A Dark and Secret Place by Jen Williams | Review

A Dark and Secret Place|Jen WilliamsCrooked Lane BooksPub: June 8, 2021 | Pages: 292

I really wanted to love this one. I felt like this was right up my alley.

After her mother’s suicide, Heather finds letters that prove that her mother had been corresponding for years with the Red Wold, an infamous serial killer, Michael Reave, who has been in prison for 20-years for his crimes.

After reading that premise, my hopes were pretty high! However, those hopes soon extinguished themselves. I just couldn’t get into this book, I started listening to it on Audiobook in July and just finished in December, and I felt like it was excruciating to finish.

This is an extremely slow-paced mystery, and the characters aren’t really fascinating.

The ending picked up a bit, but still, at that point, I had enough and didn’t really care anymore. I hate to say it, but this book just wasn’t for me.

Thank you to Dreamscape Media for providing me with an Audiobook version of this book via NetGalley. As usual, my reviews are my honest and unbiased opinions.


When prodigal daughter Heather Evans returns to her family home after her mother's baffling suicide, she makes an alarming discovery--stacks and stacks of carefully preserved letters from notorious serial killer Michael Reave. The "Red Wolf," as he was dubbed by the press, has been in prison for over twenty years, serving a life sentence for the gruesome and ritualistic murders of several women across the country, although he has always protested his innocence. The police have had no reason to listen, yet Heather isn't the only one to have cause to re-examine the murders. The body of a young woman has just been found, dismembered and placed inside a tree, the corpse planted with flowers. Just as the Red Wolf once did.

What did Heather's mother know? Why did she kill herself? And with the monstrous Red Wolf safely locked inside a maximum security prison, who is stalking young women now? Teaming up with DI Ben Parker, Heather hopes to get some answers for herself and for the newest victims of this depraved murderer. Yet to do that, she must speak to Michael Reave herself, and expose herself to truths she may not be ready to face. Something dark is walking in the woods, and it knows her all too well.


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