Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Dark and Edgy Suspense: Such Dark Things (Review)

A modern day Fatal Attraction meets The Girl on the Train, by New York Times and USA Today bestselling new adult author Courtney Cole, now writing dark psychological suspense under the name Courtney Tate Evans.

From the outside, Dr. Corinne Cabot is living the American dream: a successful ER physician, she is married to a hardworking and handsome psychologist. Together they own a charming house in the Chicago suburbs. But Cabot has a dark personal past and her memory has holes she tries to fill in. Her sleep is ravaged by recurring nightmares of that night when, as a teenager, she found her father standing next to the bodies of two people he had shot dead. It is what she can't remember about that night that utterly haunts her. Her father is still alive in jail for that terrible crime. At times now, despite her success, she fears she is truly unable to determine what is real and what is not. Then she starts to suspect that something is amiss with her husband and realizes that nothing--and no one--in her life is as it appears.
Such Dark Things
Courtney Evan Tate
Pub Date: 3/20/18
Mira Books
Genre: Suspense
Rating: 5/5
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I was introduced to Courtney Evan Tate's brand of dark and edgy when I read Princess, one of her older works as Courtney Cole. I loved it then, and I love it now! I wasn't surprised at the depth and layers she's created to take readers on a dark ride through the lives of a successful couple.

I will forever measure any story that claims to be dark and edgy against Such Dark Things, because this one goes where others won't and still manages to be meaningful and thought-provoking. The story misdirects while leading you to the heart of the novel. The terror and guilt Corrine carries deep, deep in her subconscious haunt her until her nightmares bleed into reality. Nearing the anniversary of a tragedy, that ended with her father in prison, Corinne retreats into herself, straining her marriage while questioning her sanity, and Jude himself has a test of loyalty that could potentially harm their relationship further.

This whirlwind psychological suspense is totally consuming! As the Jude and Corinne's lives spiral out of control the story sucks you further in. Flitting back and forth, from past to present, in both Jude and Corinne's perspective was the perfect way to tell this story. I'm quite surprised with how the secrets and motives of the characters were carefully hidden until the right moment. Some elements of the plot just snuck up on me! It's easy to feed off the emotions of the characters and react to the decisions they make, proving this is a completely engaging read.

Such Dark Things is truly an unputdownable read and I gleefully recommend it for fans of The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Riesz!
*ARC provided in consideration for review*


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