I received a complimentary copy of A DARK AND SECRET PLACE by Jen Williams as part of a scheduled Let’s Talk Books promotional tour! Thank you to Crooked Lane Books and the author! I also received the ALC from Dreamscape Media and Netgalley!
Rating: 3.5 / 5
A DARK AND SECRET PLACE follows Heather who has returned to her home town after her mother’s unexpected suicide. She is trying to make sense of things from her mother’s past. Heather always felt a bit distanced from her mother though she never knew why.
In cleaning out her mother’s things, Heather locates correspondance with Michael Reave, a serial killer known as the “Red Wolf” who is serving a life sentence for the brutal murder of multiple women. When a body is found which seems eerily similar to the Red Wolf’s victims, the police are reopening the case, but Michael is only willing to talk to Heather. In the hopes of learning more about her mother’s connection, Heather gets involved.
There were a lot of elements that I really enjoyed about this book. I thought the author did a great job of building up some creepy atmosphere. Heather is staying in her mother’s house, but with so many questions leaving her unsettled she is constantly on edge. When she thinks someone has been snooping around, it builds up that tension even more.
Michael is also sufficiently creepy. We are hearing his story back in time in flashback chapters and we’re also hearing him talk to Heather in the present. Triggers for child abuse, animal abuse and violence against women. He prefers to tell stories over giving straight answers to Heather’s questions. These quite creepy fairy tales were one of the highlights for me!
I thought that the audiobook for this was really well done as well. A DARK AND SECRET PLACE is available now!