Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Review - Edge of Black by JT Ellison

Book Summary

Dr. Samantha Owens is starting over: new city, new job, new man, new life. But before she's even unpacked her office at Georgetown University's forensic pathology department, she's called to consult on a case that's rocked the capital and the country. An unknown pathogen released into the Washington Metro has caused nationwide panic. Three people died—just three.
Amid the media frenzy and Homeland Security alarm bells, Sam painstakingly dissects the lives of those three victims and makes an unsettling conclusion. This is no textbook terrorist, but an assassin whose motive is deeply personal and far from understandable.
Xander Whitfield, a former army ranger and Sam's new boyfriend, knows about seeing the world in shades of gray. About feeling compelled to do the wrong thing for the right reasons. Only his disturbing kinship with a killer can lead Sam to the truth...and once more into the line of fire.

My Review - 4 1/2

I think JT Ellison has officially became my favourite investigative thriller author and to think the first book I read by her I wasn't impressed, so glad I tried again.  She gives me everything I want now.  The feeling of being on the edge and can't read fast enough to know how it will end.  Allowing the reader to be part of the investigation as clues are revealed.  Really great characters who you begin to connect with and look forward to seeing more of. There are always connections which highlights how small our world really is, I find this so true and exciting.

The Edge of Black is the 2nd book in the series of Dr. Samantha Owen, a Forensic Pathologist.  This book begins with an unknown environment attack in the Metro system and a student falls ill while Samantha is teaching.  They rush her to the hospital when all hell breaks loose, is this a terrorist attack.  Many are sick and in the hospital but only 3 die, how is this possible?  I enjoyed the investigation on finding out if the 3 are connected and how.  

We get to know unknown groups in the underworld, tech hackers, groups that many would consider cults and those that live the clean life, away from all.  Samantha's new lover, Xander, is one and he has his own way of helping the investigation.  Book 1 is about Samantha losing her family, helping to investigate a murder of a friend and meeting Xander.

This book is told from the voices of Samantha, Xander and an old friend Detective Darren Fletcher, they are not officially a team and always banter with who is in charge and who and when should they reveal delicate information for the investigation but also their own safety.   I liked that this book felt like it could happen today which is quite scary.  I think we would be amazed at how many people are out to damage the government in any way possible and how many are ready to try to continue living when the world is vulnerable and possibly ending. 

We first met Samantha in the Taylor series by JT Ellison but I love these one's a little more.  I would start with A Deeper Darkness.  I highly recommend this to fans of thrillers, crime/police procedural and suspense fans. Also those that used to love Patricia Cornwell, give this series a try.  A 5 star series, I need to read book 4, I don't know how I read out of order.

Samantha Owen Series for JT Ellison

A Deeper Darkness (Book 1) I didn't review 4 1/2 stars
Edge of Black (Book 2)
When Shadows Fall (Book 3 ) My Review 5 star  (I read out of order)
What Lies Beyond (Book 4)


  1. This is an author that I've meant to try. She has a couple of series, right - and they kind of blend or have some of the same characters? That's what I remember. This character sounds interesting. Will keep it in mind for sure.

  2. It sounds like I need to try some Ellison!

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