Review | Darkness by Kate Sherwood

Darkness by Kate Sherwood | Common Law #3
LGBTQIA, Suspense
Published on March 6th, 2017
ARC from Netgalley

 

Book Blurb:

A murdered prostitute. An obvious suspect. Clear evidence. For once, Jericho Crewe has a straightforward crime to investigate, and Wade Granger isn’t involved.

It all seems so simple, but Jericho’s instincts won’t let him rest. As he investigates, he finds troubling suggestions that the murder is a part of something larger and more sinister. But working within the boundaries of the law may keep him from finding the truth. If Jericho doesn’t break the rules, an innocent man may rot in jail while a killer remains free to strike again.

Inevitably, it all comes back to Wade. Because who else knows as much about breaking rules? And who else knows Jericho the way Wade does—not wisely, but far, far too well?

| Book Review |

Another Common Law installment, another sexy cover. Each portion of this series includes a smaller arc in addition to the larger one spanning all the books, and in Darkness, we have Jericho investigating the murder of a local prostitute. When a local man with an intellectual disability is immediately fingered for the crime, the clues seem to be too tidy for Jericho, so he follows his instincts, which bring him to a different lead. This book had Jericho in a lot of emotional turmoil as he struggled with feeling what it was right to do though the law didn’t allow it, and the push and pull was very well written. In previous installments, he was very much on the side of the law, but this one had him struggling with what to do when you have no evidence, but you know you have the wrong man for the crime. And I have to admit, Jericho’s inner dialogue had me right there with him wanting him to serve out his own brand of justice.

While I loved Wade in the first two books, he was just this side of annoying in this one. The author reeled him in in the nick of time for me. It was just too much that Wade was always one step ahead of Jericho, and there were too many times it was by the skin of his teeth. I will say I was disappointed at how fade to black this book was after the amazing tension between Jericho and Wade. I am not a fan of the build up that’s never brought to fruition. But, alas, maybe in the last installment. But back to this one, we learned just how far Wade was willing to go for Jericho, and it seems, for now, they’re in it for the long haul. And I really hope they are, because I think they are a very specific fit, and I’m not sure someone else could put up with either of them.

I am interested to see where the last book, Home Fires, will go, as the larger arc was sort of wrapped up in this one. Overall, Darkness was a solid addition to the serial, and I’m looking forward to see how things come to an end for Jericho and the town of Mosely.

| Rating |

4-stars

Serial: Common Law

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