Fear the Darkness is the follow up to Becky Masterman’s first book, Rage Against the Dying. Retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn is settling into marriage, making friends, and trying to figure out how to fit into her new life in Tucson. To complicate matters, Brigid takes in her sister-in-law’s teenage daughter Gemma Kate who has suddenly taken an interest in dissecting the desert wildlife. On top of her family drama, Brigid has also told a local couple that she will investigate the death of their son. Needless to say, life is far from quiet.
Masterman excels at red herrings stories and I love a book that keeps me guessing. She also creates some of the baddest of bad guys keeping her novels intense and suspenseful. Brigid is such a great character. She is resourceful, smart, and one tough-cookie. It has been refreshing to read a main character who is a little older and wiser but can still hold her own in a fight. This is a great mystery series to start reading. Her first book was a nominee for both an Anthony and an Edgar.
Becky Masterman will be here for a book signing on January 31st from 2:00 – 3:00 PM.
Becky Masterman’s debut novel Rage Against the Dying is a hair raising mystery set right in our back yard. Pushed into retirement, former FBI agent Brigid Quinn and her husband are starting to settle down in Tucson and live a quiet life. Brigid has decided retirement isn’t so bad and is starting to rather like her quiet life , but then her past finds her. Now she finds herself involved with an old unsolved case that was rather gruesome and horrific. A man has come forwarded claiming to have been the Route 66 killer that Brigid spent years searching for. He evens tells the FBI that he knows where Brigid’s missing protegee has been taken and will help them find her. Of course, the new FBI agent on the case believes the confession to be a fake, leaving it all up to Brigid to once and for all close this deadly case.
Materman’s writing style is compelling. She weaves in and out of the past and present flawlessly, making the reader unable to put the book down. She also uses multiple narrators to tell the story, giving you a complete look at what is happening. This book has a few graphic and intense moments that will both make you both cringe and keep reading to find out what happens. I was utterly immersed in the story from the first paragraph and all the way through the book. And of course, I loved that it took place in Tucson. Somehow it just makes the story that much better when I know the setting. Be sure to get Masterman’s novel, this is an author to start looking for.