Her Darkest Secret by Jessica R. Patch by Celebrate Lit

Cry in the Dark by Jessica R Patch Celebrate Lit Tour

About the Book

ook: A Cry in the Dark

Author: Jessica R. Patch

Genre: Inspirational Psychological Thriller

Release date: February 28, 2023

Deep in the Kentucky hills, three women have been found brutalized and murdered.

But the folks in Night Holler have their own ways and their own laws.

And they’re not talking…

Led to an isolated Appalachian Mountain town by a trail of disturbing murders, FBI special agent Violet Rainwater’s determined to catch a serial killer with a twisted agenda. With locals refusing to reveal their secrets, Violet’s only ally is Detective John Orlando. But even John has an ulterior motive—he’s convinced this case is connected to his wife’s murder.

As they dig deeper, Violet uncovers a link to her own unresolved past. For years she’s worked the cold case of her mother’s abduction, which had led to her birth. The need to look into the eyes of the sinful man who fathered her consumes Violet. Until she can, she’ll never have peace. Because she’s terrified she might be exactly like him.

In this chilling novel, when the present collides with Violet’s mysterious past and John’s tragic loss, they must unravel the warped, sinuous connections before the killer strikes again. But solving the case might not be nearly as terrifying as the possibility that Violet’s finally found her roots…

About the Author

Jessica R. Patch is a Publishers Weekly bestselling author known for her dry wit, signatures twists, and complex characters. She loves reading true crime books, discussing cold cases over chips and salsa with her girlfriends, and hunting down serial killers in her romantic suspense novels and psychological thrillers.

Jessica loves to encourage and inspire people to forward living through her Forward Friday Blog posts and through her monthly email newsletter. You can join the Patched In community at her website: www.jessicarpatch.com.

She resides in the Memphis area with her husband, two young adult children, and her spoiled tri-color Shetland Sheepdog. Jessica is represented by Rachel Kent of Books & Such Literary Management.

Cry in the Dark by Jessica R Patch Celebrate Lit Tour

More from Jessica

A Cry in the Dark can’t be compared to Scooby Doo, but I can thank Scooby Doo for being my first introduction into the world of mystery and all matter of things that go bump in the night. But, in the end, the masks of darkness are always revealed in the light and are exposed. Justice served. This is why I write gritty crime fiction/psychological thrillers outside of my Love Inspired Suspense books.

In Luke 22:53 NLT, they come to arrest Jesus and crucify Him. “Why didn’t you arrest me in the Temple? I was there every day. But this is your moment, the time when the power of darkness reigns.”

Darkness gets one moment. Just one. When they crucify and kill Him. But we know what happens next! Light bursts out of that dark tomb and victory is ours. We’re rescued in darkness from darkness into marvelous light.

In a thriller, darkness gets its moment. I don’t shy away from those tough things. The Bible didn’t shy away from it! We read about a Levite who gave cruel men his concubine which they abused all night until she died, and then he cut her up into parts and sent her to the tribes! God never approves of darkness, nor does He edit it out or sanitize the people. We see the depravity of humans when walking apart from God all through the Bible. And honestly, I’m glad He doesn’t edit out things I’d rather not see or read about. God works in broken people’s lives and through brokenness to accomplish His redemptive purposes. I’m broken. You’re broken. He can use the righteous as well as the wicked. I need to be reminded that without Him, I could fall into those same traps (not cutting up women but… you know) and I need to know that despite my weakness and brokenness, God can and will still use me!

A Cry in the Dark has some violence and darker subject matter (though it is not graphic in real time) because darkness gets a moment…and then hope reaches in, hears the cries in the dark of broken people, and rescues them. And in the end, that’s what this book is about. A great and powerful rescue mission out of darkness and into light!

My Review

“A tear threatened to surface, but she forced her cries to remain silent and in the dark.”
The Strange Crimes Unit is called on to investigate cases that are out of the ordinary. When the crew arrives at the backwoods of Kentucky, they discover that young women are disappearing. The community seems to know what is happening, but no one is willing to talk. Can the team find out what is happening before another life is lost? And what happens when the crimes seem to be directed toward them?

Trying to investigate these crimes brings Violet a bit too close to a past which she has been trying to forget. All her life, she has felt condemnation. Will solving these cases help her move forward?
This book is connected to the author’s title, “Her Darkest Secret.” The characters overlap between the books. In that title, Violet is extremely guarded to the point of being rude. In this book, the readers find out what is driving her. She has SO much baggage. While this could definitely be a stand-alone book, I am glad I read the other title first.

Like the first book in this unofficial series, there are SO many layers to this book. Pretty certain that no one could guess all of the elements involved. The author’s ability to weave in so many layers definitely makes this another exceptionally well written thriller.

Romance plays a part in this title. The reader is given a front row seat to how damaging it is when a person is only “loved” for what they offer. A physical relationship does not equate love. Relationships only work when both people are willing to give up their lives for another. God modeled that type of love. Many characters in this book choose or are forced to do the opposite.

The storyline is intense and sad. How the women in this book are treated is heartbreaking. While the details are limited and the images are not too graphic, I still would not recommend this book for younger or more sensitive readers. While there is plenty of pain, there is also plenty of hope. The unconditional love of God goes beyond circumstances.

This book deals with generational sin. Some of the characters are definitely twisted. But there is a clear reminder that those who desire good need to stop those who try to perpetuate evil. The fight is worth it in the end!

I did read this book as a part of a tour and was provided with an advanced copy. I wanted to read this book as I had heard that the author knows how to write a great suspense book. That was definitely the case. All opinions in this review are my own.

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To celebrate her tour, Jessica is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a signed paperback of the first title in the series, Her Darkest Secret!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

2 thought on “Her Darkest Secret by Jessica R. Patch by Celebrate Lit”

  1. Bea LaRocca

    Thank you for sharing your review of A Cry in the Dark and Her Darkest Secret, this sounds like an emotionally difficult but thrilling book and series and I am looking forward to reading these stories myself


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