Saturday, December 2, 2017

After the Dark by Cynthia Eden

Author: Cynthia Eden
Publisher: Harelquin
Date of publication: March 2017

Former FBI agent Samantha Dark was one of the most respected profilers in the bureau, an expert on the twisted minds and dark hearts of the most depraved criminals. But when her own former lover turned out to be the serial killer she was hunting, Samantha's career was destroyed. Blamed for the FBI's failure on the complex case, Samantha fled Washington, DC, for the quiet anonymity of Alabama. 
Now an all-too-familiar killer is hunting once again. She can catch the sadistic assassin, but that means putting her trust in her former partner, Blake Gamble. Ex-military, Blake is tough, protective, precise. With her entire life on the brink, she knows he wants her back in the FBI…and possibly more. 
But someone else wants her, too. A threat is waiting in the dark, a killer who has set his sights on the ultimate trophy victim—Samantha.

After the Dark is the first in the latest series by Cynthia Eden.  I've only read one other book by her, but after reading this one, I know I am ready to read more.  In the story, Samantha was blamed for a botched serial killer arrest and was forced to resign after finding out a close friend was the actual serial killer.  Now she is living in her hometown when the killings have started up again.

This was a fairly solid mystery. You do go in kind of having an idea of what is going on, but there are a few twists.  The story moves at a fairly fast pace not really letting up until the end.  It is a bit romance heavy, so readers who don't like romantic suspense may not enjoy that aspect of the book.  For me, I loved it.  Samantha and Blake were great together and it was nice not to have a lot of angst in that aspect of the book.  

The next book in the series, Before the Dawn, is already out.  I look forward to reading it.

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