Darkest Night by Jenny O’Brien #bookreview

A DEAD WOMAN. AN IMPOSSIBLE CRIME.

Christine De Bertrand wakes up to her worst nightmare: rather than the man she went to bed with, lying beside her is her housemate, Nikki – dead. With no memory of the night before, Christine can’t explain what happened, and the police are baffled.

For DC Gaby Darin, newly arrived from Swansea after her last case ended in tragedy, it’s a mystery she’s determined to solve. When another woman goes missing, Gaby faces a race against time to uncover the link between the two victims and find the man who vanished from Christine’s bedroom. But as Gaby gets close, the killer gets closer – and soon one of Gaby’s own team is in unimaginable danger…

My thoughts on Darkest Night

Darkest Night is one of those books that, one paper, is everything I want to read. A perfect mix of police procedural and psychological thriller. In practice, however, it didn’t quite hit the mark for me.

The main reason? The relationship between DC Gaby Darin and Rusty, the local Pathologist. It drove me absolutely potty (just what it was doing to Gaby in the book). One minute they were getting on, the next they weren’t. But there was no rhyme or reason to it, and the premise, that they both maybe liked each other more than they cared to admit, just didn’t feel right.

Other than that, I actually enjoyed it.  It had a great opening that drew me in and plenty of unreliable characters to keep me guessing. Some of that weren’t as fully-formed as I’d have liked, but a lot of books in this genre are guilty of the same thing so I don’t judge Darkest Night too harshly for it. I also liked Gaby. She’s the type of female lead I enjoy reading about.  A nice, complicated back-story and a need to prove herself. It always makes for a few sparks to keep the reader interested.

Would I recommend it? Yes, despite the Gaby / Rusty relationship.  Will I be reading the next book in the series? Possibly – I’ll wait to see just how many more books are on my shelves when it comes out 😊.

Enjoy!

Emma x  

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