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?
What I liked: I enjoyed the setting of Darkness so much. The research of the setting in Darkness is evident from the get go. The remote island of Attu, Alaska is the setting. I spent quite a bit of time on Wikipedia reading more about it as a result of the information Ms Robards imparted. It made me curious. That's a high complement when reading a book.
The lead characters in Darkness was likable but not my favorite. They kept me entertained with their antics and back and forth. The plot was good and I was invested in the solution. I had an idea or two about the "bad guy" but Ms Robards was able to make me second guess myself several times.
What I didn't like: So, Darkness is one of those books where the price of course is set by the publisher and the Kindle edition is $13.99. While I enjoyed this particular book by Ms Robards, she is not an automatic buy for me. I would not pay the Kindle price for this book. I would have checked it out of the library or found a friend who is a collector of her works. If I'm going to pay almost $14 for an e-book, it's going to be one I will re-read several times. Darkness isn't one of those books.
Overall, Karen Robard fans would probably want to buy this book and it is one of her last works that I've really enjoyed.