Monday, September 30, 2013

Darkness First by James Hayman

The doctor was closing her office up when she notices a young woman standing back in the dark.  When she makes no move to come inside, Emily goes out and brings her in.  She's afraid she's pregnant and wants to abort the baby.  Em is concerned about her bruises and wants to get the cops involved.  The young woman runs and Em runs after her.  When she hears her scream, she runs faster.  As she gets on the park grounds, the killer runs Em down with his car...

Witness Impulse and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this ebook for review (thank you).  It is being published tomorrow, so check with your local bookstore for a copy.

When Maggie's father calls her and invites her to visit for the weekend, he also mentions that Em is in the hospital after being hit by a car.  Maggie's dad won't tell her why he wants to talk and she hasn't visited for a while, so she decides to go and see how Em is doing at the same time.

When she finds out drugs were involved in the case and it was no accident, she asks to be added to the case.  She's part of the police force in Portland, ME, and Em's her good friend.  The detective leading the case isn't sure he wants her, but he agrees to let her be part of the team until Tuesday.

This story would make a great movie.  There's an obvious suspect, a romance between Maggie Savage and her work partner McCabe, her father has cancer and the real killer is totally unknown.  He leaves no forensic evidence, uses a false name and anybody who has contact with him dies.  How do you find a ghost?

The real heroine of the story is Tabitha.  11 years old, fat, and not too pretty, she's the sole survivor of her family and has the pills and money her sister stole.  She doesn't know what was in the package, but when she finds the bad man coming after it, she manages to escape and stays tough.

It's a good mystery with plenty of suspense, terror and tension during the cat and mouse hunt for the drugs.  I really liked this one.  It was an excellent read.

Happy reading.

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