Carved in Darkness

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Fifteen years ago, a psychotic killer abducted seventeen-year-old Melissa Walker. For 83 days she was raped, tortured, and then left for dead in a deserted churchyard . . . but she was still alive.

Melissa begins a new life as homicide inspector Sabrina Vaughn. With a new face and a new name, it’s her job to hunt down murderers—a job she does very well.

But when Michael O’Shea, a childhood acquaintance with a ...

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Overview

Fifteen years ago, a psychotic killer abducted seventeen-year-old Melissa Walker. For 83 days she was raped, tortured, and then left for dead in a deserted churchyard . . . but she was still alive.

Melissa begins a new life as homicide inspector Sabrina Vaughn. With a new face and a new name, it’s her job to hunt down murderers—a job she does very well.

But when Michael O’Shea, a childhood acquaintance with a suspicious past, suddenly finds her, he brings to life the nightmare Sabrina has long since buried.

Believing his sister was recently murdered by the same monster who attacked Sabrina, Michael is dead set on getting his revenge—using Sabrina as bait.


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Library Journal
Sabrina, a tough, competent San Francisco homicide officer, carries a secret history so dark she never dares to let down her guard. Once held hostage, sexually assaulted, and left for dead, she has taken on a new identity and relocated far from her small-town Texas roots. But now she's been outed by her former neighbor, trained mercenary Michael O'Shea, whose own little sister was brutally killed by the same man who terrorized Sabrina. It seems the attacker finds a new victim annually on Sabrina's birthday, and this has been going on for more than a dozen years. Another year is up and Sabrina must finally confront her demon, though the road will be violent and harrowing. VERDICT Prepare to be overwhelmed by the tension and moodiness that permeates this edgy thriller. Beaumont's ability to keep the twists coming even when the answer seems obvious is quite potent. This debut would please Chelsea Cain readers. Consider also for fans of Robin Burcell and Michelle Gagnon.
Kirkus Reviews
A homicide inspector and a killer for hire make an unlikely team. Sabrina Vaughn's new partner in the San Francisco PD can tell that something is wrong with her, but he has no idea how bad it is. Fifteen years ago, Sabrina, who was born Melissa Walker in Jessup, Texas, was kidnapped, raped and tortured for 83 days by a psychopathic serial killer. Left for dead in a churchyard with "Mine" carved in her stomach, she somehow survived. Now, her younger brother and sister and her only friend are safe, or so she thinks, until the arrival of Michael O'Shea, a childhood acquaintance whose military record is sealed, turns her life upside down. Michael, whose sister was one of a string of victims who all resembled Melissa, wants to use Melissa as bait to catch the killer. Nor do her troubles end there. Steve Sanford, a fellow cop whose life Melissa saved, wants to die and is harassing Melissa in the hopes she will snap and kill him. Michael works as a hired killer--his handler helped him slip away from his dangerous boss--so he has only a small window of time to catch the killer. Indications that the killer has learned that Melissa is still alive, and has killed the grandmother who shared her secret, make her desperate to protect her siblings and her friend. When Sanford is murdered, Melissa, a prime suspect, has no choice but to return to Texas and bait the trap. Pulse-pounding terror, graphic violence and a loathsome killer. First of a series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738736891
  • Publisher: Midnight Ink
  • Publication date: 5/8/2013
  • Pages: 398
  • Sales rank: 1,448,768
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Maegan Beaumont’s (Phoenix, AZ) longtime love of action movies inspired her to begin writing stories of her own. Carved in Darkness, the first Sabrina Vaughn Novel, was a Suspense Magazine Best Debut of 2013 and a Library Journal Debut of the Month. Beaumont is a member of Sisters in Crime. You can visit her online at Maeganbeaumont.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

    Carved in Darkness

    Awesome, could not stop reading...

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    Wow!

    This book was very descriptive,weak stomachs beware though! Having said that, it is by far one of the best suspense books I've read in a long time! It kept me on the edge of my seat and I read late into the night to finish it! I would absolutley recommend this book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2013

    Excellent book! This book grabs ahold of you right from the star

    Excellent book! This book grabs ahold of you right from the start and never lets go. Maegan Beaumont is my favorite new author, can't wait for the next book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2013

    Carved in Darkness is one of the most chilling thrillers I¿ve re

    Carved in Darkness is one of the most chilling thrillers I’ve read in a long while. Melissa Walker was kidnapped by a madman when she was barely seventeen years old. The madman kept her for several months, raping her, stabbing her, nearly killing her. One day he thinks he’s killed her, leaving her in a churchyard to die. But Melissa survived, saved by the priest, and she started her life again; changing her name and identity. Now Sabrina Vaughn, a homicide inspector, still struggles every year with the memory of what the madman did to her. Around september, she starts to withdraw, reliving the tragedy.

    But unknown to Sabrina, the madman is still at large, doing the same things he did to her to other innocent girls, leaving a trail of bodies behind. Michael’s sister got murdered by this demented serial killer and he’s focused on taking vengeance. He works for a special team and intends to use all his resources into tracking down the murderer. But in doing so, he wants to use Sabrina as bait, convinced that she’s the victim the killer has been dreaming for his entire life.

    Word gets out in Sabrina’s old town that she’s still alive, and the serial killer finds out about her new identity. Leaving behind a trail of bodies, he tracks her down, intend on enslaving her once more, bringing her back to the darkness.

    As you can see from the synopsis I just told you, this book is drenched in darkness from page one until the end. It’s a true thriller, suspenseful and menacing. I loved Melissa/Sabrina. Her character evolution was amazing, her emotional strength boundless. She constantly lived in fear but tried to fight it day and night, and I was impressed by her posture, even as things began to close in around her. I also liked Michael, although considerably less. At first I thought he was a bit of a jerk, especially when he wanted to use Sabrina as bait. I got he wanted vengeance, but not at the cost of another human being, especially someone who’s already suffered so much. He also saw Sabrina as the cause for why his sister died, which I thought was downright crazy – she had no idea the madman would do this again.

    The story itself was amazing. I loved how the victim, who managed to survive, played the main part here. I feel nothing but respect for Sabrina and nothing but disgust for the killer. The writing was great, fast-paced and suspenseful. An excellent novel – just don’t read it with the lights out.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2013

    Just finished reading carved in darkness, wow, what a page turne

    Just finished reading carved in darkness, wow, what a page turner! This author is amazing, never leaving out a detail. I can't wait for the sequel to come out!  

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    Carved  Darkness is an excellent read!  The author draws you int

    Carved  Darkness is an excellent read!  The author draws you into the story immediately, making it impossible to put down.  Just when you think you know what's happening there's another surprising twist which makes for a very engaging and suspenseful story.  I'm looking forward to the next book in this series!  

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2013

    This book is the first book in a very long time that kept me on

    This book is the first book in a very long time that kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end! I couldn't put it down! The many twists and turns definitely keep you guessing! I cannot wait to see what happens next! 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 1, 2014

    From the first page you are thrown into the nightmare that Meli

    From the first page you are thrown into the nightmare that Melissa is dealing with. Being captured and held for 83 days, tortured, abused and raped, she even had her eyelids sewn shut to protect the identity of her kidnapper. With blood smeared all over her body, urinating in the same location she is being held, the smells invaded her system and never let her forget. After an attack that left her for dead, the kidnapper dropped her off at a church believing she was gone but she survived by some miracle and started her life over again while the world she is leaving behind believes she is dead. It is the only way to protect her since her kidnapper was never captured.
    She moved to a new state with a new identity, her two siblings and best friend who helped her during her recovery and the PTSD. What you have today is a woman who kicks butt and is strong, but she is also that shattered young woman who is running from demons, which is sometimes dangerous while she is on her job. She is now known as Sabrina Vaughn and with the law enforcement, is facing issues with some of the men who don’t see her as their equal and one man who she fears would give up his life to protect her. On her jog one day she realizes that those feelings of being watched wasn’t just her paranoia, she sees Michael O’Shea. He is a flash from her past life that she left behind. The only one who could have told him she was still alive is her grandma.
    Michael is struggling with his anger over his sister’s death. Sabrina’s grandmother took him in and gave him a sense of family, she shows him that Melissa suffered the same treatment as his sister, but Melissa survived. He is sure it was the same person who tortured Melissa and if she had went to the police instead of pretending to be dead; his sister might be alive today. Girls are being kidnapped and murdered on Oct 1, Melissa’s birthday. Although he is there to talk her into coming back and helping him find his sister’s killer, he is going to have to approach her in a way that is not threatening.
    She is resistant to his offer till she starts seeing a pattern of killings, what finally makes her mind up is when the threats start involving her family. Once the mystery is solved, it left me rather confused but I was surprised. The author gave us so many people to accuse, the drama and suspense was never limited. I would classify this book as a highly intense suspenseful thriller with a great writing style and characters that I could invest in. I liked that she gave us so many twists and turns and in the end still blew us away with the ending. It wasn’t one of those clean cut endings where people ride off in the sunset; it opened up a whole new can of questions and feelings for me as a reader. I will be starting the next book Sacrificial Muse now and hope that I get my answers I am looking for about where Sabrina will end up now.

    Reviewed by Tbird for Crystal’s Many Reviewers
    *Copy provided for review*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    Edge of your seat read!

    I was drawn in immediately and it never let go!! I couldn't put this book down and I anxiously await the next installment!! I love how I wasn't able to figure out the end and it drove me nuts!!! I couldn't wait to find out and it was definitely not what I expected!! A great read all around!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Awesome!

    Great book! To the author: Please don't stop there!!! WAS a HUGE James Patterson fan,Alex Cross series, will NEVER waste my money on another! Read this in one night! Didn't want to put it down! Really disappointed to find only One book by this author! Waiting with baited breath Meagan!! You have gained a faithful fan!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

    Great Read!!!!

    Great Read!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2013

    Fantastic from beginning to end!

    I couldn't put this book down. Never drags, keeps you guessing. I hope there is a second book to continue on with the characters O'Shea & Walker/Vaughn!!!

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  • Posted October 10, 2013

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    Look forward to the next in the series!

    If you like a good thriller then this is the book for you. CREEPY and suspenseful! Best book I have read in awhile. Great new author to add to my favorites!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    Too many dark characyers..

    Carved in Darkness caught my interest really quickly; and I was sure it was going to a really good read for me. However, too many characters and all of them dark. along with too many subplots caused me to lose all desire in knowing what happens to these characters and subplots.

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

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    By: Maegan Beaumont Published By: Midnight Ink Age Recommended



    By: Maegan Beaumont
    Published By: Midnight Ink
    Age Recommended: Adult
    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
    Rating: 5
    Book Blog For: GMTA
    Review:

    "Carved in Darkness" by Maegan Beaumont was some mystery, thriller/suspense read that was simply some good read. We find that Melissa Walker for 83 days of rape and torture has been taken by a psychotic killer. She was just seventeen year old. She is left for dead but is alive. The person that did this to Melissa was never found and she was not able to identify him because he had her eyes sewn shut. As times goes on we find that Melissa Walker has began a new life with a new name trying to forget the past. Melissa is now Sabrina a police officer who is carrying around a big secret. "She's Melissa and no-one knows she survived apart from her Gran, her room-mate Val and her younger brother and sister." However, when the person who did this to Melissa/Sabrina finds out she is alive we find out from the read that he will do anything to get her back. Now, this is when I say you must pick up the excellent read to find out what all this author has in store for the readers. There will be a lots of twist and turns in this novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The characters are all so well developed and very intriguing along with being so very captivating. Sabrina is really one heroine that you don't want to mess with. She may have been damaged but she is also 'strong and smart.'

    If you are looking for a well written mystery, suspense and thriller you have come to the right place for "Carved in Darkness" will give it all to you. Would I recommend? YES!

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