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A Deeper Darkness (Samantha Owens, Book 1) (edition 2012)

by J.T. Ellison

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Title:A Deeper Darkness (Samantha Owens, Book 1)
Authors:J.T. Ellison
Info:Mira (2012), Edition: Original, Paperback, 400 pages
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A Deeper Darkness (Samantha Owens, Book 1) by J. T. Ellison



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This was a great novel! It is the first J.T. Ellison that I have read, and my introduction to Dr. Samantha Owens. I was hooked from the start because of my curiosity - what happened to Sam's family, what happened to Donovan, when are they going to figure out that the little girl saw the killing, what happens to Susan (Donovan's wife)? I liked that different chapters were from different characters' perspectives. I did have a hint of who the killer might be, but I did not expect the reasons for the killings. I enjoyed learning about Sam's first love, Eddie Donovan who became a brilliant leader as a Ranger in the military, and about the men in his unit who became his friends. I also enjoyed the inter-play with Eleanor (Eddie's mother), Sam, and Susan. I am looking forward to another Samantha Owen's story. ( )
  MelAnnC | Feb 29, 2016 |
I love stories with a twist at the end!! Debated about three or four stars. Still on the edge. ( )
  Jodeneg | Oct 23, 2015 |
I love stories with a twist at the end!! Debated about three or four stars. Still on the edge. ( )
  Jodeneg | Oct 23, 2015 |
“Fresh Meat” by Laura K. Curtis for Criminal Element

Ellison fans (like me) are used to her police procedural thrillers featuring Taylor Jackson. But while I enjoy Taylor, I was glad to see that Ellison was branching out into a new series as well. Samantha Owens is a medical examiner in Nashville, but she takes a leave to do a personal favor . . . going to Washington, DC, to do a secondary autopsy in the murder case of her former lover, Eddie, at the request of his mother, Eleanor.

But although Sam performs the secondary autopsy, this isn’t strictly a forensics book. Sam is out of her element, more an amateur sleuth than an ME. And she is constantly at the mercy of tangled emotions, for not only is she investigating the death of her former lover and dealing with his mother, his wife and his children, she is still mourning the loss of her own husband and children who were taken from her in the Nashville floods.

It is the emotional impact of the book, rather than its mystery, that really keeps the reader engaged. (Oh, the mystery’s there, too, but for me it was definitely secondary.)

Read the rest at: http://www.criminalelement.com/blogs/2012/04/fresh-meat-a-deeper-darkness-by-j-t...
1 vote CrimeHQ | May 14, 2013 |
Beautiful, beautiful book. I loved J.T. Ellison's story about Sam. It was so different from her Taylor Jackson series but more heartfelt and emotional. I found myself crying quite a few times. The surprises kept me guessing until the end. My only complaint is that I thought maybe Sam would call Taylor or Taylor would pop in her friend's story more as the two have been through so much together. I didn't want this book to end and I can't wait for another! ( )
1 vote smithhoosier3 | Apr 27, 2013 |
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As a medical examiner, Samantha Owen's job is to make a certain sense of death with crisp methodology. But the day the Tennessee floods took her husband and children, the light vanished from her life. She's pulled into a suffocating grief until she receives a peculiar call from Washington D.C. On the end of the line is an old boyfriend's mother, asking Sam to do a second autopsy on her son. Eddie Donovan is officially the victim of a vicious carjacking, but the forensics tell a darker story.… (more)

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