Thursday, August 3, 2017

Book Review: Path into Darkness by Lisa Alber

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Midnight Ink Press via Netgalley, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.

Also taking a spot on History Thursday, this new fiction novel covers a LOT of historical Irish idioms, that can be very perplexing to those unfamiliar with the customs and lore of Ireland!

path into darkness cover


Synopsis:

Lisfenora is known across the British Isles for its yearly matchmaking festival. But a local man’s murder and the grim discovery in his home have cast a somber mood over the town. Detective Sergeant Danny Ahern tries to make sense of the chaotic scene while struggling to set aside moral conflicts and grief for his comatose wife. Within days, he’s plunged into even darker terrain when the investigation leads him on a collision course with the Tate family: troubled Nathan, who conceals secrets within ghastly secrets, and beautiful Zoe, the daughter he abandoned years ago.
As darkness asserts its grip on Nathan, propelling him toward a tragic downfall, Danny finds himself traveling down his own dark path between life and death.

Book Excerpt:

Click on over to the Publisher's page for an excerpt from this book!

Review:

This is book 3 in the County Clare mystery series, and I will definitely be going back to read books 1 and 2! The author does allude to incidents in those books, but doesn't give anything away, just allows how opinions may have changed because of incidents that happened, but not the whys. So you don't feel adrift reading this book at all out of sequence! 

The author really sets the place, by characters use of the aforementioned idioms, and through the character of Merritt, who is the outsider, the reader feels like they are there in the story, getting to know the local community, as she does. But things are not as they seem, as we know, every small village holds its secrets, and when everything starts to come undone, more secrets will be exposed. You may feel like you know who the suspect is, but the author throws in a few red herrings, that might just leave you guessing, and being surprised at the end! This is a perfect Fall read, so make sure it (and the previous books) are on your list!


About the Author:

Lisa Alber (Oregon), recipient of a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, contributed a short story on invitation to Two of the Deadliest (HarperCollins) alongside such notables as Laura Lippman, Dana Stabenow, and Patricia Smiley. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and she won a Walden Fellowship for writing. Lisa is an active member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. Kilmoon, the first in the County Clare Mystery series, was a Rosebud Award finalist for best debut novel. 

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