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Author: J. T. Ellison Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Dr. Samantha Owens Series Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9781611063141
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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, D.C.

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

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen | 12/22/2013

    " Loved JT Ellison branching off from her Taylor Jackson series to start a new series with Samantha Owens, medical examiner & Taylor's best friend, as the protagonist. Overcoming personal loss & grief, Sam goes to Washington DC to do a second autopsy on an ex-boyfriend at the request of his mother who doesn't believe that her son was the victim of a random carjacking. Great new characters & hope that there is more to come from Sam. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katrina | 12/20/2013

    " Excellent!!!!! This is one of the best books that I have read in a long time. Loved it!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 11/12/2013

    " This was the first book written by J.T. Ellison that I have read but it won't be the last. I thoroughly enjoyed the pace of the story as the medical examiner helps the police to solve the crime and opens their eyes to evidence they missed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica | 11/5/2013

    " I hope it becomes a series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 11/5/2013

    " Deeper Darkness is a great book. Suspense is good til close to end. Dr. Samantha Owens is going thru life on auto-pilot until a good friend and mother of a past love asks her to do a second autopsy on her son. This brings every hurt to the front where Sam can't avoid them anymore. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 10/20/2013

    " I was getting a bit worried that J.T. Ellison had lost her "cool", but she is back and very much in charge with this one. The characters were not too superhuman, but the action was still very intense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 7/6/2013

    " It wasn't bad enough she killed her family, treated her friendship with Taylor as if it didn't exist, but she put her with the wrong man. That is like being with her husband's brother, that is just FOUL! I don't think I want to read any more of this author's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Quilts2 | 8/21/2012

    " Good read; somewhat violent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patti | 7/23/2012

    " Good book..strong character cant wait for book 2. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clara | 7/13/2012

    " Pretty good, but it was the second one in the trilogy and I tried to read the first and wasn't interested. I am looking forward to number 3 though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 7/3/2012

    " The story of a woman's journey back from the dark; nice twists and lots of action too... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randyn | 6/12/2012

    " Good book and easy read. I only gave it 3 stars (actually would have given 3.5) because I felt the ending was a little loose/rushed/not well-developed and not consistent with the character development leading up to the ending. "

About the Author

J. T. Ellison is the New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Taylor Jackson series, including All the Pretty Girls, 14, and The Cold Room. She is the bimonthly Friday columnist at the Anthony Award–nominated blog Murderati and was named the Best Mystery/Thriller Writer of 2008 by the Nashville Scene.

About the Narrator

Joyce Bean is an accomplished audiobook narrator and director. In addition to having won several AudioFile Earphones Awards, she has been nominated multiple times for the prestigious Audie Award. Equally adept at narrating fiction and nonfiction, and she also narrates audiobooks under the name Jane Brown.