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Fear the Darkness by Becky Masterman

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The second in a series with an unusual older protagonist, Brigid Quinn, ex-FBI special agent now married to an ex-priest philosophy professor living a quiet life in Tuscon, Arizona. She does a little private investigative work to keep her hand in. When her sister-in-law died she left a sulky teenager whom Brigid takes in. Slowly Brigid is building a new life for herself, acquiring a female friend and joining in community activities. Then her dog gets sick, and so does a bunch of folk after a coffee morning. Even Brigid begins to feel unwell. Years of working on the dark side has coloured her view of life and a strange sense of paranoia sinks in. This is a great series. Read the first, Rage Against the Dying, not that you need to to understand this but you should for pure enjoyment.

If you like Becky Masterman you might also like to read books by Tess Gerritsen, Liz Jensen and Lisa Gardner.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Gillian Flynn, author of the monster hit Gone Girl, adorns the jacket of Becky Masterman’s Fear the Darkness with an enthusiastic endorsement, so attention must be paid – and such previous Masterman books as Rage against the Dying certainly suggest that this new one will justify readers’ time. Ex-FBI agent Brigid Quinn is hoping for a second chance in life, having quit the bureau for what she fondly hopes will be a normal life. ‘No more serial killers’ is her wish, just a pleasant married existence. But when the mother of a teenager who has drowned in a tragic accident turns to her for help, her old skills are called upon again. Which is invariably the case in novels such as this – the past has a long reach. But Becky Masterman keeps the clichés firmly at bay.
~ Barry Forshaw


Fear the Darkness by Becky Masterman

Ex-FBI Agent Brigid Quinn thinks she has a second chance at life. After too many years spent in the company of evil, she's quit the Feds and is working out what normal is meant to feel like. She's swapped serial killers, stakeouts and interrogation for a husband, friends and free time. But when you've walked in darkness for so long, can you stand the light? When a local teenager dies in a tragic drowning accident, the community thinks Brigid might be able to help comfort the family. But when she does so, something doesn't add up. And it's no easier at home: after a bereavement in the family, Brigid has reluctantly taken in her niece to give her a break before she starts college. Brigid's ever-patient husband Carlo tells her they must go easy on Gemma-Kate, the grieving youngster. Which is fine, until she starts taking an unhealthy interest in dissecting the local wildlife. For Brigid, death still seems to be wherever she turns. But as she herself starts to feel unwell, it's her own mortality that is the most troubling. And as she tries to get to the bottom of a series of allegedly accidental deaths and increasingly gruesome occurrences at home, she slowly realises that maybe this time, she's let the darkness inside the only place she ever felt safe. Sometimes, death is closer than you think.


A highly engaging blend of psychological thriller and Miss Marple-like whodunit... Her [Masterman's] strength's are polished prose and her beguiling heroine, an usually complicated sleuth married to a philosopher. SUNDAY TIMES Ms. Masterman once again shows herself to be an expert manipulator of readers
expectations. NEW YORK TIMES Resourceful, direct, and determined

- especially in the face of pure, murderous evil - in her second outing, Brigid Quinn remains a fun force to be reckoned with. BOSTON GLOBE Addictive, intriguing, terrifying: the stunning new thriller starring Brigid Quinn. TANGLED WEB With telling observations on the human condition, the nature of love and the corruption of greed, this is simply superb. PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH

About the Author

Becky Masterman

Becky Masterman spends her days working in a forensic science publishing house and her nights writing stylish, exhilarating thrillers. Rage Against the Dying is her debut novel. Becky lives and works in Tucson, Arizona.

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1st February 2015


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Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co


336 pages


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