darkness series including a guest post by Vanessa herself.