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Review of Dark River Inn (Trouble Spirits #1)

Blurb: Inspired by a chilling true story...

It’s the day of his ex-wife’s wedding when Dan makes the winding mountain journey to a remote cabin for an escape from the life that another man has stepped into.

Less than 48 hours into his reprieve, the forest tranquility is shattered when he looks through a telescope and witnesses the violent abduction of a young woman.

Dan springs into action, but there’s no evidence of an abduction nor reports of a missing woman.

That is, until Dan sees the missing person’s poster for Ivy Trent.

He’s sure it’s the woman he saw get kidnapped just days before. There's only one problem. Ivy disappeared ten years ago.

Review: Dan is a police detective suspended for getting too personal with his case of a missing girl. He travels to his brother's cabin looking to wind down, but he finds himself tangled in the cold case of another missing girl. He sees a vision through a telescope of a crime which happened ten years ago, and as he digs into Ivy Trent's disappearance, what he uncovers could get him killed too.

This is the first book in the paranormal thriller series, Troubled Spirits. The writing itself is very good. Excellent details but they don't bog you down, and a perfect pace that doesn't loses tension. It's much more suited to the crime thriller genre than the paranormal/horror one. It wasn't scary enough to give me goosebumps, but as a crime thriller, I really enjoyed it. Make no mistake that Dan is a flawed character, but he still wants to do what is right. I wasn't a fan of him for most of the book, and I would have liked to see more into his mind of why he gets so obsessed with cases. I liked the cast of characters and the line of suspects. I would have liked to see more of the Dark River Inn. I felt it could have made for a great character itself. A few nice twists, and while I did guess who the murderer was, it was a fun ride getting there.

You can find J.R. Erickson on her site and buy the book here.

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