After the Darkness

Honey Brown

After the Darkness
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After the Darkness

Honey Brown

It’s only by chance that Trudy and Bruce Harrison notice the isolated Ocean View gallery on their way home … It’s not listed on any tourist pamphlet. There are no other visitors. Within the maze of rooms the couple begins to feel uneasy. They are right to. The next few hours will rip them from their safe, comfortable existence forever. Bruce and Trudy escape from the gallery, bruised and brutalised. But a man is dead. Was someone else there that day? Did the attack even happen the way they remember it? Their doubts grow until they can no longer trust anyone, not even each other. There is no return from the dark places their fear will push them. Thrilling, stylish and strikingly atmospheric, After the Darkness is an extraordinary psychological suspense that examines the very moral codes by which we live. In the fluid boundary between good and evil, where do we draw the line? ‘There’s a sense of foreboding craftily interwoven with the darkness of sexual desire running from the first to the last sentence in this achingly powerful suspense thriller.’ Australian Women’s Weekly ‘An excellent read.’ Sun Herald ‘Enough twists and turns, mystery and gruesome touches to keep all psychological fans satisfied.’ Weekly Times

Review

Trudy and Bruce take a deserved holiday by the Victorian ocean: time for them to relax, their children left behind. Of course, a detour on the way home to a cliff-top gallery seems like the right, spontaneous thing to do. However, their misgivings when they enter the cold, glass-filled home are proven right and the following attack leaves them battered mentally and physically, with more to hide than to reveal ­– and someone out there knows about it.

This vivid, taut story of the aftermath of Trudy and Bruce’s experience left me short of breath, as anxious as they were about every moment that followed. After the Darkness, told from Trudy’s point of view, takes many of the male/female clichés of crime and turns them on their head, as she toughs it out through Bruce’s shackling, both literally and metaphorically, during the book’s progress. A story as psychologically chilling as it is physically frightening, it is a dark look into the trauma of violence changing an everyday happy couple into one wracked with paranoia, regret and simmering violence of their own.

fiona-hardy-picFiona Hardy sells books and talks too much to customers at Readings Carlton, and puts together Dead Write for the Readings Monthly. She blogs haphazardly about movies and books (and sometimes music) and you can follow her on twitter - @readwatchtweet.

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