After the Dark by Cynthia Eden
Release Date: March 28th, 2017
Genre: Romantic Suspense
After the Dark from Cynthia Eden is now available now!
Four months after being fired from the FBI and retreating to her hometown of Fairhope, Alabama, former special agent Samantha Dark is still learning to enjoy the peaceful anonymity of small-town life. Her confidence shaken, Samantha avoids contact with others. After all, when monsters live in plain sight, it’s hard to trust anyone. But when her former partner, Agent Blake Gamble, the ultimate good guy and someone who’s always believed in her, comes to town seeking her help with his latest case, Samantha is torn. Her fabled instincts let her down once before, when the killer who ruined her career got away under her watch, and there are no guarantees they won’t again.
But Blake doesn’t believe in ever giving up…especially when it comes to Samantha. While they could never pursue their mutual attraction before, when they were partners, now there’s nothing standing in their way…except the specter of known serial killer Cameron Latham. Cameron always claimed he and Samantha both had a darkness within that connected them…until Blake came into her life. Samantha knows that darkness is real—that it’s what allows her to penetrate the minds of sadistic killers. The last thing Samantha could bear, however, is to reveal her dark side to Blake and have him recoil from her. Blake wants to prove to Samantha that he can handle all her secrets—she just needs to trust him. But Samantha learned to be careful about whom to trust. Those close to you can turn on you in an instant…
Blake’s current case turns out to be the work of a copycat killer—a psycho pupil of Cameron’s who is seeking vengeance for his former master by planning to kill Samantha. But it serves as a catalyst for something more venomous—a reason for Cameron himself to reemerge, deadlier than ever. The last person Cameron wants harmed is Samantha. He’s more interested in eliminating perceived rival Blake for good.
Two deadly killers are after them, but Blake and Samantha know every monster has a weakness. It’s just a matter of finding who it is before it’s too late…
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Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***
“…I can profile the killers because I look at a situation and I see how they can attack. I see—too easily—how they can pick the victims. I see what they are… And I fear what I am.”
After the Dark is a crime thriller that for a Criminal Minds addict like me was a must read. As soon as I see “FBI Profiler” I’m on it and After the Dark didn’t disappoint. There was a little romance thrown in to lighten the story but this was first and foremost a crime thriller and I couldn’t put it down.
“…If you live in the dark long enough, you wonder what the light might be like… I’ll tell you the truth, though. The light is boring as fuck. It’s much better to stay in the dark.”
Samantha Dark was heralded as the best criminal profiler that the FBI had ever seen, she was a consummate professional and was never wrong. Admired and respected her career in the FBI was going well…until it wasn’t.
Cameron Latham was Samantha’s best friend and intermittent fuck buddy, but little did she know that her best friend and confidante would be the one to bring her down and destroy her career. The man that Samantha had relied on for years harboured many secrets, none more so shocking than the fact he was a serial killer himself and Samantha didn’t realise until it was too late.
Blake Gamble is Samantha’s former partner at the FBI, these two had always had a close relationship but had never crossed the line, even though both of them wanted to. It was their relationship that had tipped Cameron over the edge and now he was back and he wasn’t alone.
“What the fuck do I have to do...” Blake rasped, “in order for you to finally trust me?”
This was a classic case of the profiler becoming the profiled, the predator becoming the target and it was a battle of who knew the other better. Cameron was intelligent, he was a doctor and he knew Samantha better than anyone, but Samantha is a formidable opponent, but how many lives would perish in this battle?
“…You can’t trust killers, no matter how personal you think your relationship is to them. They’re like snakes. They’ll bite the hand that feeds them and never think twice.”
Cynthia Eden kept that suspense and intrigue running throughout and this was definitely a battle of minds. The pace is fast but not frenetic and the speed in which this story unravels did a fantastic job of ramping up your adrenaline as you frantically turn page after page. I do feel that Cynthia Eden must be a Criminal Minds addict like myself because the attention to detail at times was like reflecting on scenes on my favourite TV programme and I loved getting an insight into how Samantha Dark draws her profiles from the most innocuous of evidence. This was a fantastic read for me and I cannot wait to see what happens to Samantha next.
About the Author:
Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World and IndieReader bestseller. Cynthia is also a three-time finalist for the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA® Award. Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over fifty novels and novellas. Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast.
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