Review- In The Darkness (Zoe Bentley Mystery #2)

In The Darkness (Zoe Bentley Mystery #2)
By: Mike Omer
Release Date: June 25th, 2019
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Series: Zoe Bentley Mystery

Book number two in the series didn’t disappoint me and with strong characters, a twisting plot, the return of the best crazy grandfather ever and a creepy killer to be hunted, well it was easy to finish this book fast.

One thing I struggle with time and time again as I go back to mysteries and thrillers is that the stories feel stale. Like I’ve read it before. Omer not only avoids this but has such a refreshing and well-paced style that I can’t help but fall in love with the story he is telling each time. It’s safe to say that since the second book in the series blew me away I am officially a fan of Mike Omer.

We see the return of Zoe and Tatum as they are now tracking a killer who cruelly kidnaps young women and buries them alive–with a camera broadcasting their panic and eventual death all over the internet.

Being buried alive is a fear of mine (hey, it happened in the past, don’t judge) so I definitely had to take a couple moments each time we saw through Zoe and Tatum’s eyes the videos of the girls as they suffered.

While this case is going on Zoe is still trying to track down someone from her past who can be a real threat in her present life, and to her sister as well. While she’s still focused on stopping the guy burying people alive she has to be on the lookout for the monster she’s met before but hasn’t caught and that added to the tension.

Also, I know I called Marvin sassy and crazy but let’s be honest, other than serving as amazing comedic relief this character kicks ass (literally) and really there’s nothing better than characters who can surprise you.

I’ve been fortunate enough to receive a ARC of book number three in the series, Thicker than Blood, so be on the look out for my review of that as well! I’m so excited to pick this up that I may just take a break from the series I’m currently reading to pick this up. Maybe. I hate doing that but this third book is so tempting.

About author

Brittney Soban

Brittney is a writer, reader and general lover of all things that end up printed on a page. With a few published poems and a lot of unpublished stories and novels she spends her days doing a nine to five job while wishing she was home working on the worlds she loves to create. As “punishment”, her and her brothers were banned from watching television for a week, leading to Brittney deciding that the free books at the library were better than TV and, in a very Matilda fashion, she took home loads of books every day and has never looked back. A reader of all types of literature, she will read practically anything put in front of her as long as something within it, no matter how small, sparks her interest. Give her high fantasy, science fiction, mystery, it doesn’t matter, but her love does lie within the fantasy and YA genres. A series junkie on top of everything else, she picks and chooses when to begin a series based on how many standalone books also await her attention in her to be read pile. Once she starts a series she will read every installment available back to back until she finishes a series or is forced to wait for the next publication. Called a book dragon by her boyfriend, the term is fitting as she owns more books than anything else and is quite sure her obituary will state she died under an avalanche of books. She truly wouldn’t have it any other way.

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