Today I am thrilled to be bringing you my review on its publication day for Darkest Night by Jenny O’Brien published by HQ Digital. Happy publication day Jenny.
Darkest Night by Jenny O’Brien
(Previously published as Stabbed in Wales)
Release Date: 17th of July 2020
Print Length: 263 pages
Genre: Crime Thriller
Publisher: HQ Digital
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DS Gaby Darin has a puzzle on her hands, a puzzle that defies explanation.
Christine de Bertrand certainly got more than she was expecting from the casual hook-up after a night celebrating the anniversary of her divorce. Arrested at the scene she has no explanation or alibi. She also has no one on her side apart from her ex-husband.
She’s as confounded as everyone else as to the unexplained presence of the dead body in her bed – the dead body of a woman when she’s positive she went to bed with a man…
After throughly enjoying the first book in the series, Silent Cry, I was eagerly awaiting this second instalment. When I saw it was available to request from NetGalley, I was like the road runner and was tripping over myself rushing over there to request a copy. To say I was beyond thrilled when I was approved is a massive understatement!
Darkest Night has DS Gaby Darin embroiled in a puzzling case that sees Christine de Bertrand accused of murder when a one night stand results in a dead body. The mystery being that she went to bed with a male and the dead body she wakes up to is a female! Intriguing huh? You bet it is and you will just have to read it to see what happens next!
The character of Gaby is quickly becoming a firm favourite of mine and she really does shine through the pages. Her relatability is what makes her so appealing and she does a great job at carrying the story on her shoulders. The supporting characters are also an asset to the story and play out the roles they have given perfectly.
Once again Jenny had me caught in a story that I could not put down and just reiterates why I love reading so much. Although this is only my second book by herself, the quality of her work really is just outstanding. They way she is able to draw you into these worlds that she creates really is such a testament to her writing and brilliant storytelling.
So, how does the addition of Darkest Night stack up in the series you ask? Well, I am pleased to say that Jenny has created another smashing read and wholeheartedly delivers on this book and them some. It is intense, gripping and is chocked full of action, mystery and suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Jenny really is an exciting new author to me and I am so glad that her work was recommended to myself.
To wrap up, Darkest Night can be read as a standalone but I really do encourage you to read Silent Cry first. It is a fantastic introduction to Gaby and the series and I guarantee that you will not be disappointed. As I finish this review, I will now be impatiently waiting for the third instalment. It was my absolute pleasure to be able to read and review Darkest Night which I highly recommend.
Thank you to NetGalley, HQ Digital and Jenny O’Brien for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Darkest Night which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know Jenny
I took up writing about fifteen years ago when I first came up with a plot for a book, and I haven’t stopped since. When I’m not writing, I’m ferrying around 3 teenagers or working as a nurse. I’m also an all-year-round sea swimmer. I write what I love to read, which is romance and thrillers. My children’s books will hopefully be of some use, particularly Boy Brainy which is perma-free and written to raise self-esteem.
I’m currently working on Book Three in my Detective Darin police procedural (Books 1 & 2 available to order/pre-order on Amazon). In Book 3 there’s a serial killer on the loose…
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