Maggie Gardiner leads a quiet life, doing fingerprint analysis and occasional forensic work at crime scenes for the Cleveland Police Department. But when the body of an unidentified young girl and some unusual trace evidence end up in her case load, Maggie begins to wonder if maybe she’s stumbled across a serial killer working his way through the seedier side of Cleveland’s residents.
As a homicide detective, Jack Renner spends his days working to solve the mysteries of those whose last breaths have been taken in Cleveland, but his nights are spent in other endeavors. When their paths cross while working a case, Maggie and Jack must decide whether or not they can trust each other, or if that darkness surrounding them will be too much to overcome.
Well, this one certainly was a page turner. Full of tension and twists, with a not-so-subtle undercurrent of darkness, and moral questions that you believe you know the answers to until someone really makes you think about them, That Darkness made for a crazy ride. The story contained a decent amount of detail, but moved along swiftly enough, with enough ups and downs and turns, that I could never have been bored or distracted.
And the characters were well-rounded – Maggie was nice, but not sweet; liked, but not adored; attractive, but not defined by her looks; intelligent, but still able to question herself; in other words, more real than not. And Jack? Well, let’s just say that he is definitely multi-faceted.
I love a good crime novel, and That Darkness more than fits the bill. If you’re a fan of Kathy Reichs or Patricia Cornwell, you’d no doubt like Lisa Black. Grab a copy today, hunker down, and enjoy the show. You won’t regret it.
Many thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for the free copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂