No Darker Place (Shades of Death #1) by Debra Webb
ISBN: 9780778319832 (paperback)
ISBN: 9781460396476 (eBook)
ASIN: B01HB9Q6GY (Kindle edition)
Publication Date: February 28, 2017
They want revenge. They need each other.
Detective Bobbie Gentry has one objective: to stop the serial killer who robbed her of her husband, her child and her life. Nick Shade understands Bobbie’s pain and her desire for vengeance. He’s on a mission of his own, and the murderer known as the Storyteller is next on his list. Nick knows that the best way to find his target is to stick close to Bobbie. But as she becomes more and more reckless in her attempts to lure the Storyteller out of hiding, he has to make a choice. Will he protect her from herself even if it means passing up the chance to take out one more monster? As for Bobbie, she’s forced to decide just how much she can trust this stranger who knows so much about her. And both of them are about to learn whether or not two broken people can save each other.
Bobbie Gentry is grateful to be back working as a police detective. She has survived the murder of her husband, the accidental death of her son, and the torture and mutilation suffered at the hands of a serial killer. The only thing she’s looking forward to is finding the man known as the Storyteller and obtain revenge for the loss of her family. Little does she know she’s going to get the chance to do just that. Nick Shade has spent the past ten years of his life studying serial killers and hunting them down. He doesn’t work for any governmental agency nor is he affiliated with any police force. Because he doesn’t have to adhere to the rules and regulations governing law enforcement agents, he can often work outside of those rules and regulations to track killers down and bring them to justice. Nick is also on the trail of the Storyteller and is willing to help Bobbie in any way he can to see that this killer doesn’t have the opportunity to kill again. Both Bobbie and Nick have secrets that they’re keeping from one another. Can they work together in order to save lives? Can they trust one another in order to save each other before it’s too late?
No Darker Place is the first book in the new Shades of Death series by Debra Webb and this book packs quite a punch. Ms. Webb has provided two primary characters that are deeply flawed yet realistic in their presentation. The bad guy is also deeply flawed and oh-so-easy to loathe and despise. Bobbie and Nick are surrounded by law enforcement rules that put things in a black or white perspective, yet they know that the criminal world operates in shades of gray. Both Bobbie and Nick are willing to enter those shades of gray in an effort to see that justice is served, no matter what. No Darker Place deals with some horrific themes, such as serial killing, rape, torture, mutilation, child abduction, child abuse, and more. Ms. Webb deals with these themes in a respectful yet realistic manner. I found No Darker Place to be an engrossing read and only set this book aside when forced to deal with a severe migraine headache (and even then I didn’t want to put the book down). No Darker Place is a somewhat dark read due to the themes presented, but it is a fast-paced read that provides suspense, chills, thrills, and even hints of romance. This was the first book I’ve read by Ms. Webb but it won’t be my last. I’m looking forward to the next installment in the Shades of Death series and while waiting for it, I’ll be reading the prequel to this series, The Blackest Crimson and possibly rereading No Darker Place. For those of you that enjoy mystery or suspense reads, then I encourage you to grab a copy of No Darker Place to read.
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