This Week's Favorite Read: Hands of Darkness by Heather James

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Although thrillers aren’t usually my favorite genre, I do occasionally enjoy them. Last year I found a new to me author, and I really enjoyed her thriller novel. So I was excited to see the second book in series come up for review.

Last year I read and reviewed Unholy Hunger by Heather James. It was a psychological thriller about a lawyer – Evelyn Barrett- who had lost her daughter to a pedophile. Evelyn ends up on the trail of her daughter’s killer with a police detective- Thatcher.

Hands of Darkness (Lure of the Serpent)Hands of Darkness continues Evelyn’s story. As it opens she is due with her second child. But it doesn’t prevent her from becoming a consultant to Thatcher with whom she worked to search for the pedophile who killed her daughter in the first book. This time she’s helping with an investigation to find a serial killer.

I continue to like Evelyn’s sarcastic tone and dry sense of humor. She’s a great character. As in the other book, she narrates most of the story with occasional glimpses into the mind and thoughts of the killer.

Like Unholy Hunger, this is a really dark book. The subject matter is difficult to read about. And any time that I take a look at the mind of a killer, it’s a dark place. But the book is a very compelling read. I grabbed on at the beginning and didn’t want to stop until I knew how it would come out.

I give this one 5 stars and an R rating for content.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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