*originally published on 03/31/2016
DARKNESS Written by Karen Robards
2016; 384 Pages (Gallery Books)
Genre: romantic suspense, thriller, mystery
(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY)
Dr. Gina Sullivan is a renowned ornithologist on a group research grant trip on the remote island of Attu, Alaska. One day while she is gathering research she hears a BOOM and see a plane go down. When she goes to see the wreckage there is a survivor…a man named, Cal. Cal mistrusts Gina so will not share anything of his circumstances but demands she tell him everything about her. He starts to think maybe her team was sent for a purpose other than research. Before they can figure anything out they realize there is a killer on the island and they need to save themselves.
I have read Karen Robard’s historical romance, contemporary fiction, and romantic suspense and enjoy most of her novels. I even liked her Dr. Charlotte Stone series which is romantic suspense with paranormal aspects; however this novel never gelled for me. I did not bond with either character and it felt sort of like I was reading the story secondhand. It just feels like something is missing for me…it was too formulaic. Most reviews on Goodreads has been good…but if you find yourself not being able to get into…abandon ship on this one.