In the Darkness by Mike Omer

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Published June 25th 2019

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I received In the Darkness from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

When I read the blurb on NetGalley for In the Darkness I completely missed that it’s a second in a series. I’m so glad I wasn’t paying attention to that because if I had I might have skipped over this book.

Zoe Bentley is such a great character with her love for her sister, her misunderstandings of basic behavior even though she specializes in it, and her apparently beakish nose. I’m definitely interested in reading the first book as the series is called Zoe Bentley Mystery.

Tatum was sometimes really annoying. But when I look at his behavior after I’ve finished the book I can understand completely why he was so ticked off. However, I’m still in favor with his grandpa’s opinion: you’re acting like a child. I mainly feel this way because he held a grudge against Zoe for something she said and apologized for. I dislike grudges generally. Yet like I said he improves when you think about exactly what is was she technically accused him of.

Tatum’s grandfather is an important character for comedic relief and moving along the emotional storyline. His antics and voice are entertaining and kept me interested in the world back “home.” I loved the feud between the cat and the fish.

With Zoe’s sister I was glad that she came across as cautious, but not overly fearful. Zoe is just about a basket case when it comes to her sister. Can’t say I blame her, but I also can’t blame her sister for being fed up with it. I was surprised by the turn Rod Glover took toward the end in this book. I’m also curious to see what will happen with that situation in the next book.

Some sections came across a little forced such as the early banter between Tatum and Zoe. This got better as it went along. One section that kind of made me laugh but also made me think “why” was a section in which a witness has chronic hiccups. It’s funny, but I was also wondering if it would somehow come into play by a hiccup being recorded on the burial video or something equally odd and far-fetched. Spoiler, this didn’t happen.

I also enjoyed the Shrodinger angle as many serial killers are either exceptionally smart or like to believe that they are this smart. Using a well-known name from physics was a nice touch to add depth. And with hindsight it does technically hint at the killer, but I didn’t notice it before the big reveal.

I was surprised about who the killer was which is an important note when reading a police procedural/ mystery. I’ve also found that this type of book isn’t quite like an Agatha Christie where the reader is given all the information and has to find the killer based on it, rather it is a trickle of information that slowly fills in the puzzle but not in time (dun dun dunn!!!) I enjoy both types of mystery. It also fulfills my need for a less taxing read while not being drivel. It’s kind of like reading a Bones episode.

Something to keep in mind is that most of the issues I pointed out I didn’t notice while I was reading. They required further thought and came out while I was writing this review. While I was reading I was fully immersed in the story and the characters which is a huge bonus for me.

I would recommend this for people who enjoy police procedural shows, books and movies. I also think most mystery lovers can enjoy this and can challenge themselves to discover the killer before it is revealed.

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