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A HORRIFIC RECURRING NIGHTMARE IS THREATENING TO STEAL HER SANITY…
Dr. Corinne Cabot is living the American dream. She’s a successful ER physician in Chicago who’s married to a handsome husband. Together they live in a charming house in the suburbs. But appearances can be deceiving—and what no one can see is Corinne’s dark past. Troubling gaps in her memory mean she recalls little about a haunting event in her life years ago that changed everything.
She remembers only being in the house the night two people were found murdered. Her father was there, too. Now her father is in prison; she hasn’t been in contact in years. Repressing that terrifying memory has caused Corinne moments of paranoia and panic. Sometimes she thinks she sees things that aren’t there, hears words that haven’t been spoken. Or have they? She fears she may be losing her mind, unable to determine what’s real and what’s not.
So when she senses her husband’s growing distance, she thinks she’s imagining things. She writes her suspicions off to fatigue, overwork, anything to explain what she can’t accept—that her life really isn’t what it seems.
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About the Author
Courtney lives in Florida with her husband and kids. She has a passion for raising drug addiction awareness, the Marine Corp (her middle son is a Marine) and being introspective on the human condition.
To learn more about her, you can visit www.courtneyevantate.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Corinne is battling her past and also trying to figure out exactly how she ended up in a hospital after a suicide attempt she doesn't remember. Jude is also in a battle. A battle of his strained marriage, why his wife attempted suicide and the looming Halloween holiday that puts his wife on edge. Waiting for the "dark things" to surface made this a page flipper. I loved the combo of suspense and romance elements and the twists and turns had me devouring the chapters.
When I saw Courtney was writing a psychological thriller, I knew I had to have it. And WOW! She did not disappoint! I thought I knew him. He thought he knew me. We were both wrong. I knew this book would hit close to home in some aspects and it truly did. Go in blind, don’t read any spoilers… just read that blurb and you will be captivated from the very first page! My emotions ran the gamut… I was hurt, I felt betrayed and broken, I felt pissed off then astounded and really f’ing surprised. I can’t tell you why other than to say READ THE BOOK! Here is what I will say… 1. I was like her asking all the questions 2. He was like him, wanting her to be me, saying and apologizing in all the same ways 3. She was like her… the master manipulator…totally conniving, heartless, and twisted 4. God did it hurt 5. Yes, the easy way out would have been to leave 6. But you stay and in the end, you turn out even BETTER THAN BEFORE and while you always remember, it won’t be as painful because you have moved forward This will all make sense after you read the book… just WOW! DO IT! It is so damn good, so suspenseful and will keep you on the edge of your seat til the very last page. Readers who like different stories, that get you all tied up in knots and crazy trying to read quickly to get all the answers will LOVE this book!!! I can’t wait to do a re-read. Courtney, I am looking forward to reading more psychological thrillers from you—well done!
I was introduced to Courtney Evan Tate's brand of dark and edgy when I read Princess, one of her older works as Courtney Cole. I loved it then, and I love it now! I wasn't surprised at the depth and layers she's created to take readers on a dark ride through the lives of a successful couple. I will forever measure any story that claims to be dark and edgy against Such Dark Things, because this one goes where others won't and still manages to be meaningful and thought-provoking. The story misdirects while leading you to the heart of the novel. The terror and guilt Corrine carries deep, deep in her subconscious haunt her until her nightmares bleed into reality. Nearing the anniversary of a tragedy, that ended with her father in prison, Corinne retreats into herself, straining her marriage while questioning her sanity, and Jude himself has a test of loyalty that could potentially harm their relationship further. This whirlwind psychological suspense is totally consuming! As the Jude and Corinne's lives spiral out of control the story sucks you further in. Flitting back and forth, from past to present, in both Jude and Corinne's perspective was the perfect way to tell this story. I'm quite surprised with how the secrets and motives of the characters were carefully hidden until the right moment. Some elements of the plot just snuck up on me! It's easy to feed off the emotions of the characters and react to the decisions they make, proving this is a completely engaging read. Such Dark Things is truly an unputdownable read and I gleefully recommend it for fans of The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Riesz! *ARC provided in consideration for review*
What a pulse-pounding thrill ride! I finished this one way faster than I thought I would (goodbye sleep!). "Such Dark Things" is so much more than appears in the description- Dr. Corinne Cabot is a successful ER doctor with a wonderful husband Jude. Although she is frequently busy at work, she trusts her husband completely- they've been together for 15 years and are still in love, even if their lives have been pulling them apart (mainly by her schedule). Corinne's life has been defined by an even in her teens- when she was babysitting for her father's mistress on Halloween, and he snapped and killed her and her husband. He has been in jail since, and Corinne has dissociated the memory from herself and cannot remember what happened exactly, even though she was there. She still has memories of blood on her hands and this haunts her dreams. This locked memory becomes more and more critical as time goes on, causing panic attacks and maybe even a psychotic break. The book bounces back and forth between the recent past (leading up to Halloween) and present (a few months later) when Corinne is in a psychiatric hospital for attempted suicide. At the hospital, she is confronting her past and trying to recall the memories she has so fully repressed (they are also given as she recalls bits and pieces). The points-of-view also flip between her and her husband, Jude (both recent past and present- whose faithfulness is being put to the test by a young waitress, Zoe. The other part of the book, beyond the memory of the murders is what is alluded to with the 'Fatal Attraction' reference. This was the part that really pushes the plot forward/gives it the thriller feel, and it is, at times, horrifying. Jude is a therapist and so knows what he is doing better than he would like to believe, and it really explodes. He is not just the victim in this affair (as he seems to be almost trying to play). It is completely intense and really unbelievable. As for the main mystery of the murders and how the characters relate, it was pretty easy to guess (I figured it out really fast in terms of the story line). However, how much things would escalate still surprised me and I was anxious watching it all unfold. This is very much a psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Don't start this before bedtime! I highly recommend to people who like psychological thrillers- this will keep you on the edge of your seat. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher. All opinions are my own.