Into the Dark by Alison Gaylin is the second book in the Brenna Spector novels. This book delves deeper into the main characters, while still providing the detective work that Brenna is known for. Enjoyable, fun, and captivating.
That's the question that haunts Brenna Spector when she first sees footage of missing webcam performer Lula Belle. Naked but hidden in shadow, the "performance artist" shares her deepest, darkest secrets with her unseen male audience . . . secrets that, to Brenna, are chillingly familiar.
Brenna has perfect memory, able to recall in astonishing detail every moment of every day of her adult life. But her childhood—those carefree years before the traumatic disappearance of her sister, Clea—is frustratingly vague. When Brenna listens to the stories Lula Belle tells her audience, stories only Brenna and Clea could know, those years come to life again in vivid detail. Convinced the missing internet performer has ties to her sister, Brenna takes the case—and in her quest for Lula Belle unravels a web of obsession, sex, guilt, and murder that could regain her family . . . or cost her life.” – Into the Dark
Into the Dark is the type of book in the series that you don’t have to read in order, but it is of course better if you do. I just finished reading “And She Was” which I enjoyed, but this one was much more enjoyable for me. The main characters of Brenna, her partner, and her sister were fleshed out in more detail to make for a more personal and interesting read.
In this book, Brenna takes on the case of a missing webcam “performer” who goes by Lula Belle. When she listens to the stories that Lula was telling, it seems familiar… like she has those memories, too. Could this missing webcam performer know more about her sister? Well, you’ll have to read it to find out, but it is a suspenseful and enjoyable read while discovering what happened!
I love how the author is able to capture your attention from the beginning of her novels and actually keep it right up to the ending. If you enjoy detective work and novels full of suspense, this is definitely a series you want to read! I highly recommend it.
* Thank you to the publisher of Into the Dark, Harper, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.