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Dark Country: Songs of Love and Murder - Gripping and addictive page turning horror crime (Georgina O'Neil Book 2) by [Laws, Darren E]
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Dark Country: Songs of Love and Murder - Gripping and addictive page turning horror crime (Georgina O'Neil Book 2) Kindle Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
Book 2 of 2 in Georgina O'Neil (2 Book Series)

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"I was enthralled by the riveting characters and story lines, from beginning to end..." -Marcilene's Fan Zone

About the Author

Darren E. Laws is the author of Turtle Island, the first Georgina O'Neil novel, and Tripping.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1617 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Caffeine Nights Publishing (6 Nov. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00NGQYMH2
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #305,325 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
It took me a little while to get into this novel, mainly because it jumps about quite a bit between the past and the present – sometimes within the same chapter. However, once I got into the rhythm and style of the writing, I became engrossed in the story itself, which is anything but predictable.

Starting off as a simple investigation into one case of murder and two cases of abduction, Dark Country soon develops into a story of revenge, cleverly weaving the backstories of the two main protagonists into the fabric of the compelling storyline.

Georgina O’Neil is an emotionally conflicted central character, often given to irrational and ill-considered action. Her father is Assistant Director Wynan O’Neil, her superior at the FBI and a member of the panel overseeing her misconduct hearing. Disapproving of his second marriage to a much younger woman, following the death of her mother, Georgina is even more troubled on discovering her stepmother is pregnant. A rift develops between the previously close father and daughter – a rift Wynan is desperate to heal.

As she spends more time with Leroy, their feelings begin to go beyond close friendship, although neither will admit or act on it. Leroy is also a troubled soul. Having recently broken up with his former lover, Lia, he is trying to reconcile the fact he still loves her with his growing attraction to Georgina. This conflict is continued throughout the story, only to be resolved when it is too late. Personally, I found the simmering tension between them, and their failure to acknowledge it, left me wanting to bang their heads together. Life is too short for that amount of romantic dithering.
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Format: Paperback
Aptly titled, this is a very dark and complex thriller involving three generations of a country and western singing family. It is up to FBI agent Georgina O'Neil and PI Leroy La Portiere to find Susan Dark, the latest woman to be kidnapped, and to discover why the women in this family are being targeted. It's compelling, tense reading. Violence, physical and mental illness, complicated family relationships - there is a lot going on. I enjoyed the journey but felt slightly disappointed by the end. Were there just too many plot twists? A good read nevertheless.
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Darren E Laws has a worthy voice in the crime genre. With 'Dark Country' as my introduction to his writing, I am convinced he tells an interesting story as he nimbly weaves sub-plots and plot-twists around all his characters.

Perpetrators, victims and investigators are offered a depth of character regularly over-looked by other authors. Georgina and Leroy, the main characters in this book, are personable and multi-dimensional, the supporting cast are relevant to their roles and some could easily be the seeds of future projects. While the 'Dark County' story in itself is very interesting, the characters, particularly the leads, are enough to propel the narrative and encourage further reading.

The 'Dark Country' plot is exciting and varied. The multi-era, multi-crime storyline is knitted in a functional way so the reader is constantly aware which portion of the story is being offered. Other similar books I've read have at some points left me wondering why the sub-plot continues after its purpose is revealed, where the sub-plots in 'Dark Country' remain valid thoughout the book. Ample thought has been given to the plot twists and the revelation of each twist and turn in this story left me wondering thoughout about the conclusion - this is not the type of book where you can guess the ending from the half-way point.

Having not (yet) read 'Turtle Island' some mention (mainly in the initial chapters) to previous events may have reduced impact for me that it would have to others who knew the history. I didn't feel the need to put down 'Dark Country' to read 'Turtle Island' first, While I think it may offer an additional understanding in some respects, I don't feel like I've missed any of the 'Dark Country' story for it.

I enjoyed Darren Laws' 'Dark Country' novel and would recommend it.
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After enjoying Turtle Island, the first book in this series, I had high expectations for Dark Country... I wasn’t disappointed.
Country singer Susan Dark is about to release a new album, but as she begins to delve into the mystery of her grandmother’s death and her mother’s disappearance, she sets off a horrific chain of events. Meanwhile FBI agent Georgina O’Neil is fighting personal battles of her own.
With a story spanning three time frames and with numerous key characters this could have been overcomplicated, but instead the author creates a twisted tale built upon layers of ingenious plotting and lures the reader in. As the story swings pendulum like between POV/time shifts, the tension is hiked further, building to a shocking cinematic finale in the dark woods of Washington DC.
Make no mistake there is darkness and violence, but chilling characters and graphic murder scenes rub shoulders with some very poignant emotional moments and this makes for a story with great depth. I couldn’t put this book down and read it over two days. Despite being an avid crime/thriller reader I was kept guessing, it’s great when that happens, it kept me hooked to the end...and beyond. Now looking forward to the next one!
Recommended.
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