Dark Corners by Megan Goldin

Published: August 8, 2023

St. Martin’s Press

Genre: Serial Killer Thrillers

Pages: 347

KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

MEGAN GOLDIN worked as a correspondent for Reuters and other media outlets where she covered war, peace, international terrorism and financial meltdowns in the Middle East and Asia. She is now based in Melbourne, Australia where she raises three sons and is a foster mum to Labrador puppies learning to be guide dogs.

Terence Bailey is about to be released from prison for breaking and entering, though investigators have long suspected him in the murders of six women. As his release date approaches, Bailey gets a surprise visit from Maddison Logan, a hot, young influencer with a huge social media following. Hours later, Maddison disappears, and police suspect she’s been kidnapped―or worse. Is Maddison’s disappearance connected to her visit to Bailey? And why was she visiting him in the first place?

When they hit a wall in the investigation, the FBI reluctantly asks for Rachel Krall’s help in finding the missing influencer. Maddison seems to only exist on social media; she has no family, no friends, and other than in her posts, most people have never seen her. Who is she, really? Using a fake Instagram account, Rachel goes undercover to BuzzCon, a popular influencer conference, where she discovers a world of fierce rivalry that may have turned lethal.

When police find the body of a woman with a tattoo of a snake eating its tail―identical to a tattoo Rachel had seen on Bailey’s hand―the FBI must consider a chilling possibility: Bailey has an accomplice on the outside and a dangerous obsession with influencers, including Rachel Krall herself. Suddenly the target of a monster hiding in plain sight, Rachel is forced to confront the very real dangers that lurk in the dark corners of the internet.

“Dark corners can be danger points.”

Rachel gets an unexpected invitation that brings her to Florida and puts her in the middle of an influencers convention. With curiosity getting the better of her, Rachel quickly finds herself the target of a killer.

I enjoyed this storyline. The pacing was comfortable, and it was fantastic having Rachel Krall back!

I like Rachel so much. She is such a great character. I love her intelligence, kindness, drive, and sass. We meet many new characters in this book, and their personalities clash!

This was a nicely paced read. Things moved steadily enough to keep me engaged but not so quickly that I missed anything. I love how Megan writes her twists; they come out so smoothly!

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