A HORRIFIC RECURRING NIGHTMARE IS THREATENING TO STEAL HER SANITY…
Dr. Corinne Cabot is living the American dream. She’s a successful ER physician in Chicago who’s married to a handsome husband. Together they live in a charming house in the suburbs. But appearances can be deceiving—and what no one can see is Corinne’s dark past. Troubling gaps in her memory mean she recalls little about a haunting event in her life years ago that changed everything.
She remembers only being in the house the night two people were found murdered. Her father was there, too. Now her father is in prison; she hasn’t been in contact in years. Repressing that terrifying memory has caused Corinne moments of paranoia and panic. Sometimes she thinks she sees things that aren’t there, hears words that haven’t been spoken. Or have they? She fears she may be losing her mind, unable to determine what’s real and what’s not.
So when she senses her husband’s growing distance, she thinks she’s imagining things. She writes her suspicions off to fatigue, overwork, anything to explain what she can’t accept—that her life really isn’t what it seems.
Corinne Cabot, the 35-year-old heroine of this uneven suspense novel from Tate (the nom de plume of romance author Courtney Cole), is an ER physician at a Chicago hospital. Her grueling job and troubled past have strained her marriage to therapist Jude Cabot. As an 18-year-old babysitter on Halloween, Corinne witnessed a double murder, for which her father was convicted, but she has blocked the memory. While she struggles through another October, immersing herself in work to avoid seasonal triggers, Jude becomes intrigued with Zoe, a provocative server at his favorite caf , who fascinates and torments him and ultimately threatens everything he holds dear, including his wife's precarious sanity. Written in breathless style, this page-turner relies on quick thrills, surprise twists, and an implausible reveal. Readers seeking a fast, entertaining tale might be satisfied, but others will be troubled by clich d depictions of mental illness and sexual abuse, as well as the lack of character development.
This Was a Page Turner!
I started Such Dark Things on lunch while at work and when it was time to go back to work, the book kept calling to me. Picking back up at home, I thought the silly thoughts every reader has, “I’ll just read a few chapters before bed.” A few chapters turned into finishing the book at 2:45 a.m. The told myself, “I’ll just stop when I hit the plot twist so my curiosity is satisfied.” Yea, no. When I hit the twist and my shocked gasp and beating heart could be heard in the quiet darkness, I finally said eff sleep, I can’t stop until I know how things end. Courtney knows how to screw with your mind in the BEST possible way. I’m convinced she sits at her computer, giggling, with all the ways she can mess with her readers’ heads, hearts, and feelings lol. And that’s why I continue to read her 😉
For me, this one was full of the unexpected, and things I thought I figured out turned into me knowing NOTHING! I loved seeing Corinne’s real-life struggle to unlock the secrets of her past. It was honest and authentic. I loved Jude, even when I wanted to throat punch him, because he, too, was honest and real. After finishing, I was satisfied, but I’m a greedy reader and would love to see more of Corinne and Jude. Like where are they since I left them? What’s new with them? How is life treating them? Have the demons from the past finally settled down? Such Dark Things was a jaw-dropper and I want more!