“After the Dark” by Cynthia Eden is an action-packed thrill-ride of a tale that starts with an exciting scene and keeps the tension going for the entire book. I love it when the heroine and hero are equally capable and their partnership is complementary, so this story was perfect for me. There are great twists to the story and spine-chilling evil is depicted so that those with triggers should be warned that there is pretty graphic violence throughout the story. I think there is a wonderful combination of crime investigation, passionate connection, and cat-and-mouse maneuvering that keeps one enthralled, even as the heat and passion builds between the two main characters. There are a few shifts in points of view that get a little distracting but for the most part the intense action keep one anxious to figure out what is going to happen next. I wouldn’t advise that you start the story late at night…otherwise you may not get any sleep because you are anxious to finish the story. Those who like fast-paced thrillers with the added bonus of a blossoming love affair will undoubtedly enjoy this compelling story.
This romantic suspense book is part of the ‘Killer Instinct’ series and features FBI profiler Samantha Dark who is pilloried for her ostensible error and forced away from her professional life. Her retreat to a peaceful small town reminds her that she has been living on borrowed time when not only her former partner, Blake Gamble, but horrific violence follows her. Her profiling skills and grit and determination will be required to keep her alive, but she will also have to muster the courage to accept the support and protective instincts of her former partner who wants to explore the connection that professional ethics prevented them from pursuing before. Unfortunately, time may be running out for one or both of them.
In this gripping new series by New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden, a disgraced FBI profiler must save her reputation by stopping a sadistic killer she knows all too well
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 left Washington, DC, for the quiet anonymity of Alabama.
Now an all-too-familiar killer is hunting once again. She can catch the cunning 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.