ARC AUDIO BOOK: A Dark Secret Place by Jen Williams

Publication Date: June 8, 2021
Format: Audio
Genre:  Psychological Thriller
Narrators: Lorna Bennett

Publisher: Dreamscape Media                
11 hours 20 min
Buy: Kindle | Audio


When prodigal daughter Heather Evans returns to her family home after her mother's baffling suicide, she makes an alarming discovery - stacks and stacks of carefully preserved letters from notorious serial killer Michael Reave. The Red Wolf, as he was dubbed by the press, has been in prison for over 20 years, serving a life sentence for the gruesome and ritualistic murders of several women across the country, although he has always protested his innocence. The police have had no reason to listen, yet Heather isn't the only one to have cause to re-examine the murders. The body of a young woman has just been found, dismembered and placed inside a tree, the corpse planted with flowers. Just as the Red Wolf once did. 

What did Heather's mother know? Why did she kill herself? And with the monstrous Red Wolf safely locked inside a maximum-security prison, who is stalking young women now? Teaming up with DI Ben Parker, Heather hopes to get some answers for herself and for the newest victims of this depraved murderer. Yet to do that, she must speak to Michael Reave herself, and expose herself to truths she may not be ready to face. Something dark is walking in the woods, and it knows her all too well.


Thank you to and Dreamscape Media for a free copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review. 

Heather and her mother had a contentious relationship but when she returns home following her mothers suicide she discovers she may not have known her mother at all. As a woman's body is found in the woods ritualistically displayed just like a captured serial killer once did, Heather discovers letters from her mother to a man named Michael who is in prison dubbed the Red Wolf responsible for the previous murders.  Could this new murder be a copycat? As an investigative journalist Heather is determined to get to the bottom of her mothers relationship with the Red Wolf.  

Moving back and forth in time this book takes you on a wild ride.  Through twisted minds and secrets never shared The Red Wolf is the least of her worries but Heather doesn't realize that until its almost too late.  I loved the way this was written and the narrator really captured the creepiness of the landscape. As Heather peels back the layers of her mothers past she finds secrets that explain so much of why her mother was the way she was and unearths a truth that is hard to swallow.  I'm not sure if this is meant as a stand alone book or if its intended to be a series but it really could go either way.  

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