Psychological, Suspense, Thriller

Review: Such Dark Things by Courtney Evan Tate

From New York Times bestseller Courtney Cole, writing as Courtney Evan Tate, comes the psychological thriller that will keep readers up turning pages long into the night, SUCH DARK THINGS! “Written in breathless style, this page-turner relies on quick thrills, surprise twists…[for] readers seeking a fast entertaining tale…”(Publishers Weekly). Grab your copy of SUCH DARK THINGS today!

A HORRIFIC RECURRING NIGHTMARE IS THREATENING TO STEAL HER SANITY…

Dr. Corinne Cabot is living the American dream. She’s a successful ER physician in Chicago who’s married to a handsome husband. Together they live in a charming house in the suburbs. But appearances can be deceiving—and what no one can see is Corinne’s dark past. Troubling gaps in her memory mean she recalls little about a haunting event in her life years ago that changed everything.

She remembers only being in the house the night two people were found murdered. Her father was there, too. Now her father is in prison; she hasn’t been in contact in years. Repressing that terrifying memory has caused Corinne moments of paranoia and panic. Sometimes she thinks she sees things that aren’t there, hears words that haven’t been spoken. Or have they? She fears she may be losing her mind, unable to determine what’s real and what’s not.

So when she senses her husband’s growing distance, she thinks she’s imagining things. She writes her suspicions off to fatigue, overwork, anything to explain what she can’t accept—that her life really isn’t what it seems.

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5 stars

Psychological Fiction | Suspense | Thriller

Well shit comrades, I am absolutely speechless right now. Seriously – Such Dark Things have rendered me in such a dubious stupor. It has been a good while since any thriller or psychological fiction has laid across my lap and left me completely bewildered, I am almost in shock at what I just read I am still trying to wrap my mind around it all. 

Comparing this to Girl on the Train is not even close to the whirlwind of suspense, in all honesty as I started diving into the novel, turning page by page I really got a Poison Ivy movie feel. For those who have seen this iconic 90’s movie is definitely picking up the vibes I am putting down, because comrades it is bone chilling. This is DEFINITELY the comparison I would go with, if any and honestly it is on an entire different spectrum of fucked up. 

Whew – there I said that. I had to get that out of the way before I really dived deep into this review… because it is a cluster fuck of emotions and I am still reeling from it!

For starters, this is told from two different time frames from two perspectives all leading up to the truth. Ultimately we are leading up to one fateful day – Halloween. Both from Jude and Corinne’s POVs of the events they experienced both at one time to the present. I don’t know why, but I feel that this is always the best set up for the building of the atmosphere for a goosebumps effect type suspense. It really sets the tone. Getting a glimpse, unlocking the story as they do, definitely no person is as they appear…

Corinne is definitely troubled, though she is stable on her exterior personality, obviously in charge, goal oriented with her job (she is perfection… on the outside) yet she is slowly crumbling on the inside. A lot of which has to do with her past, her father being the biggest problem. Covering up her past, building this seemingly perfect life is rushing towards her like a deer in headlights. Things really started to escalate as she notices things changing around her, the panic sets in that people are there but really ‘are they there’ kind of factors all the while Jude is pulling away. She is completely in love with Jude, yet realizes the faults in their marriage at this point are manly her being so neglectful…

Obviously you see where this could be going, so just know that I did adore Jude. Even as the story really unfolds of what he is hiding verses protecting, it is down right surreal. You want to trust him, hate him, love him; he isn’t completely at fault yet he is a problem. But I adored his character. By the end, I was bawling for his character, out right tears flooded my eyes for him. 

Supporting characters were also a key element in the thriller build. Everyone to the restaurant with Zoe, then to the church with Jude’s twin brother Michel, Lucy who is Corinne’s co-worker – everyone had a placement. As the webs of each relationship started unwinding it was beyond bone crippling to see if all unfold. All aiding in the suspense of the truth – what really happened when Corinne was a child, and why is it affecting her now?

Bottom line, I have seen many individuals say this is a love story, or this is a suspenseful thriller, psychological fiction or it even as a spice of erotica… honestly it is all of that and so much more. Scary how it is so much more than this. It was a trippy whirlwind of webs that cannot be described enough without giving away the end play, and even though I had my hunches, holy shit I did not see that coming around full circle in the way that it did, not in the least. Absolutely phenomenal, hair standing up, chills down my spine delicious. It was a heart pounding page turner, once I got started I could not put it down. 

Highly recommend giving this book a go – Courtney did a stunning job with beguiling me in this thriller that left me conflicted, disturbed, chilled beyond reason and above all satisfied.

Grab your copy of SUCH DARK THINGS here!

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“Fans of domestic thrillers with an unreliable narrator will gobble this one up…Recommended for all thriller/suspense collections.”
–Booklist

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About Courtney Evan Tate:

Courtney Evan Tate is the nom de plume for New York Times bestselling author, Courtney Cole. Courtney Evan Tate is her darker side… the side that explores shadowy places.

Courtney lives in Florida with her husband and kids. She has a passion for raising drug addiction awareness, the Marine Corp (her middle son is a Marine) and being introspective on the human condition.

To learn more about her, you can visit www.courtneycolewrites.com.

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