After many years of heartache and guilt Carly finally feels like she is getting her life back on track. Moving away from the small town that saw her trapped in the past, she has settled in a nice apartment in Newcastle and enrolled in the nearby TAFE college. On the surface everything is good - she is making new friends, her course is interesting enough and the little community has everything she needs, right down to local markets on the weekend. But then just when she dares to start enjoying life again the night terror begins - in the form of a man who appears in her room and watches her sleep.
Still in an emotionally fragile place Carly begins to doubt her sanity. When a psychiatrist suggests it may be an intense kind of dream she is happy to have a diagnosis of sorts but still not convinced her nocturnal experiences are a figment of her imagination. Gripped with paranoia she begins to second guess her new acquaintances - is her new neighbour Nate as genuine as he seems or is he the one behind Carly's terror? When Carly begins to notice physical injuries she knows she's not crazy...but who can you turn to when the police don't believe you?
As always Jaye Ford has created a tense and gripping thriller that pulls you in right from the get go. You can feel Carly's terror as she first cowers in fear and then her resolve as she decides to stand up and fight. It is a bumpy and terrifying ride as Carly slowly unravels the threads of what is really happening to her.
If you enjoy being kept on the edge of your seat, you will love Darkest Place. The characters, pace and writing are all spot on and reinforce why Jaye Ford has become Australia's leading lady of suspense. Just make sure your doors are locked and the lights are on when you start reading!