Thursday, February 10, 2022

Dark Truths

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Synopsis (from Amazon):  Is a serial killer walking the quiet streets of Angel Falls?

Small-town Sheriff Jonas Clearwater is suddenly responsible for investigating his best friend’s death. Preliminary observations suggest the successful true-crime novelist Cecil Howard could have died from a drug overdose or suicide. Jonas is racked with guilt wondering if he could have prevented the tragedy.

On the night Cecil dies, Jonas comes face-to-face with author Peyton Patel, a woman with whom he’d had a brief encounter and never expected to see again but couldn’t get her out of his mind. Why was she there, and what does she know about Cecil’s death?

Months earlier in a chance meeting on a lonely night, an instant attraction had ignited between them, but both were hurting from personal tragedies and the timing wasn’t right. Peyton had just buried her beloved grandfather, and Jonas learned that his father has a fatal illness.

Soon, it becomes evident that someone was trying to silence Cecil before he could expose the facts about the brutal murders of three women in New Mexico.

This time Peyton’s life is in danger, and Jonas realizes his feelings for her are real. Now, he’s in a race with time to keep Peyton from becoming the next victim.

Will the fire that’s been smoldering between them burst into flames again?

One (or more) Sentence Summary:  The overall story and trying to figure out the killer was a good plot. I did figure out who it was very early on and that is not like me, usually it has to be spelled out in front of me. I like the characters and would like to see if the earlier books in the series introduces them and their background. You do NOT have to read the other books first as this is also a stand alone read.

What I didn't care for is some of the writing style. At times I felt there were sentences or a paragraph that would have been in a book for fourth graders. It reminded me of reading a Bobbsey Twin book. Other times, the write was fantastic. I am not sure if that is because it was written by two authors? A lot sentences just seemed out of place for this type of novel.

Would I read another book in the Angel Falls series - yes I would. The story kept me engaged and wanting to read more.

Charlene Tess and Judi Thompson combined their two last names into a pseudonym when they began writing romantic suspense novels as a team. They also write contemporary romance novels as Annie Curtis. Judi Thompson is a novelist and a retired supervisor for special education at a local school district. She lives with her husband Roger in Texas. Charlene Tess is a writing teacher and a novelist. She also writes educational materials and is the author of the Simple Steps to Sentence Sense series of grammar workbooks. She lives with her husband Jerry in Colorado.


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