COVER ME IN DARK­NESS

Foreword Reviews - - Foresight Mystery -

Eileen Ren­dahl, Mid­night Ink Soft­cover $15.99 (288pp), 978-0-7387-5020-0

Iso­late. Com­part­men­tal­ize. Con­trol. This is the motto of Amanda Sin­clair, who used to be­long to a cult—a cult that rears its ugly head again just when Amanda felt sure she had put the past be­hind her. Dark and charged from the start, Cover Me in Dark­ness is a thriller that ex­plores the depths of the psy­cholo­gies of its char­ac­ters, from Amanda’s mother, a trou­bled woman who took her own son’s life and ended up in a men­tal ward, to Amanda her­self, who has wrapped her­self in a veil of nor­malcy at a job in a cos­met­ics com­pany in or­der to hide from the ugly se­crets of her past.

While Amanda was grow­ing up, she and her fam­ily were fol­low­ers of Pa­trick Col­lier, a charis­matic gen­tle­man who led what seemed like an in­no­cent cult, Chil­dren of the Greater God. Years later, when Amanda’s mother com­mits sui­cide, Amanda grows sus­pi­cious that her mother’s death has some­thing to do with the le­gal trou­ble that Col­lier has found him­self in, as Col­lier has re­cently come up for pa­role af­ter a stint in jail for mis­han­dling the cult’s money. Fear­ing that Col­lier is try­ing to hide some­thing, and doesn’t care about any col­lat­eral dam­age in his ef­forts, Amanda launches her own in­ves­ti­ga­tion that digs up dark se­crets from her past.

Cover Me in Dark­ness is about fam­ily, loy­alty, and trust. Ren­dahl’s writ­ing is light and sharp, per­fect for a story that moves quickly— from ini­tial crime to deep in­ves­ti­ga­tion—while han­dling in­tense sub­ject ma­te­rial. Amanda’s de­scent into her own con­spir­acy the­o­ries, and her con­fu­sion about what to be­lieve and whom to trust, grow more and more ur­gent over the course of the novel, fi­nally reach­ing a crescendo with a riv­et­ing, brief con­clu­sion. Per­fect for fans of quick-mov­ing thrillers, Cover Me in Dark­ness is an ex­cel­lent new novel by a con­fi­dent writer.

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