I was really quite excited when this one arrived on my kindle. The final instalment of the Undertaker’s Daughter series where Doctor Rowan Dupont has been staring death in the face. It followed her back to her hometown of Winchester, Tennessee, ten months ago, cloaking the walls of her family’s Victorian funeral home like a shroud. In investigating the mysterious deaths of her loved ones, Rowan has unearthed enough family secrets to bury everything she’d previously thought true. But each shocking discovery has only led to more bodies and more questions; the rabbit hole is deeper than she ever imagined.
Despite settling in to a comfortable life with Police Chief Billy Brannigan, Rowan knows dangerous serial killer Julian Addington is still out there. She can’t let her guard down now. Not when she’s this close to ending his torment once and for all. But with a storm brewing on the horizon, she’ll get only one shot before the impending darkness takes hold, threatening to wipe away every truth she’s uncovered—and everything she holds dear.
My biggest issue with The Darkness We Hide is the amount of repetition of the story from books one and two. I realise that there will be people that pick this book up who haven’t invested in the earlier books and that in order to bring them up to speed there is an element of rehashing the events to date needed. But I have read them – and remembered the story quite well – and found myself resenting the constant recaps of the career of serial killer Julian Addington and the continued assessment of Rowan’s mothers mental health. If this had been pared back a bit it may have been a more satisfying read.
When the conclusion to the story does come it feels rushed and insubstantial. It’s not a bad ending by any means and quite a surprising one in some respects but the build up was such a long time coming that it lost a lot of its power. Like a TV series with two too many episodes before the grand denouement.
Supplied by Net Galley and Harlequin MIRA in exchange for an honest review.
UK publication date: Mar 31 2020. 352 pages
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