Book Review & Excerpt | The Darkness We Hide by Debra Webb

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Book Description

In the thrilling conclusion to The Undertaker’s Daughter series, THE DARKNESS WE HIDE, Doctor Rowan Dupont has been staring death in the face for so long, she’s willing to meet it for the secrets it holds. Death has followed her back to her hometown of Winchester, Tennessee, ten months ago, cloaking the walls of her family’s Victorian funeral home like a shroud. In investigating the mysterious deaths of her loved ones, Rowan has unearthed enough family secrets to bury everything she’d previously thought true. But each shocking discovery has only led to more bodies and more questions; the rabbit hole is deeper than she ever imagined.

Despite settling into a comfortable life with Police Chief Billy Brannigan, Rowan knows dangerous serial killer Julian Addington is still out there. She can’t let her guard down now. Not when she’s this close to ending it once and for all. But with a storm brewing on the horizon, she’ll get only one shot before the impending darkness takes hold, threatening to wipe away every truth she’s uncovered—and everything she holds dear.

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Author: Debra Webb
ISBN: 9780778309475
Publication Date: March 31, 2020
Publisher: MIRA Books

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My Review

Tessa Talks Books rating: Rave

Favorite Character: Charlotte

Charlotte has it all together, and she’s not afraid of anything.  She keeps the funeral home running while Rowan deals with a serial killer, discovering her family history, and love.  She doesn’t let Rowan out of her sight, filling the role of protector even though it could cost her everything to do so.

What I Loved

I love the suspense that never lets up.  Through twists and turns and murder after murder, I was on the edge of my seat from beginning to end.  It’s a book that is so exciting I didn’t want to put it down.  From the first chapter, I knew I was reading a story about a serial killer who was responsible for the death of the main character’s mother, and his daughter was responsible for the death of the main character’s sister.  How could a situation like that be anything other than thrilling?

I loved how the past unfolded in small bits and pieces.  There wasn’t a big mind-blowing reveal. Instead, I enjoyed the smaller reveal approach as Rowan learned more and more about her mother and her family.  Each reveal was jaw-dropping and kept the pages turning faster and faster.

The story explored many aspects of serial killer mentality – from a killer collective to communities of killers who hold killer parties.  These parties are horrifying and beyond belief. 

I found the idea of a killer collective – not a kill club – but a group of vigilantes who are serial killers themselves and killed other serial killers intriguing—sort of like killers policing their own.  I haven’t seen this type of plot device before, and it just added another layer of suspense to an already thrilling story.

I loved the ending.  It was surprisingly satisfying, but of course, I can’t say more for fear of spoiling it for you.

To Read or Not to Read

This story has all the twists and turns, surprising reveals, and suspense any lover of the genre could want.  It ticks off all the boxes and then adds a few boxes of its own and ticks those off too.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author

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Twitter: @DebraWebbAuthor
Instagram: @DebraEWebb
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Debra Webb is the award-winning, USA Today bestselling author of more than 130 novels, including reader favorites the Faces of Evil, the Colby Agency, and the Shades of Death series. With more than four million books sold in numerous languages and countries, Debra’s love of storytelling goes back to her childhood on a farm in Alabama. Visit Debra at
or write to her at PO Box 176, Madison, AL 35758.

5 Replies to “Book Review & Excerpt | The Darkness We Hide by Debra Webb”

  1. Sheesh, just reading your review was a thriller. The book sounds like one that would keep me turning pages and forgetting to eat and sleep. Great review, Tessa. I hope you’re doing well and reading up a storm during this strange and tragic time. 🙂

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    1. Thank you. I am reading up a storm and still getting food to the economically challenged – keeping my distance, wearing gloves, and disinfecting lots. NC hasn’t been hit as hard as some other states but I live near Charlotte which is a medium-size city, so staying safe 🙂

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      1. Trips to the grocery store feel weird, but everyone is being really cautious and patient. Thank you for playing such a critical role in your community. ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

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