Review: ‘Darkness’ by Karen Robards

⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3/5 stars

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Blurb: 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?

Karen Robards’ book ‘Darkness’ again is not a book I would usually pick up, but the storyline sounded interesting and, even if it is not really that relevant, I have an interest in Ornithology.
Dr Gina Sullivan is an ornithologist who is taking part in a research trip on a remote island in Alaska. While on a small boat of the coast, observing rare birds, she witnesses a small plane crashing into the sea. After saving the sole survivor from the sea during one of the islands unpredictable storms and a cold and uncomfortable night out in the elements, Gina is realising not everything is as it seems. Soon Gina and the stranger are running for their lives after finding the rest of the research crew dead.
This is the first Karen Robards book I have read, so I have no idea of this is her usual style, but I found the first third of the book quite slow and cluttered with a lot of observations and other things that didn’t really add to the story. But that is just my opinion, other readers may see it differently. It was still an enjoyable read once it picked up after that first third or so.

Published March 29th 2016 

I have received this book through Bookbridgr!

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