Darkness Follows by Emerald O’Brien (Review by Stephenee – #NerdGirlSteph)


Title: Darkness Follows 

Author: Emerald O’Brien

Published Date: May 8th 2014

Genre: New Adult Mystery


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What if the hiding spot you escape to becomes more dangerous than the place you ran from?

Aurina Patrick is an ambitious young woman, whose only mistake was letting someone get too close. The day she is brought into the police department for questioning, her life changes forever. When Aurina discovers that someone she trusts has involved her in a series of murder investigations, her sister Ryanne joins her in a search for the truth. As the situation unravels, the Patrick sisters realize their lives could be in jeopardy. 

When the sisters are taken to a remote location, the struggle for safety truly begins.
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***Stephenee – #NerdGirlSteph Review***
This was an amazing debut novel by a promising new author, and I look forward to reading more of her books especially the next book about these two sisters!  The ending of this book was great on one hand but on another it makes the reader scream out loud in frustration about how it ended.  Hurry up book 2!!

This book was a real attention grabber from the very first page.  The plot twists keep you on your toes and has you guessing throughout the book and O’Brien’s writing style draws you in. It flows so seamlessly there is never a spot where the reader wants to stop for a break, the night or until the next chapter.  I found myself racing through the novel wanting to know what would happen next and wondering how it all would end. I was torn between wanting and needing to know what was going to happen next. At times I thought it was going in one direction, and it ended up going somewhere completely different, which is a great thing in a book today. So many books have become predictable but this one was anything but.

I enjoyed the banter between the characters, especially the sisters Aurina and Ryanne.  It was believable and reminded me of how sister’s would talk to one another.  The men in the book were described so well that I had a clear picture of them in my mind and when the author described the cities, towns and lakes I could see myself there with the characters. The picture was painted so clearly by the author that I could envision it in my mind.  I really enjoyed the secrets that came out and how the author didn’t throw a bunch of characters into the book who didn’t need to be there. She was really amazing at the way they all blended into the story.

The author is Canadian and uses that as her setting and while that didn’t bother me at all, some people may not enjoy the authentic spelling of some words, such as gunna (gonna), the police ranks are different than in the US and just minor details such as this.  I enjoyed the entire story as it was a true reflection of the author and the way life is in Canada, and this made it much more fun for me as a reader.

Make sure you add this fast paced mystery to your TBR list and leave plenty of time to read it as you won’t want to stop once you start.  Happy Reading, or in this case Happy Mystery Solving. Enjoy ~


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