Book Title: Cover Me In Darkness
Author: Eileen Rendahl
Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Fiction
Date Read: 08/22/16
Pub Date: 12/08/16
Amanda Sinclair has to fight harder than most for everything she has after fleeing the cult that left her brother dead at her mother’s hand. Amanda works a quiet job in quality control for a small cosmetics company, trying to leave her past behind her—until she learns that her mother has committed suicide in the mental ward where she’s been locked away for the past ten years.
At first, Amanda believes that her mother killed herself, but when she looks through the personal belongings left behind, it seems her death may be related to the upcoming parole hearing for cult leader Patrick Collier. Teaming up with her mother’s psychologist, Amanda starts to peel away the layers of secrets that she’s built between herself and her own past, and what she finds is a truth that’s almost too big to believe.
Clearly there is something wrong with me, as I seem to have some morbid fascination with reading cult based fiction like it’s going out of style. After reading many books this summer centering around this theme, it continually amazes me how they can all be so vastly different while covering a good bit of the same material. I was browsing NetGalley awhile back (read contributing to my undoing as a productive member of society) and came across this title; I wasn’t familiar with the author but based on the cover and blurb, I couldn’t pass it by. Who cares that I had 15 other books on my NetGalley list to read and review? This book had all the potential to fill that hole the size of Emma Cline’s The Girls while bringing a little more thrilling action to the mix.
I actually did enjoy this read, which I know some find hard to believe as they only see 4-5 star ratings as “good” or “positive”. This was almost a 4 star read for me, but the main character, Amanda, was hard for me to connect with. I felt some empathy for her, but had trouble agreeing with most of her actions throughout the story and wanted sit her down with a classic “WHAT ARE YOU THINKING” intervention. The pacing was extremely fast, so this was in all a very quick read that only came in at 288 pages; while it works for some books, I felt this one was a tad bit rushed in the ending and could have used a little more meat to fill the story and bring us to it’s conclusion. A bit predictable, but not a bad ending which stemmed from an entertaining mystery that held my attention well. I’d recommend this more to those who aren’t heavy into reading in the Mystery/Thriller genre, as you will likely figure out the ending easily due to many other stories going a similar route. If I hadn’t had such high expectations, this probably would have been a full 4 star review, and I can’t blame that on the author. If you’re looking for a quick read that will grab your attention, give this one a try.
* I received my copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Thank you Midnight Ink for allowing me the opportunity to review this!