Review: That Darkness by Lisa Black


That Darkness 
Lisa Black
2016 Kensington

As a forensic investigator for the Cleveland Police Department, Maggie Gardiner has seen her share of Jane Does. The latest is an unidentified female in her early teens, discovered in a local cemetery. More shocking than the girl’s injuries—for Maggie at least—is the fact that no one has reported her missing. She and the detectives assigned to the case (including her cop ex-husband) are determined to follow every lead, run down every scrap of evidence. But the monster they seek is watching each move, closer to them than they could ever imagine.

I wanted a cop procedural and I got that and much more. That Darkness is your standard cop story, with a twist… It’s actually a book about two very different characters, the forensic investigator, Maggie and the tough and respected cop, Jack Renner. Only Jack Renner is not exactly who everyone thinks he is.

First things first, I liked this book a lot and had a great time reading it: it’s fast-paced and entertaining, sometimes even thrilling. I even enjoyed the awkward conversations between the two main characters and felt bad when Jack was about to be discovered. Lisa Black does an amazing job and really makes you feel like you’re one of them, the conversations were realistic and interesting.

The book is filled with detailed descriptions and CSI-like investigations, so it’s not your classic Agatha Christie whodunit. In fact, that was what bothered me the most about That Darkness. Because while I enjoyed the story and was never bored, there wasn’t a mystery nor a surprise, as you always knew who the bad guys were. Unfortunately, that’s the thing I enjoy most about books, so I was expecting something more.

What I love the most about this book was how you could easily see yourself doing what Jack Renner did. He was not a bad man, although he certainly does bad things. But is justice fair? Or should we take matters into our own hands?

All in all, this is a great thriller for fans of noir books (not so much of classic mysteries). It actually makes you think!


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