Review: Pitch Dark by Alex Grayson & A.M. Wilson


Note: This ARC was provided by the authors via L. Woods PR in exchange for an honest review.

Pitch Dark is a standalone psychological thriller slash dark romance and was co-written by authors A.M. Wilson and Alex Grayson. Between the two authors, I've only read one novel from Grayson while Wilson is new to me. These two melded their writing talents together rather well, weaving a story that isn't easy to read, what with events in the story that are potential triggers for some readers. It is, indeed, dark, but there is a glimmer of light--of hope--in this book, one that comes about as we get to know the main characters--Niko James and Jane Doe--as well as Niko's history with Aislin Mathers, the girl who became his best friend and later the young woman he fell in love with before she disappeared and never heard from again. Niko may not have been able to save Aislin from the person who took and killed her. No one listened when he insisted she had been taken and didn't simply run away. But with the discovery of Jane Doe, maybe Fate has thrown this police detective a bone--a one of a kind opportunity to right wrongs and help Doe get the justice that eluded his Aislin, and this time, no one can stop him.

This is one of those books that may not be palatable to every kind of romance reader. Nothing about what Doe goes through while in captivity is sugarcoated, but then with stories like this, it shouldn't be, nor should it be skimmed over. It's part of what makes a reader understand on a deeper level the torment the main character had to endure, allowing her to later on be seen as a survivor rather than a victim. Doe was like a young fawn who was finding her footing in this new world she was thrust upon, and my heart went out to her. Niko, because of everything he faced after Aislin disappeared, has matured into a bitter and angry man, but that event in his life also led him to become enter law enforcement. I'm not going into the finer details of the story itself because it is a mystery novel apart from being a romance, and part of the thrill of reading a mystery is figuring out who did what and why. What I will say is that there are twists in this story, with the biggest being one that I had niggling in my head (all thanks to the amateur conspiracy theorist in me). Overall, Pitch Dark was a well-written 4.5-starred read. ♥

Release Date: 15 September 2017

Date Read: 15 September 2017

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