I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Darkness We Hide by Debra Webb
Series: The Undertaker's Daughter #3
Published by MIRA on March 31, 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Murder, Mystery, Serial Killers, Suspense
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In the thrilling conclusion to The Undertaker’s Daughter series, THE DARKNESS WE HIDE, Doctor Rowan Dupont has been staring death in the face for so long, she’s willing to meet it for the secrets it holds. Death has followed her back to her hometown of Winchester, Tennessee, ten months ago, cloaking the walls of her family’s Victorian funeral home like a shroud. In investigating the mysterious deaths of her loved ones, Rowan has unearthed enough family secrets to bury everything she’d previously thought true. But each shocking discovery has only led to more bodies and more questions; the rabbit hole is deeper than she ever imagined.
Despite settling into a comfortable life with Police Chief Billy Brannigan, Rowan knows dangerous serial killer Julian Addington is still out there. She can’t let her guard down now. Not when she’s this close to ending it once and for all. But with a storm brewing on the horizon, she’ll get only one shot before the impending darkness takes hold, threatening to wipe away every truth she’s uncovered—and everything she holds dear.
I didn’t realize that The Darkness We Hide was the finale in the Undertaker’s Daughter trilogy when I read the blurb and decided to read it for this blog tour. Debra Webb did a fantastic job of catching me up to speed with the previous two installments so I knew what I’d missed. Dr. Rowan Dupont had left her job with the Nashville police and returned to her family’s funeral home almost a year prior to this book after her father was murdered at the hands of a twisted serial killer that Rowan knew as who she thought was a friend. Julian Addington has continued to toy with her even though the police and FBI have tried to track him down for months.
Rowan’s running her family’s funeral home and serving as the undertaker, trying to live a normal life with her childhood best friend Billy, who also happens to be the chief of police of their small town of Winchester, Tennessee. While their relationship has blossomed into something romantic, Rowan is waiting for Julian to take away everyone she loves before he takes her life, and Billy is at the top of the list. As she digs deeper into her mother’s past, who committed suicide when Rowan was just a tween, Rowan uncovers more secrets and lies than she knows what to do with. These clues lead her and Billy into much more dangerous territory–physical and emotional–than she’s ever faced.
I really enjoyed Rowan as a character. She was loyal, caring, and she really put those she loved first. She does have some big abandonment issues to face, and that leads to cold feet when it comes to commitment with Billy. The supporting characters in The Darkness We Hide were well fleshed out and unique, and I didn’t have a hard time remember who was who.
I give The Darkness We Hide a 4.5 out of 5. I think I would have been more invested in the final twist if I’d read the entire series, but it was still exciting and effective nonetheless. The small town Tennessee setting lent an air of claustrophobia at times, but also a cozy familiarity as well. The pacing was nice throughout, and the suspense definitely built until everything explodes near the end. I really enjoyed the epilogue. Everything wrapped up neatly.
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About Debra Webb
Debra Webb is the award-winning, USA Today bestselling author of more than 130 novels, including reader favorites the Faces of Evil, the Colby Agency, and the Shades of Death series. With more than four million books sold in numerous languages and countries, Debra’s love of storytelling goes back to her childhood on a farm in Alabama. Visit Debra at www.DebraWebb.com or write to her at PO Box 176, Madison, AL 35758.
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