Disclosure. This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free. All opinions are my own.
I have received a free e-copy of the book Her Dark Grave by bestselling author Carolyn Arnold to review. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.
Here is the book blurb.
Her eyes widen at her reflection in the steel blade as it comes closer, closer, closer…
Detective Madison Knight thought a midnight drive through the countryside would help clear her mind, but she thought wrong. Her car runs out of gas, stranding her in the middle of nowhere in pitch darkness. When she gets out to stretch her legs, the beam of her phone’s flashlight lands on a suitcase in the ditch. After she opens it, she’s sorry she did.
Tara Jackson was only twenty-one years old with her entire life ahead of her before she was stabbed to death and stuffed into a piece of luggage. Madison is determined to find her justice and soon uncovers that Tara was keeping secrets from those closest to her and suspects they may have gotten her killed. But while she’s exploring that lead, the body of another young woman is found in a sports equipment bag.
She looks just like Tara and is the same age, and Madison starts to wonder if the killer she’s after has killed before. Desperate, she turns to cold cases and missing person reports to see if she can dig up anything to further the investigation.
Madison finds eighteen-year-old Daphne Tucker, who was reported missing from the area three years ago. She’s a doppelganger to the other victims. Is the reason Daphne hasn’t been heard from because she’s dead too? And has her killer returned, hungry for more blood?
As Madison edges closer to the truth, someone is stalking her from the shadows, and she fears it just may be the twisted, demented killer she’s hunting. But can Madison outsmart him or her before she becomes the next victim?
This is book 12 in the Detective Madison Knight series but works fine as a stand-alone read. I haven’t got round to catching up with the earlier titles yet, but I’ve read books 8-11 and am invested in Madison’s cases.
The prologue pulls the reader in by tantalising you with a flashback to the killer contemplating who will be his first victim.
The story then opens with Madison taking a night-time drive, because she can’t sleep due to ongoing nightmares of the Russian Mafia from an earlier case, but she runs out of both petrol and phone charge. The situation doesn’t help her paranoia and things get even worse when she discovers an abandoned suitcase in the ditch with gruesome contents.
One of forensics identifies the victim from recent media as Tara Jackson. But as Madison and partner Terry interview Tara’s family and friends, it soon becomes evident that Tara had been keeping a secret double life from them. But whilst they follow the leads including chasing after a running boyfriend, another mutilated corpse is discovered in a bag. This young woman looks almost the spitting image of Tara.
Is Tara’s boyfriend the killer? Or might he come up with an alibi?
And someone else is missing too? They need a lead quickly? Can cold cases provide any clues? And will they be in danger themselves?
I also love how the characters are all well developed for colleagues too, as we get fed snippets from theirs and Madison’s lives, which provide continuity between the stories in this series.
This is a real page turner with so many twists and turns.
Her Dark Grave is available on Amazon. An excellent thriller from best-selling author Carolyn Arnold.
About the author
Carolyn Arnold was born in a small Canadian town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower. As an international bestselling and award-winning author, she has several continuing fiction series, including her popular Detective Madison Knight series. She offers readers nearly three dozen published books in genres ranging from crime thrillers and hard-boiled mysteries to cozy mysteries and action adventures. She currently lives north of London, Ontario, with her husband and two beagles.
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