Title: That Darkness

Author: Lisa Black

Rating: 3 stars

Reviewer: Jennifer

An interesting read but something was missing.

Maggie Gardiner is a forensic investigator and Jack Renner a detective for the Cleveland Police Department. From the beginning the reader knows that Jack is a killer. He’s taking criminals off the streets his way … he’s murdering them … because he doesn’t feel that the justice system is working. What we don’t know is his motivation behind these killings. Maggie Gardiner is collecting samples from the crime scenes of Jack’s killings and becomes obsessed with figuring out what is happening.

What I liked about the book ~

  1. The story was interesting and kept me turning the pages. I was engrossed enough in Jack’s actions to want to know the why. That question is answered and I found it believable.
  2. It made me think about vigilantes. Are they right? Or are they wrong?

What I didn’t like about the book ~

  1. Maggie. She’s a forensic investigator but she played the part of detective. That’s not her job! Characters in books not qualified to investigate a crime has become a big thing for me lately. I can’t stand it! Take your concerns to the professionals trained to handle such matters. These characters get in trouble every time!
  2. There wasn’t a great deal of character development. I don’t feel like I got to know Maggie and Jack very well. Ms. Black tells us the why behind Jack’s actions I would have liked to know more about that.

This is the first book in a new series so there are some unanswered questions left hanging at the end of this book. I’m curious enough that I’ll probably read the next one because I want to know what comes next. I hope book 2 will start with a little more on Maggie and Jack.

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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