Her Dark Grave | Carolyn Arnold

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Her eyes widen at her reflection in the steel blade as it comes closer, closer, closer…

Detective Madison Knight thought a midnight drive through the countryside would help clear her mind, but she thought wrong. Her car runs out of gas, stranding her in the middle of nowhere in pitch darkness. When she gets out to stretch her legs, the beam of her phone’s flashlight lands on a suitcase in the ditch. After she opens it, she’s sorry she did.

Tara Jackson was only twenty-one years old with her entire life ahead of her before she was stabbed to death and stuffed into a piece of luggage. Madison is determined to find her justice and soon uncovers that Tara was keeping secrets from those closest to her and suspects they may have gotten her killed. But while she’s exploring that lead, the body of another young woman is found in a sports equipment bag.

She looks just like Tara and is the same age, and Madison starts to wonder if the killer she’s after has killed before. Desperate, she turns to cold cases and missing person reports to see if she can dig up anything to further the investigation.

Madison finds eighteen-year-old Daphne Tucker, who was reported missing from the area three years ago. She’s a doppelganger to the other victims. Is the reason Daphne hasn’t been heard from because she’s dead too? And has her killer returned, hungry for more blood?

As Madison edges closer to the truth, someone is stalking her from the shadows, and she fears it just may be the twisted, demented killer she’s hunting. But can Madison outsmart him or her before she becomes the next victim?

This completely gripping bone-chilling crime thriller is perfect for fans of Lisa Regan, D.K. Hood, and Leslie Wolfe.

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My Thoughts:

Detective Madison Knight has had me hooked since the very start. I love how her character evolves through each book and situation that she faces in the line of duty. She is a force to be reckoned with, relentless in her pursuit of finding answers to put culprits behind bars — even if that means putting her own life at risk. Although she often finds herself in precarious situations (more often that not because of her impulsive, sassy mouth), she is excellent at stirring up her partner, Terry, and Sargeant Winston to help give her an extra push to solving cases.

Dealing with the fallout of a previous case with the Russian mob weighing on her mind and shoulders and a personal loss, Madison is out for a drive when she stumbles upon a body in a suitcase. Her nerves are already shot and paranoia threatens to win, but she swallows it and dives head first into the case with Terry. We get a glimpse at the drive behind this killer, adding a layer of suspense to the potential next victim, at critical moments in the story. As per her normal, Madison gets wrapped up in the case and has the potential to become a victim herself.

This case is quite dark and twisted, but extremely intriguing. It’s the type of case that makes your skin crawl. Carolyn Arnold is a master at creating a story that stands out against all other police procedurals because of the attention to detail. You’ll feel like you’re alongside Madison and Terry, combing through the evidence and interviewing suspects or even examining crime scenes.

I do hope to see Madison and Troy continue to move in a good direction with their relationship. I think he’s a good balance for her and is a pretty phenomenal guy!

I received a complimentary copy for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.

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About the Author:

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has several continuing fiction series and has many published books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from police procedurals, hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures. Her crime fiction series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining. This led to her adopting the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives near London, Ontario, Canada with her husband and two beagles.

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