Darkness by Karen Robards

Posted March 29, 2016 by Rosette in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Darkness by Karen RobardsDarkness by Karen Robards
Also by this author: Shattered
Published by Gallery Books on March 29, 2016
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
ISBN: 1476766592

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BOOM. That’s the sound that changes everything for Dr. Gina Sullivan, a renowned ornithologist on a group research grant trip on the remote island of Attu, Alaska. When an everyday outing turns sinister at the onset of one of Attu’s infamous storms, Gina expects thunder and lightning—but what she doesn’t see coming is the small jet plane that drops out of the sky and into the water mere feet from her boat. Even more unprecedented: there’s a sole survivor from the crash, and he needs Gina’s help. But it turns out that rescuing the stranger and getting them both out of the oncoming storm is just the beginning. Because the more Gina learns about James “Cal” Callahan, he of brooding eyes and muscled frame, the more she fears—for herself, and for him.

Cal has made a career of trading on government secrets and emerging unscathed—until a routine pickup goes horribly wrong and lands him in ice-cold water. Literally. He knows the plane crash was no accident and that there could very well be an enemy force currently combing the Alaskan island ensuring there were no survivors. Now if only the arrestingly beautiful bird-watcher with the clear-blue gaze would stop watching him, well, like a hawk. Cal convinces Gina to return to base camp and help him covertly get off the island. But when Gina makes it safely back to camp and finds her entire team murdered, all bets are off, and as darkness envelops the island, she must decide: trust a man she barely knows, or go it alone and risk running straight into the arms of a killer?

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Rosette’s Review

xoxo review bannerYou really can’t go wrong with a Karen Robards novel. Her writing flows so well and she can describe a cold winter so well you get chills even laying in bed, whilst snuggled up in your heating blanket.  The desolate Island of Attu is  frigid, windy and foggy. The waters surrounding it can be dangerously cold.  Dr. Gina Sullivan, a renowned ornithologist, is on a boat when she observes a jet coming towards her as it crash lands into the waters. the only known survivor is a man, Cal,  that she does not entirely trust, but has saved numerous times after pulling him out of the freezing water.  He is hypothermic, and unprepared for the hostile temperatures of Attu. With a bleeding and injured Cal in tow, Gina tries to find them shelter, but he insists that she does not contact any of her colleagues and he won’t give her reasons as to why.

I very much enjoyed the beginnings of their story, their determination to stay alive and the trust that eventually develops between them. She has her secrets and he has his, and while the danger mounts, they share bits of themselves to help the other cope and to try and minimize the danger they find themselves in with talks of the their past. In the darkness of the caves, that level of trust blossoms into something more.

In a thriller, everything happens quickly, and so I can understand the expeditious attachment they have for each other. I expected the ending to be a little longer with a bit more detail of how things turned out. I was slightly disappointed in the end having hoped for just something more with their relationship. An epilogue, perhaps would have been nice. But I do admit to loving how she concluded the book with the last sentence. It was very apropos and best described how they were when they were together. All in all is was a terrific read, and I welcome readers to one-click and enjoy!

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About Karen Robards

Karen was born in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. She has been writing since she was very young, and was first published nationally in the December 1973 Reader’s Digest. She sold her first romance novel, ISLAND FLAME, when she was 24. It was published by Leisure Books in 1981 and is still in print. After that, she dropped out of law school to pursue her writing career. Today she is a regular on the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists, among others, and is the winner of six Affaire de Coeur Silver Pen Awards for favorite romance author, as well as numerous other awards. She writes thrillers, romantic suspense and historical romances. Her work has been translated into more than seventeen languages.

Karen lives in her native Louisville with her husband, Doug Robards, and their three sons. She says: “I read, I write, and I chauffeur children,” she says with a laugh. “That’s my life.”

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