A DARKNESS BLACK By Tamsen Schultz
Publisher: Ever After Romance – Release June 27, 2017
Category: Mystery, Thriller, Romance, Suspense
Darkness. Covert operative Caleb Forrester has always preferred darkness over light, keeping his grief and shame in shadow. But just as he starts to question this existence and let go of the years of blame he’s carried, his best friend’s widow calls upon him to help her stop a murder. It’s a request he can’t refuse, even though he knows that traveling to the remote New Hampshire mansion to reunite with Cate will put him face-to-face with memories he’s spent more than five years trying to forget. Life. After suffering two searing losses less than a year apart, widow Catherine Thomson has worked hard to let go of her guilt, move forward, and rebuild her life. But when a murderer threatens the wealthy family she works for, it’s Cate’s history that may save them. To help her investigate, she calls on Caleb―a man she trusts though may no longer know―and when it becomes apparent that it’s not just the family who is in danger, Cate realizes that revisiting the past she’s so painstakingly put behind her may be the only way she can help Caleb find his own redemption. Betrayal. It’s everywhere. The Whatley family has generations of secrets and resentments that Caleb and Cate must wade through if they have any hope of preventing the murder. But it’s Caleb’s own disloyalty that shocks him to his core when he finds he’s falling for Cate. Caleb knows that stopping the killer isn’t going to be easy, but finding the strength―and forgiveness―to forge a future with Cate could be the hardest thing he’ll ever do.
A DARKNESS BLACK by Tamsen Schultz shares Caleb’s story with her readers. While giving readers insight to events in Caleb’s past, she also weaves his experiences into the current action of her romantic suspense thriller. Schultz creates a story dealing with family relationships, betrayal, guilt, trust issues, and lost love. She tells Caleb’s story by trending back and forth to what Caleb and the protagonist Catherine (Cate) Thomsen are feeling and experiencing. The author shares backstories of both Caleb and Catherine continuing to add additional information as the story progresses. She makes a point to highlight Caleb’s past covert operations and Cate’s work as an event organizer.
Cate, a longtime friend of Caleb, calls him to help her prevent a murder of one of her clients. Schultz skillfully reacquaints her readers with details of several characters of the previous five Windsor novels. Caleb reaches out to each of his friends asking for their help in his investigation to stop a murder at Cate’s event in New Hampshire. Fans of Schultz’s Windsor Series are brought up –to-date of the activities of key characters just to remind readers who might be the topic of book seven.
The author places her readers next to Caleb and Cate, so they experience what they are thinking. Readers follow Caleb and Cate as they deal with guilt issues of their past and learn to pay attention to their feelings. The author introduces interesting support characters giving details of their role in the storyline as it progresses. Schultz creates subplots changing the direction of the storyline keeping her readers guessing as to what will happen next.
The pace of the story increases at the turn of every page. Schultz builds tension causing readers to hold their breath spine-tingling events unfold. A DARKNESS BLACK delivers a breathtaking ending to Caleb’s investigation that leads to heartwarming results. Schultz novel earns a five-star ranking, and my recommendation as a must read.
Review provided by John W. Kurtze