A Reader's Opinion: PATH INTO DARKNESS by Lisa Alber

Updated: Feb 4, 2020



A dark and haunting mystery, PATH INTO DARKNESS by Lisa Alber is filled with troubled souls. The author paints a picture of a small village in Ireland called Lisfenora. In this town you'll meet a variety of characters, each lost or in pain: Danny Ahern who struggles emotionally and morally while his wife is in a coma, Nathan, a father with disturbing secrets in his past, Zoe, his beautiful daughter who returned home care for her ailing father, and Merrit, the outsider who finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation.

The author didn't tiptoe around the darker elements of human emotion. I was pulled in by the way she wrote the story, dropping clues here and there. I did figure out the secret before the end of the book, but that didn't make the sequence of events any less interesting. The quiet and picturesque town of Lisfenora is not all it appears to be. We're introduced to many other characters from the village who each add their own importance to the mystery and to the every-day life in Lisfenora. The author's complex and tightly-woven tale filled was filled with colloquial phrases that added an air of authenticity to the story. The author's first-hand knowledge of County Clare is evident and made the events and people seem all the more real.

PATH INTO THE DARKNESS is the third book in Lisa Alber's County Clare Mystery series, but I didn't have any trouble reading it before the first two books.

NOTE: This is dark reading, a lot of emotional, and not for the faint of heart. It is a book worth reading.


Rating: 4 Stars | Content Rating: See note. | Reviewed by: Kaylie Morgan


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A haunting tale of family secrets, madness, and healing in small-town Ireland Lisfenora is known across the British Isles for its yearly matchmaking festival. But a local man’s murder and the grim discovery in his home have cast a somber mood over the town. Detective Sergeant Danny Ahern tries to make sense of the chaotic scene while struggling to set aside moral conflicts and grief for his comatose wife. Within days, he’s plunged into even darker terrain when the investigation leads him on a collision course with the Tate family: troubled Nathan, who conceals secrets within ghastly secrets, and beautiful Zoe, the daughter he abandoned years ago. As darkness asserts its grip on Nathan, propelling him toward a tragic downfall, Danny finds himself traveling down his own dark path between life and death.


Mystery/Thriller | August 8, 2017 | 384pp | Publisher: Midnight Ink

Format Read: E-Book | Source: Provided by the publisher via NetGalley



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