Ralou’s Review: Darkness by Karen Robards

Posted April 10, 2016 by ralou in Book Reviews, Books, Collage / 0 Comments

Ralou’s Review: Darkness by Karen RobardsDarkness by Karen Robards
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Published by Gallery Books on March 29th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Crime, Fiction, Military, Mystery, Romance, Suspense, Thriller
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New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards continues her penchant for “fantastic storytelling” (RT Book Reviews) with this next heart-pumping romantic suspense novel, the tale of a brilliant ornithologist trapped on the remote Attu Island in Alaska, fighting for her life—and that of a handsome stranger—before they’re swallowed up in darkness forever.

BOOM. That’s the sound that changes everything for Dr. Gina Sullivan, a renowned ornithologist on a group research grant trip on the remote island of Attu, Alaska. When an everyday outing turns sinister at the onset of one of Attu’s infamous storms, Gina expects thunder and lightning—but what she doesn’t see coming is the small jet plane that drops out of the sky and into the water mere feet from her boat. Even more unprecedented: there’s a sole survivor from the crash, and he needs Gina’s help. But it turns out that rescuing the stranger and getting them both out of the oncoming storm is just the beginning. Because the more Gina learns about James “Cal” Callahan, he of brooding eyes and muscled frame, the more she fears—for herself, and for him.

Cal has made a career of trading on government secrets and emerging unscathed—until a routine pickup goes horribly wrong and lands him in ice-cold water. Literally. He knows the plane crash was no accident and that there could very well be an enemy force currently combing the Alaskan island ensuring there were no survivors. Now if only the arrestingly beautiful bird-watcher with the clear-blue gaze would stop watching him, well, like a hawk. Cal convinces Gina to return to base camp and help him covertly get off the island. But when Gina makes it safely back to camp and finds her entire team murdered, all bets are off, and as darkness envelops the island, she must decide: trust a man she barely knows, or go it alone and risk running straight into the arms of a killer?

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book review: 5 stars

One of the most intriguing, breathtaking and interesting book I have ever had the luck to come across to.

When I first read the blurb, my attention was instantly drawn. It seemed to have some of the things that I love in a story: suspense, mystery, secrets, love. But soon I discovered that it had much more than that. Except of being a story which was about all these I listed above, it was also a story that was about fighting for what it matters, the power of the heart, corruption, trust, betrayal and so many others that will take forever to write down.

Although, the thing that makes Darkness even better, rises it on my Top Fav Books and makes it worth the 5 stars even more is the fact that it contains History in it. And what that means? Well, Robards set her story in the Attu island – the last island of the Aleutian Islands of Alaska – in the Pacific Ocean which, according to History, it’s been a battlefield during the Word War II between the Japaneses and the Americans. Also, – my piece of information about the island -, for those who don’t know, Attu is one of the islands which are forming the known Ring of Fire – a series of volcanoes that are forming a ring around the geographic plate where the Pacific lies on – in the Pacific.

So, on this island has been Dr. Gina Sullivan sent in purposes of a research program. Her part is to study the birds of Attu and the way they live. But, soon her trip will get an unexpected turn with very dangerous outgoings and involvements. And the starting point of them is when a plane is shot down from the sky and she finds herself rescuing one of its passengers, Cal. Cal is working for CIA and he was in that plane during a mission. So, after his plane crash, now he finds himself in the rescuing hands of Gina.

She was desperately thankful he was on her side. Her bear.

Soon, these two are forming a very very strong bond and are going through a lot together. Very dangerous, lethal a lot together. Little by little, they start trust, believe in, fall for each other. And they may know one another a very short time, but their consciousness, heart and mind know very well that what they feel is utterly real, deep and the other is the missing piece of themselves. Although, at the same time, they have one of the most beautiful, amazing and (some times) hilarious banter that I have ever get to read between a man and a woman who are forced to get around each other – in this case to survive. 

Her body was aware of his like a flower is aware of the sun.

Karen Robards really impressed and captivated me with this amazing thriller which contains such a powerful love that blows your mind. Definitely one of my favorites books this year – if not ever – and Karen just added herself on the authors who I will watch out for in the future.



Darkness (Karen Robards) collage




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