By the author of Whispers in the Mist, heralded by Library Journal as "a first-rate crime novel," comes this haunting tale of family secrets, madness, and healing in small-town Ireland
Lisfenora is known across the British Isles for its yearly matchmaking festival. But a local man' murder and the grim discovery in his home have cast a somber mood over the town. Detective Sergeant Danny Ahern tries to make sense of the chaotic scene while struggling to set aside moral conflicts and grief for his comatose wife. Within days, he's plunged into even darker terrain when the investigation leads him on a collision course with the Tate family: troubled Nathan, who conceals secrets within ghastly secrets, and beautiful Zoe, the daughter Nathan abandoned years ago.
In this "dark, compelling mystery" (Booklist), one man is propelled toward a tragic downfall while the other struggles to walk the narrow path between life and death.
"An atmospheric story of Ireland, filled with myth and darkness...Fans of Erin Hart's dark Irish crime novels should welcome this series."Library Journal (starred review)
"A dark, compelling mystery with numerous plot twists and well-drawn characters interwoven with an involving portrait of life in a small insular Irish village."Booklist
"A haunting tale rife with gruesome murders and secrets, Path into Darkness shines."Foreword Reviews
"Lyrical, tense, and haunting...the story propels the reader to a conclusion that is heartbreaking, human, and hopeful."Deborah Crombie, New York Times bestselling author of Garden of Lamentations
"Each strand in this terrific novel is absorbing enough to carry books on its own, yet Alber effortlessly weaves them into a breathtaking ensemble."Catriona McPherson, Agatha Award–winning author of Quiet Neighbors
About the Author
Lisa Alber(Oregon), recipient of a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, contributed a short story on invitation toTwo of the Deadliest(HarperCollins) alongside such notables as Laura Lippman, Dana Stabenow, and Patricia Smiley. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and she won a Walden Fellowship for writing. Lisa is an active member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. Kilmoon, the first in the County Clare Mystery series, was a Rosebud Award finalist for best debut novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Lisa Alber's County Clare books just get better and better. The village and its inhabitants seem real. Their victories and heartbreaks seem real. The different story threads weave together, part, and reconnect in unexpected ways. I finish each story wondering what will happen next in these peoples' lives. This book sucked me in and didn't want to let go. I finished reading, stepped back a pace, and now I'm wondering what will happen next.
“Path Into Darkness” by Lisa Alber is part of the “County Clare” series. While it is not necessary to have read the previous books to enjoy this one, reading previous books makes it easier understand the characters and situations. Detective Danny Ahern and his colleagues are investigating the murder of Elder Joe, a man with a decidedly unpleasant personality. They struggle to find answers without much success. Joe has been running a boarding house, among other things, so they suspect that the killer may be one of his tenants. There are twists and turns on every page as secrets are revealed, families unravel, characters struggle with personal calamities, and the ghosts of the past come screaming into the present. The characters are well developed, with captivating personalities and intriguing pasts. The story brings out the rich history and geography of Ireland along with its legends and darkness. In addition, the Irish setting is as much a character in the book as the people are. I received a copy of “Path Into Darkness” from Midnight Ink, Lisa Alber, NetGalley in exchange for my impartial review. I enjoyed the book, but because I had not read any previous books, it took a while for me to sort out the details, characters, and relationships established previously. I am sure that return readers will have no problem jumping right in. I love character-driven books, and this certainly fits that description.