by D. A. Bale
published by author
Why Read?: Review
Challenges: Self-Published, 100 Books in a Year
Running Into the Darkness is an intense thriller. D. A. Bale really packs in a lot of action and intrigue.
After a major run-in with her boss during her second year of residency, Samantha Bartlett welcomes to the chance to get away. Unfortunately, her reason for going away is the death of her grandmother who raised her since her parents' flight was blown up as she, a five-year-old at the time, watched. However, she no longer feels safe in her childhood home as a mysterious man with sunglasses seems to be following her. When they finally meet, her turns her world completely upside down, and Samantha is not sure at all about the new direction.
Bale has created a very kick-ass heroine in Samantha, but unfortunately, I never connected with her, making it very difficult to get lost in Running Into the Darkness. Detective Joe Roberts, Samantha's childhood friend, was a much more relate-able character, and the scenes with him seemed to pack more punch.
As D. A. Bale's debut, Running Into the Darkness is not a bad attempt at suspense and a strong female lead. I just need the character connection within all the action to ramp it up a notch.