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The Darkest Hour

Ella Marconi, Book 2
Narrated by: Caroline Lee
Series: Detective Ella Marconi, Book 2
Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
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The second instalment in the Ella Marconi series - a top-quality thriller full of edge-of-your-seat action! 

Paramedic Lauren Yates stumbles into a world of trouble the night she discovers a dead man in an inner city alley, for the killer lurks nearby. When the murderer threatens to make her life hell if she tells the police, she believes him - he's Thomas Werner, her sister's ex and a very bad man indeed. 

But when a stabbing victim tells her with his dying breath that Werner attacked him too, she finds herself with blood on her hands and Detective Ella Marconi on her back.

Will Ella's investigation put her career on the line, just when she's finally got her foot in the door? And can Lauren keep her family safe before Werner makes good on his promise, or will they all pay the ultimate price?

©2008 Katherine Howell (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing

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  • 12-02-19

🤔Lackluster Entry in a Usually Brilliant Series😐

Well, shoot. I waited YEARS for Vomume 2 to be released, after having positively devoured Volumes 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 in this normally fantastic series. I was ready and eager to love this installment too. It arrived, years after I first began wondering why it and Volume 3 had never been made available on Audible. I dug in with all the eagerness of a kid on Christmas morning. And it just sort of...fell flat, in every conceivable way. For one thing, the plot. Poor choices on the part of the author and plot holes abound. Meth as a high-stakes, international-drug-ring type drug? I don’t buy it. Awkward, soap-opera-esque love triangle so important to the participants (all THREE of whom belong onstage at the Jerry Springer show) that they lay into each other with screams, threats and exhortations the moment after the big climax, despite the fact that one of them—the man both women claim to adore—has just narrowly escaped being murdered, and is lying unconscious in a hospital bed? Preposterous. A ruthless, high-stakes international drug kingpin and notorious triple murderer...who somehow has time, motive and inclination to PRANK the lead detective in the case by entering her home when she’s not there, stealing her shampoo, leaving her milk out, turning on her shower, and leaving cute little rocks with eyes drawn on them in her sweater pockets? No. I’d have to be a meth addict myself to believe that. Also: Where’s the action of the climax? Why is it only described after the fact, instead of shown?

Still, the narrator is Caroline Lee, who I love, and even though CAROLINE LEE SHOULD NEVER, EVER ATTEMPT EUROPEAN ACCENTS (her Thomas Werner in this book sounds exactly like her preposterous Russian Masha in Nine Perfect Strangers, rendering him FAR less terrifying than the author intended), I still love her. And the book did hold my interest enough that I finished it in three days.

Grade: C.
Bechdel test: Pass.

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