A Whisper in the Dark

A Whisper in the Dark

by Linda Castillo

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"An author at the top of her game,"(All About Romance) Linda Castillo has become renowned for her nail-biting novels of romantic suspense. Now she delivers an electrifying thriller about forbidden desire—and a secret that could mean one woman’s demise...

Until now, no one has suspected the truth about down-to-earth bookseller Julia Wainright. But the arrival of six threatening letters indicates someone has discovered her secret—and wants her to pay for her sins...

Ever since he accidentally killed a fellow officer, ex-cop John Merrick has been tormented by the mistakes of his past. Now, called upon to repay a favor, he will do anything to keep Julia Wainright safe. To do that, though, he’ll first have to figure out what the gypsy-eyed beauty is hiding...

As the threats escalate, Julia and John must find a way to trust each other. Because if they don’t, a twisted stalker will make sure all the gruesome things he’s promised will come true...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440623783
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2006
Series: Berkley Sensation Series
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 98,503
File size: 685 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Linda Castillo has published 30 books for three New York publishing houses and won numerous industry awards, including a nomination by the International Thriller Writers for best hardcover, the Golden Heart, the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, and a nomination for the prestigious RITA. Her debut thriller, Sworn to Silence, garnered starred reviews from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist—and spent four weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. The following books in the series also hit the New York Times and USA Today lists and became international bestsellers. Sworn to Silence was adapted into a two-hour original movie re-titled as An Amish Murder and starring Neve Campbell as Kate Burkholder. Castillo resides in Texas with her husband, two rescued blue heelers, and two Appaloosa horses.

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Whisper in the Dark 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Chicago a ton of Bolivian cocaine just made it to the south side with police detective John Merrick ready to insure the poison went no further. However, when a man points a shot gun at him, John shoots only to learn he killed undercover DEA Agent Franklin Watts. Unable to let go of the guilt, John leaves the force and moves to New Orleans though he is exonerated by Internal Affairs as a misfortunate friendly fire incident. In New Orleans Julia Wainwright owns and operates the Book Merchant antique bookstore. She recently has received six creepy letters printed on a laser but in olde English that seem threatening to her and her sister Claudia. Julia believes the writer knows her secret that she penned a novel under the pseudonym Elisabeth de Haviland so as not to embarrass her father, religious icon Benjamin. The siblings are scared because they know the creeper is nearby. Claudia informs their father who asks John to keep his daughter safe. He agrees though he wonders how he will perform, but quickly concludes that Julia is hiding a secret from him and that he is falling in love with her. --- This exciting romantic suspense is filled with tension as John feels he cannot do the job as he cannot touch a gun since the Watts death, but also believes that his beloved Julia is in danger from a stalker, but not sure why. The culprit seems more of a caricature of a lunatic religious fanatic unable to accept mortal sins for himself and his chosen one. Still the tension he brings with his persecution of Julia make for a fine thriller as John hopes that love enables him to do whatever, even kill, to keep his beloved safe. --- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my first book by this author, and it won't be my last. I'm looking forward to reading more from her.
Darla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bookstore owner Julia Wainwright has been receiving threatening notes, and knows she can no longer ignore them, but she's hesitant to go to the police because it's become obvious to her that they're related to her secret: the preacher's daughter writes erotic romance.Her father gets wind of the notes and, concerned that his position is responsible for the threat, asks ex-cop John Merrick to protect her.John quit the force when, during a drug bust, he shot and killed an undercover DEA officer. Since then, he's been unable to pick up his gun, and has been sliding further and further into the bottle.John's journey is very well described. His guilt and his attempts to quiet it with alcohol are real, as is his depression. The way his interest in Julia and his concern for her prompts him to begin to crawl out of the hole he's dug for himself, particularly the fact that it's not a simple, straightforward change, is utterly convincing.I was less happy with Julia. Her fear was real, but... and this is entirely personal preference--not a reflection on the writing... I was irritated by the notion that writing romance was something to be ashamed of, and that irritation made me less sympathetic toward the character.I was also unhappy with the bad guy. I could believe that someone's wacko enough to want to kill someone for writing sex scenes, but in a romantic suspense book, I want more. In particular, I'd have liked it explained better how he came across the book in the first place. The coincidence was especially hard to swallow--it's not like there are hardly any erotic romances out there.And a bitty nit: Julia's explanation to John of what "erotic literature" is was insulting to both the character and to the reader. It's not an obscure term.Despite my complaints, A Whisper in the Dark was a solid romantic suspense read.
reneebooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
John Merrick is a former cop still haunted by memories of the night he accidently killed a fellow officer. But my favorite character is the heroine, Julia Wainwright. She owns a bookstore (YES!) AND writes erotic romance (YES, YES!) and is determinedly independent. What's not to love? Julia's problem is that she writes under a pseudonym and is now receiving letters from a crazy stalker. Julia writes in secret because she doesn't want to embarrass her father, a well known religious leader. Her father hires John, a family friend, to beef up her security and protect her from the stalker. The action was fast paced and the suspense was intriguing but the hero was not much of a hero to me. He was tormented by nightmares of the accident and like many cops seemed to be handling his problem with booze. He was supposed to be protecting Julia but was getting drunk every night and left her unprotected. John works through a lot of internal demons but eventually I'm convinced they get their HEA, but just barely. (Grade: B)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was very disappointed in this book. It was not up to the high standards of her previous books!
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