Source- Review copy/netgalley
Publication date- 5th June 2012
Synopsis- TO PROTECT THE CHILD. As a nurse and special advocate for children, Samantha Rochard is used to danger in small town Serenity, Arkansas. But when she suspects a little boy is in jeopardy from his powerful father, the danger turns on her. Her only source of protection? The handsome police officer who broke her heart five years ago. Yet after John Waltham comes to her rescue in more ways than one, Samantha must trust in him-and the Lord-to watch over her…and save one sweet little boy.
Review- Threat of Darkness is a quick read at just over 250 pages. Romantic suspense set in Arkansas that enquires into issues of child abuse and the child protection system.
Samantha Rochard comes from a background of abusive parenting and dysfunction. As an adult she becomes a CASA (advocate for children who need protection) to support children in difficult family situations. She does this in conjunction with her full-time role as a nurse. When a teenage drug addict turns up at the Hospital with a youngster who has ingested an illegal substance it sets off a series of events that requires the assistance of former lover and local detective John Waltham who has recently returned to town after a five year absence.
Sam’s life is endangered, her dog is missing, someone’s totalled her car and there’s a young boy in Hospital with suspicious bruising- yet John’s re-appearance in her life seems to have shaken her up the most.
Sam is forced to reflect on her role in their break-up and whether she is willing to risk her heart again. Sam’s a stubborn, strong-willed woman and John is sensitive but protective. I did feel that the romance sub-plot was resolved a little too quickly, though it is a short novel so that was probably inevitable.
There are some Christian themes in this story but it didn’t seem to detract my enjoyment of the story. Threat of Darkness is a quick and easy read, with some plot issues but it’s a nice way to spend a lazy afternoon.
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