A Reader's Opinion: SHARES THE DARKNESS by J.R. Lindermuth

Updated: Feb 4, 2020



Jan Kepler goes missing and is found dead. It's now up to Swatara Creek Police Officer Flora Vastine to find out what happened. SHARES THE DARKNESS by J.R. Lindermuth blends mystery into the lives of the people of Swatara Creek with deep emotion. Each character, minor and major, play an integral part to how the mystery surrounding Jan's death unfolds. Between an illegal timber operation and uncovering clues to Jan's death, Flora Vastine and the police department are barely treading water. The problem is, Flora has a past, and her past is making it difficult for her to remain objective. I was pulled out of the story a few times in sections that need some polish, but the author pulled me back in with the unfolding mystery. I became interested in the characters from the beginning and was kept guessing as new clues emerged.

It's clear that J.R. Lindermuth knows how to spin a tale. Multiple plots and a cast of well-developed characters makes SHARES THE DARKNESS an enjoyable read for mystery lovers.


Rating: 3 1/2 Stars | Content Rating: 2 Hearts | Reviewed by: Kaylie Morgan


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Jan Kepler and Swatara Creek Police Officer Flora Vastine were neighbors and schoolmates, but never close. When Jan, a school teacher, avid birder and niece of a fellow officer, goes missing and is found dead in a nearby tract of woods, Flora finds herself thrust into the middle of an examination of the other woman's life, as she searches for clues. As usual, the police have more than one crime to deal with. There's illegal timbering and a series of vehicle thefts taking up their time.And there are other issues to deal with. Flora is concerned there's some shakiness in her relationship with Cpl. Harry Minnich, who seems to be making a lot of secretive phone calls. Still, Flora maintains focus on the murder, and despite evidence implicating other suspects, the odd behavior of another former classmate rouses Flora's suspicion. Flora's probing opens personal wounds, as she observes the cost of obsessive love and tracks down the killer.


Genre: Mystery/Thriller |September 13, 2016 | 202pp | Publisher: Torrid Books

Format Read: E-Book | Source: Provided by the author or publisher


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