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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Mira; Original edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778313204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778313205
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A DEEPER DARKNESS is not only a compelling thriller but a multilayered meditation on grief and loss. Dr. Samantha Owens is a forensic investigator with heart and soul and this is the start of a most promising new series for rising star JT Ellison."-New York Times bestselling author Jeff Abbot

"Fans of intelligently written, intricately crafted thrillers should definitely check out J.T. Ellison's latest Taylor Jackson novel, 14. Fusing gritty cop drama with dark psychological thriller, Ellison distinguishes herself with exceptional character development, consistently breakneck pacing and a sense of authenticity throughout."

-Chicago Tribune

"Mystery fiction has a new name to watch."

-John Connolly

"Ellison gets her Hitchcock on...just plain messing with her characters' heads until the superbly explosive end. Not to be missed!" – Lisa Gardner on Where All the Dead Lie

"Combines The Silence of the Lambs with The Wire."
-January Magazine on The Cold Room

"What J.T. Ellison has done with the city in her award-winning Taylor Jackson books is magnificent... Lovers of mystery and suspense fiction could not ask for more."
-Bookreporter

"Outstanding... The police procedural details never get in the way of the potent characterization and clever plotting, and Ellison systematically cranks up the intensity all the way to the riveting ending."

-Publishers Weekly, starred review on The Immortals

"Darkly compelling and thoroughly chilling, with rich characterization and a well-layered plot, All the Pretty Girls is everything a great crime thriller should be."
-Allison Brennan

About the Author

J.T. Ellison is the international award-winning author of seven critically acclaimed novels, multiple short stories and has been published in over twenty countries. A former White House staffer, she has worked extensively with the Metro Nashville Police, the FBI and various other law enforcement organizations to research her novels. She lives in Nashville with her husband and a poorly trained cat, and is hard at work on her next novel. Visit JTEllison.com for more insight into her wicked imagination, or follow her on Twitter @Thrillerchick.

More About the Author

J.T. Ellison is the New York Times bestselling author of ten critically acclaimed novels, multiple short stories and has been published in over twenty countries. Her novel THE COLD ROOM won the ITW Thriller Award for Best Paperback Original of 2010 and WHERE ALL THE DEAD LIE was a RITA® Nominee for Best Romantic Suspense of 2012. She lives in Nashville with her husband and the ghost of a poorly trained cat, and is hard at work on her next novel. Visit JTEllison.com for more insight into her wicked imagination, or follow her on Twitter @Thrillerchick.

Customer Reviews

This is the first book of a new series by J.T. Ellison.
Catherine
The story itself is fast paced with enough twists and turns to keep me guessing almost to the end of the book.
Cheryl Stout
The plot was well developed, and the characters were very human.
Dellavine

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Catalano on May 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
Being a huge fan of J.T. Ellison's "Taylor Jackson" series I wondered if she could pull it off with a spin-off focusing on Taylor's best friend, Dr. Samantha Owens, Nashville's Chief Forensic Examiner.

The answer is "Oh yes, she sure can".

Having her whole world torn apart 2 years earlier, Sam receives a call from a very dear friend from her past, the mother of a former love Eddie Donovan. Eddie dies suddenly and mysteriously and she asks Sam to come and perform a second autopsy on him because she is not convinced of the circumstances surrounding his death.

Once arriving in Washington, Sam's life becomes a whirlwind of non-stop action and suspense as she tries to piece together the events leading up to Eddie's death.

This novel had me glued to the pages from beginning to end and I wasn't ready for the story to be over when I arrived at the last page.
I hope it is the first book of a "Dr. Samantha Owens" series.

Bravo J.T. you've done it again!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Cogito Ergo Sum on September 6, 2012
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I will state first that I have great admiration for any author who can write a mystery/thriller and have the book published (I believe "good" mysteries/thrillers take more talent and imagination to write than mainstream fiction), so congratulations to Ms. Ellison.

This book I cannot recommend. The protagonist is a bundle of contradictions. At the same time, she came across to me as quite pathetic, not very likeable, certainly in no way to be admired or pitied, and with a woe-is-me guilt obsession that results in her victimization as a sufferer of an OCD neurosis (the ubiquitous in books hand-washing obsession-compulsion) - woe-is-me. It took the author until the very end of the book to describe the "catastrophe" that drove the guilt and the neurosis. In fact, to any practical person, this catastrophe, as a causative factor, just didn't make much sense. The reason for her feelings of guilt was lame and shallow, and for a highly educated forensic pathologist, as she was depicted, it didn't seem reasonable that she would embrace such a high level of guilt.

The woman heroine was poorly developed as a character. One minute she's on her knees begging the Detective in the murder investigation to let her contribute, and a few pages later she's ignoring his phone calls. Also, other central characters kept coming to her, or searching her out, as a person in whom to confide or someone who could render assistance in eliminating that specific character's turmoil. This was a quite odd phenomenon, as the central female character was never shown to have any special talents, skills, knowledge specific to the case (having known the key victim 15-years ago with no affiliation interlude), or investigative powers.
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Disappointing. I really wanted to like this first book featuring a character from the Taylor Jackson series, Dr. Samantha Owens. She's -- naturally with novels in this genre -- a beautiful, brilliant, damaged, sensitive, forensic pathologist. This woman has lost her husband and twins in an incident that the author teases us with but never explains until toward the end of the book. I wanted to scream -- GET TO IT ALREADY. OK so she's fragile and obviously has some issues with her OCD handwashing and mantra. I didn't really find her sympathetic, however, and mostly was irritated when she managed to insert herself into a police investigation when called to give a second opinion autopsy on a former lover's death. The descriptions of the forensic pathology were actually very limited as most of the time Samantha was either angsting or sleuthing as police did an investigation. All of a sudden she goes from pathologist to police sidekick and investigator -- unbelievable and predictable from there. No surprises.

Why in the world do many authors create this unbelievable and unrealistic female character who attracts every man who sees her and then put her into a romantic liaison with the most "manly" of those?

The story flipped back and forth in point of view and the villain was easy to pick out right away.

I'm going to try one more in this series, Edge of Black, hoping for more medical and less romance. I really want a gritty, realistic female forensic heroine to read about who is doing her JOB - not some femme fatale gallivanting around solving crimes in the field.
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I hadn't read any of Ellison's books before "A Deeper Darkness" but I will soon be remedying that. This is a mystery thriller written the way it's supposed to be written.

Strong character development - I soon felt like I knew the main protagonist, Dr. Samantha Owens, and cheered her on and grieved with her. Secondary characters were fleshed out well, too. I liked the love interest but also liked Fletcher and especially Lurch.

The story itself is fast paced with enough twists and turns to keep me guessing almost to the end of the book. I ended up staying up all night finishing the book - and I'm not complaining. It was worth it. I especially liked the military aspects of the book, with many of the main characters of the story being Army Rangers.

A flood, friendly fire, PTSD, a car jacking?, a diary written in Latin, a bit of OCD behavior, old loves, new romantic interests, autopsies, Rangers dying everywhere, an illegitimate daughter, a mountain hermit...all tied together in a rip roaring fine book.

I have already got an Advanced Reading Copy of Edge of Black and am going to be reading it next. It's snowing outside and I have a good book to read. Life is good!

My only complaint was the formatting on the Kindle version. The story was bunched together, making it a bit more difficult to read.
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