Thursday 30 May 2013

Book ~ "Into the Dark" (2013) Rick Mofina

From Goodreads ~ The sole survivor of a heartbreaking family tragedy…

Claire Bowen, a haunted psychologist, devotes her life to helping troubled women rebuild theirs. But her dream of a family with her new husband, Robert, a pilot and local hero, begins to crumble as disturbing revelations from his past emerge.

And a grieving cop who lures a killer from the shadows…

Detective Joe Tanner, struggling to overcome his wife's death while raising their little girl alone, heads the task force formed to stop the monster who has resurfaced with a chilling message.

Race the clock in a life-and-death struggle to save the next victim…

In the wake of five cold-case murders across Los Angeles, one of Claire's most promising patients vanishes. Gut instinct tells Tanner the truth is within his grasp, while Claire is torn between guilt and terror over what's to come. As time runs out, both are pulled deeper and deeper into an unspeakable darkness.

Claire is a psychologist who is married to Robert, a pilot.  Claire really wants to have a baby and is ready to start treatments to make it happen.  Robert has been acting strange lately, though, which makes Claire wonder what's wrong ... she suspects he might be having an affair with his ex-wife.

It's the tenth anniversary of the first of five murders of which the killer has never been found.  Police officer Joe Tanner approaches reporter Mark Harding to do a story to see if anything comes out of it, which he does.  This wakes something up in the murderer and he has to kill again.  Amber, one of Claire's patients disappears ... was Amber's estranged husband or the murderer who took her and is she still alive?

This is the first book I've read by this author and I enjoyed it.  I liked the writing style ... it was well-paced and kept me wanting to read more to see what was going to happen.  You find out right away who the murderer is and it's interesting to follow along to see how they maintain normalcy, why they are the way they are and what eventually happens to them.  As a head's up, the language and activity at times is for mature readers.

I liked the characters.  Claire is devoted to helping abused women ... her mother had been killed by her abusive father (who then killed himself) when Claire was a child.  Robert is honoured as a hero ... he rescued a woman and her baby from a burning car.  Claire has a close circle of friends including Julie.  Joe is still grieving the loss of his wife to cancer (he plays a video of her on his phone whenever he needs comforting) and is being a good dad to his young daughter.

I would recommend this book!

1 comment:

Masshole Mommy said...

Thanks for the awesome review.