Review: A Particular Darkness (Katrina Williams #2)

Author: Robert E. Dunn

Publisher: Lyrical Underground

Rating: 4.5 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Novel in Series

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Still recovering from tragedy and grieving a devastating loss, Iraq war veteran and sheriff’s detective Katrina Williams copes the only way she knows how—by immersing herself in work. A body’s just been pulled from the lake with a fish haul, but what seems like a straightforward murder case over the poaching of paddlefish for domestic caviar quickly becomes murkier than the depths of the lake. 

Soon a second body is found—an illegal Peruvian refugee woman linked to a charismatic tent revival preacher. But as Katrina tries to investigate the enigmatic evangelist, she is blocked by antagonistic FBI agents and Army CID personnel. When more young female refugees disappear, she must partner with deputy Billy Blevins, who stirs mixed feelings in her, to connect the lake murder to the refugees. Katrina is no stranger to darkness, but cold-blooded conspirators plan to make sure she’ll never again see the light of day.


Review: Robert Dunn’s second book in the series about “Hurricane” Katrina Williams takes you on a thrill ride of a mystery a lot like the hurricanes this summer. Destructive, relentless, and devastating, Katrina barrels through life with the devil riding shotgun on her shoulder.

Is she trying to kill herself?

What would it take to calm the storm in her life?

Beautiful words don’t mask the harsh truths that happen in Katrina’s world, but the author uses them to great effect while creating a haunting world full of loss. Things have happened since we left her last, and Katrina’s back at the therapist. She’s also not back in the department yet, so when she gets a call from a friend and fellow officer Billy about finding a body, she goes in an unofficial capacity.

I think the author was either more clever than any other writer on the planet or just crazy lucky when he gave her that sobriquet, because it’s the perfect metaphor not only for this character but for anyone who has suffered through the horrific death wish called PTSD. Within Katrina’s mind, the storm rages on, and who can blame her for fighting back when it escapes into her real world? Gritty, mesmerizing and strong, this book will stay in your head.

Thanks DJ!

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