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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (413 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. T. Ellison Narrator: Joyce Bea Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dr. Samantha Owens Series Release Date:
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As a medical examiner, Samantha Owens knows her job is to make a certain sense of death with crisp methodology and precision instruments.

But the day the Tennessee floods took her husband and children, the light vanished from Sam’s life. She has been pulled into a suffocating grief no amount of workaholic ardor can penetrate—until she receives a peculiar call from Washington, DC.

On the other end of the line is an old boyfriend’s mother, asking Sam to do a second autopsy on her son. Eddie Donovan is officially the victim of a vicious carjacking, but under Sam’s sharp eye the forensics tell a darker story. The ex-Ranger was murdered, though not for his car.

Forced to confront the burning memories and feelings about yet another loved one killed brutally, Sam loses herself in the mystery contained within Donovan’s old notes. It leads her to the untouchable Xander, a soldier off-grid since his return from Afghanistan, and then to a series of brutal crimes stretching from that harsh mountainous war zone to this nation’s capital.

The tale told between the lines makes it clear that nobody’s hands are clean, and that making sense of murder sometimes means putting yourself in the crosshairs of death.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A gut-wrenching tale that rings with emotional resonance and heart amidst the thrills, A Deeper Darkness ranks as Ellison’s best book yet. Her amazing streak of great thrillers continues.”

    Romantic Times (Top Pick)

  • “While the newest bead in Ellison’s string of superlative works, it’s her most ambitious—and clearly best—book to date. Ellison once again demonstrates a wide range of expert knowledge of forensics and, in this case, insider knowledge of the governmental environs of Washington, DC…If A Deeper Darkness is the launch point for a second series, Ellison should have no problem attracting readers to both.”


  • “[A] scintillating first in a new forensic series…The suspenseful plot takes many a twist and turn before reaching its startling conclusion.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Shocking suspense, compelling characters, and fascinating forensic details. When it comes to fast-paced thrillers, J. T. Ellison always has her game on.”

    Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Catch Me

  • A Deeper Darkness has everything I love in a thriller: stunning twists and shocks, fascinating forensics, and heroines I deeply cared about. J. T. Ellison is one of the best writers in the game.”

    Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of the Rizzoli and Isles series

  • A Deeper Darkness is not only a compelling thriller but a multilayered meditation on grief and loss. Dr. Samantha Owens is a forensic investigator with heart and soul and this is the start of a most promising new series for rising star J. T. Ellison.”

    Jeff Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of Adrenaline

  • “Intense and riveting, A Deeper Darkness is J. T. Ellison at her finest. Dr. Samantha Owens is one of the most memorable and engaging characters in thriller fiction today. I want more Sam! J. T. Ellison is a master storyteller, and ultimately A Deeper Darkness is an extraordinary story of life and hope. Superb!”

    Carla Neggers, New York Times bestselling author of Saint’s Gate

  • A Deeper Darkness hits all the right notes: terrific characters, great setting, fast pace, and fascinating storyline. Dark and compelling, rich with authentic detail, I couldn’t put it down. Look out Kay Scarpetta, there’s a new medical examiner on the block.”

    Erica Spindler, New York Times bestselling author of Watch Me Die

  • A Deeper Darkness is everything a great thriller should be: clever, complex, and captivating. J. T. Ellison’s gripping new series is a winner!”

    Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author of Silenced

  • Selected for the May 2012 Indie Next List
  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week in April 2012

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dawn | 2/20/2014

    " Good book for Dr. Owens. I will confess I missed Taylor and Baldwin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rachel | 2/19/2014

    " one of the best books I've read in a long time. I could not put it down. will read her detective series now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Denise | 2/14/2014

    " A 2.5 to 3 really pretty hohum. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Enni | 2/1/2014

    " I really liked this book and it would have gotten 4 starts from me if it wouldn't have been for the end. That just felt rushed and out of place for me. "

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