When there’s DARKNESS ALL AROUND . . . some memories are best forgotten
Within the span of one harrowing week, Risa’s alcoholic husband, Sean, disappears, and her best friend, Carol, is brutally murdered. Eleven years later, Risa has seemingly put her life back together again, comforted by the love of her new husband, who is a local politician, and the knowledge that Carol’s killer has been convicted. But then just as suddenly as he disappeared, Sean resurfaces— sober, plagued by horrific recollections of Carol’s murder, and convinced he was the real killer.
Sean’s startling claim buzzes through the small, football-crazy Pennsylvania community, and Risa is left to wonder if the man she still loves actually committed the grisly murder. Her growing belief in his innocence sends her on a treacherous search for the truth: a search that reveals ugly secrets that her new husband and the town’s law enforcement community are hiding.
Emboldened by her discoveries, Risa convinces Sean to flee as the town’s violent forces move in to keep the truth from coming to light. But Risa doesn’t realize that her attempts to get vindication for Sean may come at a very high price.
Part murder mystery, part love story, Darkness All Around is a gripping exploration of the depths of the criminal mind, the fine line between the truth and a lie, and the bravery of the human heart.
In Magee's tortuous thriller, Risa Tuvic has come a long way in the 10 years since her husband, Sean Collins, disappeared in an alcoholic fog shortly before her best friend, Carol Slezak, was brutally murdered in the small Pennsylvania town of Braden. After Sean was legally declared dead, Risa married rising politician Alan Benson, and her son, Kevin Collins, later emerged as a powerful high school football player. Sean's unexpected return with confused claims that he killed Carol a crime another man confessed to and was convicted for throws Risa's world into disarray. No one wants to listen to Sean, particularly Alan, who's in the midst of a campaign and wants Sean to disappear again. The town unites against Sean, except for Risa and reporter Henry Saltz. The more Risa comes to believe Sean, the more she questions Alan's actions. The story plods at times, but Magee (Never Wave Goodbye) manages some nifty twists to keep readers guessing.