Former FBI agent Samantha Dark was one of the most respected profilers in the bureau, an expert on the twisted minds and dark hearts of the most depraved criminals. But when her own former lover turned out to be the serial killer she was hunting,
Samantha's career was destroyed. Blamed for the FBI's failure on the complex case, Samantha fled Washington, DC, for the quiet anonymity of Alabama.
Now an all-too-familiar killer is hunting once again. She can catch the sadistic assassin, but that means putting her trust in her former partner, Blake Gamble. Ex-military, Blake is tough, protective, precise. With her entire life on the brink, she knows he wants her back in the FBI…and possibly more.
But someone else wants her, too. A threat is waiting in the dark, a killer who has set his sights on the ultimate trophy victim—Samantha.
There's a prequel to After the Dark called The Gathering Dusk that introduces these characters and shows the beginning of the simmering relationship that grows between these two agents. It’s clearly intense but also a really bad idea and by the book Samantha has ignored the attraction until now. Blake doesn't want to pretend they are just professional colleagues, he needs more than anything to protect Samantha but it's apparent the stubborn woman needs protecting from herself!
I thought Samantha was the dominate character of this story. She has a history of horror and pain that she keeps hidden but it's made her what she is today. A woman who can understand how a killer’s mind works might scare some but Blake is made of sterner stuff and desperate to save Samantha from a cruel adversary and yes, even from herself. I don't think we really got into Blake’s mind as much as I wanted, certainly not as much as we did other characters, although his lust for Samantha was certainly fleshed out. This couple may be surrounded by atrocities and death but they sure do know how to celebrate being alive!
If tense, brutal suspense with a huge dollop of romance appeal to you, then this new series will no doubt make its way to your bookshelf. Alpha hero and a tortured heroine combine as the hunter becomes the hunted. Not a straightforward easily predictable thriller and I really enjoyed (perhaps too much) discovering just how far a killer could go. Ms Eden involves her readers, we know exactly who and why, but it was still a page turner and isn't that how it should be?