You know when you’re in one of those weird funks where you’re just not sure what you want to read next? That’s where I was when I picked up Witness in the Dark by Allison B. Hanson. I had just finished an excellent contemporary romance and to get over the ‘good book hangover’ I was looking for something a bit edgier. I found it in this book. Great story, romance, action, and a male lead that is truly drool worthy. What else can a girl ask for?
This is my first book by Ms Hanson and if her other writing is of similar style I’ll certainly be checking out her other works. Writing style is a funny thing. You can get used to a style, you can grow to like it, but at the end of the day you either click with an author’s style, or you don’t. I certainly clicked with this one. The story was fast paced, the characterisations were great.
Although not a huge cast of characters, they were all well developed with their own quirks. As for the main leads they were truly likeable characters. Samantha was generally strong and independent, but completely at the mercy of her circumstances. I loved that her only real insecurity was that she was terrified of being abandoned and left to run on her own. Now Garrett, here we have perfect book boyfriend material. The man was just gorgeous and I loved his inner dialogue especially when he called himself out for being a pig, even if his intentions were good.
The suspense/action theme was there, but because we knew who was chasing our duo it wasn’t a matter of ‘who dun it’ to ‘where will they spring from next.’ It wasn’t a nail biter by any degree, but the action kept the story moving along nicely.
The only thing I question is the ‘reveal’ towards the end of the book. I won’t spoil anything, but once you read it you’ll know what I’m talking about. It kind of felt redundant. It had no real purpose other than to give Sam another connection. It had no real link to the story, its not like Sam was chased because of this connection. It just was. It certainly didn’t distract from the story, but it sort just flopped around and didn’t really accomplish anything.
But that is just a really, really minor criticism, it in no way hindered my absolute delight in this book. I couldn’t put it down, I found it a real page turner. I’d highly recommend it.
Witness in the Dark by Allison B. Hanson is available from 27 November, 2017.