Author: Emerald O’Brien
Book: Darkness Follows (Darkness Follows #1)
Published: May 2014
Aurina and Ryanne Patrick have been caught up in a web of murder and intrigue. Aurina is brought to the police department in Toronto when her boyfriend is arrested for murder. She and her sister are put into the witness protection program because David (Aurina’s boyfriend) wasn’t working alone. More to the point, he was only an accomplice for the real serial killer. Jeremy has murdered three girls so far. The two sisters are taken to Dersten Ontario for safety. However, girls shortly start dying in Dersten. The first thing everyone thinks of is the serial killer, but there are differences. Has Jeremy found them, or is there a different, more dangerous killer stalking them?
Darkness Follows has all the elements of a good thriller: mystery, suspense, red herrings, and a plot twist. One is immediately drawn to the two sisters who are suddenly uprooted from their normal surroundings and dropped off in the middle of nowhere. The fictitious town of Dersten is also compelling for those of us attracted to small town life. Emerald O’Brien does sometimes use exposition in places where dialog would be more applicable, but not extensively, and it isn’t too distracting. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.