It's hard to recognize the devil when his hand is on your shoulder. That's because a psychopath is just a person before he becomes a headline... Psychopaths have preferences for Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts coffee, denim or linen, Dickens or... well, you get the point.
Ex-FBI agent Brigid Quinn has seen more than her share of psychopaths. She is ready to put all that behind her, building a new life in Tucson with a husband, friends, and some nice quiet work as a private investigator. Sure, she could still kill a man half her age, but she now gets her martial arts practice by teaching self-defense at a women's shelter. But sometimes it isn't that simple.
When her sister-in-law dies, Brigid take in her 17-year-old niece Gemma-Kate. There has always been something unsettling about Gemma-Kate, but family is family. Which is fine, until Gemma-Kate starts taking an unhealthy interest in dissecting the local wildlife. Meanwhile, Brigid agrees to help a local couple by investigating the death of their son - which also turns out not to be that simple. Her house isn't the sanctuary it used to be, and new dangers - including murder - seem to lurk everywhere. Brigid starts to wonder if there is anyone she can trust, or if the devil has simply moved closer to home.
Becky Masterman's Fear the Darkness is the masterful follow-up to the Edgar Award and CWA Gold Dagger finalist Rage Against the Dying.
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Masterman Does It Again
I chose Rage Against the Dying (the first book in the series) on a whim. I loved the narrator, Judy Kaye, who read the Sue Grafton's Alphabet mysteries. I enjoyed the first Brigid Quinn mystery and was looking so forward to the 2nd. When I found out there was a different narrator, I was disappointed but because I enjoyed the story; I gave it a try. Even better than the first. Suzanne Toren does a marvelous job narrating this story. She gives life to each character, and the story is wonderful. Brigid is a "retired" agent trying to settle down but something or someone always keeps her in the game. At first the details seem so wide apart that you think there is no way everything can be related. Once again, Masterman does a splendid job weaving a story web of twists. I truly didn't see it coming. Looking forward to the 3rd in the series.
Humor - Brigid (through the narrator) just makes you crack up constantly. As hard as she tries, she will always have her career as a part of her life.
All were splendid. She gives life to each one. Brigid and Mallory were definitely my favorites. She does a great job differentiating between them.
Who Can You Trust? Brigid's niece comes to live with her after her ailing mother dies. Like Brigid, Gemma Kate is definitely a Quinn to the bone. Is Brigid going crazy or is GK a psychopathic nut job?
The narrator deserves so much of the credit in these books. They truly make the Audible experience enjoyable.
- J. Ashley
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