ARC Review: That Darkness by Lisa Black

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Author: Lisa Black
Series: Gardiner and Renner, #1
Genre:  Crime Fiction
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher:  Kensington
ISBN: 1496701887 

Target Audience: Adult

My Rating: Gold_starsGold_starsGold_starsGold_starsGold_stars 

Characters: Maggie Gardiner, Jack Renner, Denny, Patty Wildwood, Rick Gardiner, Riley, Vivianne “Viv” Goldberg

Synopsis: As a forensic investigator for the Cleveland Police Department, Maggie Gardiner has seen her share of Jane Does. The latest is an unidentified female in her early teens, discovered in a local cemetery. More shocking than the girl’s injuries—for Maggie at least—is the fact that no one has reported her missing. She and the detectives assigned to the case (including her cop ex-husband) are determined to follow every lead, run down every scrap of evidence. But the monster they seek is watching each move, closer to them than they could ever imagine.

Jack Renner is a killer. He doesn’t murder because he savors it, or because he believes himself omnipotent, or for any reason other than to make the world a safer place. When he follows the trail of this Jane Doe to a locked room in a small apartment where eighteen teenaged girls are anything but safe, he knows something must be done. But his pursuit of their captor takes an unexpected turn.

Maggie Gardiner finds another body waiting for her in the autopsy room—and a host of questions that will challenge everything she believes about justice, morality, and the true nature of evil …

Review

Written in true crime television style, That Darkness is a gritty look at what it means to be a cop in a system that has long been broken in favor of the criminal. Lisa Black does a stunning job of portraying just how blurry the line between legal justice and moral righteousness can become in a novel that will have readers question what it really means “to protect and serve.”

** This book was provided as an ARC in exchange for honest review. **

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