Dark of Night
by Colleen Coble
January 9-February 3, 2023 Virtual Book Tour
As if the last few months haven’t been hard enough—complete with threats on her life and the return of her first love, Jon—Annie has to figure out whether or not to believe a woman who claims to be her sister, Sarah, who was abducted twenty-four years ago at age five. Annie’s eight-year-old daughter, Kylie, has plenty of questions about what’s going on in her mother’s life—but there are some stones Annie doesn’t want uncovered.
As Annie grapples with how to heal the gulf between her and her would-be sister and make room in her daughter’s life for Jon, she’s professionally distracted by the case of yet another missing hiker in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. A woman named Michelle Fraser has now been abducted, and though the woman’s estranged husband is at the top of their suspect list, Annie and her colleagues will need to dig deeper and determine whether these recent mysteries are truly as unrelated as they seem.
In this second novel of bestselling author Colleen Coble’s latest romantic-suspense series, Annie and Jon must fight for the future—and the family—that could once more be theirs.
This is a novel for readers who like one that focuses more on relationship drama than suspense. There is much more about Annie and her family than there is about her law enforcement work. While there is the mystery of a kidnapping, Annie is not very active in the investigation. Almost all of the suspense happened away from her presence and did not seem to be the focus of the plot.
This is the second book in a series and one should really read the first novel to understand this one. (You can read my review of Edge of Dusk here). Otherwise the first part of the book referencing people and previous events and relationships, especially with her supposed sister, will be confusing. Coble does not provide sufficient backstory early on to comfortably make this a stand along novel.
I appreciated getting to know Annie, Kylie and Jon better as their relationships strengthen. I also appreciated the faith message, subtle through most of the novel but stronger near the end. I am invested in the characters and will be looking for the next in the series.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Published by: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: January 2023
Number of Pages: 352
ISBN: 0785253742 (ISBN13: 9780785253747)
Series: Annie Pederson #2
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)