Monday, March 30, 2020

Book Review and GIVEAWAY: The Darkness We Hide, by Debra Webb - 5 winners, ends 4/6

Guest review by: Becki Bayley

“You questioned her,“ Billy argued. “What else did you want to know? I’m certain she’ll answer whatever other questions you have. I’m just trying to figure out what else you could possibly want to ask.”

Pryor’s face darkened. Now he was the one pissed. “Are you serious? He shook his head. “Obviously, Chief, you don’t understand how this works. DuPont is more than a mere pawn in Addington’s game. She is the game”

“Why don’t you explain what you believe that means?” Billy suggested. “Because I have a feeling that it means something entirely different to me.”

“Apparently,” Pryor said, emphasizing the word, “your personal relationship is adversely affecting your ability to be objective.”

Billy laughed. “Why don’t you stop beating around the bush and just say whatever it is you have to say, Pryor. You’re dancing all around it, and I’m here to tell you I’m not going to say it for you.”

This was what he wanted. He wanted Billy to say the words suggesting Rowan was somehow a part of what Addington was doing. No way in hell he was going down that path. The man was out of his mind.

“This all started with her,“ Pryor said.


While this was the third book in The Undertaker’s Daughter series and had a fairly intricate case of characters, I was able to follow along despite having not read the previous two books.

Official synopsis:
Book Review: The Darkness We Hide, by Debra Webb
For months, Doctor Rowan Dupont has been staring death in the face. It followed her back to her hometown of Winchester, Tennessee, ten months ago, cloaking the walls of her family’s Victorian funeral home like a shroud. In investigating the mysterious deaths of her loved ones, Rowan has unearthed enough family secrets to bury everything she’d previously thought true. But each shocking discovery has only led to more bodies and more questions; the rabbit hole is deeper than she ever imagined.

Despite settling in to a comfortable life with Police Chief Billy Brannigan, Rowan knows dangerous serial killer Julian Addington is still out there. She can’t let her guard down now. Not when she’s this close to ending his torment once and for all. But with a storm brewing on the horizon, she’ll get only one shot before the impending darkness takes hold, threatening to wipe away every truth she’s uncovered—and everything she holds dear.


What a story! Rowan DuPont is the only member of her family left after her twin sister and both parents had come to tragic ends before this book starts. She and her boyfriend (the chief of the local police department) are now still trying to figure out the convoluted story of her family and other deaths that all seem to link back to Rowan. We usually found out the mysterious link to Rowan and her family after someone was murdered.

Looking back, there were quite a few characters introduced (usually on their way out), but not knowing them from the previous books didn’t really confuse things. It’s obvious which parts of Rowan’s story could have been covered in the previous two books, but everything we needed to know was explained enough for this, the third book, to be understandable.

Luckily I like a far-fetched story. Because Rowan’s background? Whoa. Overall, I’d still give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars, especially for the creativity of the plot. If I happened across either of the first two books, I wouldn’t mind reading them too. The author’s style was definitely engaging and entertaining (which feels like a weird thing to say in a book mostly based on murders, but oh well).

{click here to pre-order - the book is out tomorrow, March 31st}

Becki Bayley is questioning the necessity of any apparel besides PJs, and the occasional shirt to look presentable during video communications. She misses junk food and still doesn’t like cooking. While she may run low on some supplies, she's still got a case and a half of Cherry Coke. Check out more of her book reviews at SweetlyBSquared.com.

GIVEAWAY:

*Five* of my lucky readers will win a copy of The Darkness We Hide!

Enter via the widget below. Giveaway will end on Monday, April 6th, at 11:59pm EST, and winners will be notified via email, and have 24 hours to respond, or an alternate winner(s) will be chosen.

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