A Measure of Darkness Book Review

A Measure of Darkness Book Review

Title: A Measure of Darkness
Author: Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman
Published: July 31, 2018, Ballantine Books
No. of Pages: 352
Cover Price: $28.99 Hardcover, $14.99 Kindle

Father and son team Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman are the authors of the bestselling Clay Edison series. Edison is a deputy coroner and works closely with the police on crimes involving murder. In this second installment of the series, A Measure of Darkness, Clay is called to a party where there are gunshots fired and the dead body of a young girl is found that doesn’t seem to be connected to the party or the gunshots; she was in fact, strangled. As Clay investigates and interviews witnesses and others connected to the case, he finds inconsistencies that don’t add up.

Clay is a likeable character, and this series promises to be popular. Both Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman are excellent storytellers, and the book is well-written and well-organized. Besides his job, Clay is engaged to be married to his long-time girlfriend, and his brother is just out of prison, and causes some family havoc as he becomes engaged and involved in some financial schemes that Clay shuns. The human/family element adds to the story and makes it believable since almost everyone has family issues that come up in addition to their jobs.

Clay and the other characters are well-developed, and are believable; the scenarios are also believable and are things that could really happen. While Clay isn’t as beloved as Jonathan’s character, Alex Delaware, he may become so as the series develops in subsequent novels. This is definitely a series to watch and enjoy. It is highly recommended for thriller aficionados and also for those readers who like a bit of suspense without a lot of graphic violence.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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