The Deepest Dark

The Deepest Dark

by Joan Hall Hovey


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Following the deaths of her husband, Corey, and ten year old daughter Ellie in a traffic accident, author Abby Miller sinks ever deeper into depression. She contemplates suicide as a way to be with them, and to end her unrelenting pain.
In a last desperate effort to find peace, she drives to Loon Lake where they last vacationed together, wanting to believe they will be waiting for her there. At least in spirit. Barring that, the pills Doctor Gregory gave her to help her sleep, are in her purse.

The cabin at Loon Lake was her and Corey's secret hideaway, and not even Abby's sister, Karen, to whom she is close, knows where it is. But someone else does. He is one of three men who have escaped from Pennington prison. They are dangerous predators who will stop at nothing to get what they want - and to keep from going back to prison. Having already committed the worst of crimes, they have nothing to lose.

Unknowingly, Abby is on a collision course with evil itself. And the decision of whether to live or die will soon be wrenched from her hands.

Ms. Hall Hovey is a superb writer. She is a real story teller. The suspense & tension she creates in her books make them real page turners. Her talent for characterisation involves the reader emotionally in her characters' lives and their stories. Her genuine understanding and empathy for human nature and the human condition pervade her work. Her adept ability to continually surprise make this talented artist and her work extremely compelling. These are the reasons why her fans love her and are extremely faithful, and are always waiting for her next book. (Marion Rand, Kindle Edition)

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ISBN-13: 9781771452212
Publisher: Books We Love Ltd.
Publication date: 07/17/2014
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.55(d)

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BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
It's understandable that Abby would want to have a little solitude after the heartwrenching loss of her husband and child, especially when she's on the verge of giving in to the unremitting sorrow. What better place to end the pain than the backwoods cabin they loved so much? Abby is about to find out, though, that she doesn't really want to let life go when there comes a knock on her door. She's about to find out that there are three men who, like her, have nothing to lose. The scenes in the early pages of this book, when we first encounter the prison escapees, are bad, very bad, but it's that first meeting Abby has with the stranger at her door that sets the stage for her fight against true evil. This man radiates malevolence without doing anything overt but Abby seems to sense that something isn't quite right. Ken Roach clearly has a purpose in being there but what connection could this convict possibly have with the cabin at Loon Lake? Abby and Roach are strongly developed characters and I easily fell into an empathetic relationship with Abby. Roach and his companions, Tattoo and Dog, are the personification of mindless brutality and it's these men who are so well drawn that they came alive for me in an uncomfortable way, making me look over Abby's shoulder more than once. Secondary characters, particularly the daughter of a missing elderly couple, bring another element of fear and heartbreak that makes this so much more than a mere crime story. I doubt that much is more frightening than being alone and away from anyone that might help when you know that you're in serious danger; that visceral fear is at the heart of The Deepest Dark and just won't let go from one page to the next. Not only did I have to stay up to find out what was going to happen on that next page...I couldn't have slept anyway with all my spidey senses on high alert. Every little noise creeped me out and THAT, my friends, is what makes Joan Hall Hovey a genius at writing suspense.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
This short, intense, suspense-filled thriller definitely rivals any other books I have read in this genre. Abby, a woman who has lost everything, goes away to be on her own for a while and while alone is ambushed by three escaped convicts. Her story of survival is one that kept me reading all afternoon without taking a break. There were twists and turns and surprises that kept me hoping for a happy ending. The book is short enough to read in a day and well worth the time I spent reading it. This is the first book I have read by this author and I would like to thank Joan Hall Hovey for the copy that she sent me to read and review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite The Deepest Dark by Joan Hall Hovey is a novel of suspense and terror. Abby Miller is an author. Since she lost her husband and daughter in a car accident, she has withdrawn into herself, depressed to the level where she considers taking her own life rather than live without her family. As a last ditch effort to try to pull herself together, she sets off for a break at Loon Cottage, a cottage where they had spent their last vacation. In the middle of nowhere, the cottage has no electricity, no indoor toilet and no running water – the perfect place to get away from it all. The trouble is, nobody else knows where the cottage is as it was a secret place for her and her family. Her sister Karen is furious at Abbey for not telling her where she is and for not having a mobile phone, something Abbey has fought against. Somebody knows the cottage is there, though. Three dangerous criminals are on the run from Pennington Prison and one of them has ties to the cottage. Abbey is about to meet evil in person and the choice of living or dying may just be taken out of her hands. The Deepest dark by Joan Hall Hovey is chock full of suspense, a real page-turner that gripped me from the start. While the book is mostly about the prisoners and Abbey, it is interspersed with the stories of her sister Karen, the police who are investigating a double murder in the area and the daughter of the murdered couple. It is very skillfully woven together so I got the full picture with no jumps, no stops and starts. There is also none of the filler and fluff that so many people use to build up a word count. The writing is concise, to the point, and every word counts. Brilliantly executed, I loved it.
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
This book was disturbing to me on many levels. I was able to read it in one sitting, riveted to the pages and story line. Abby Miller, an author, was already going through a deep depression due to the deaths of her husband and daughter. She decided to go to their cabin up in the woods to try and relax and continue writing. Meanwhile three prisoners had escaped and were on the run. An elderly couple is brutally murdered. No one except Abby and her now deceased husband know where this cabin is located. Abby's sister is frantic with worry and is determined to find her. But-one other person knows this cabin. I will leave you to read the book to find out who-the answer will astonish you as much as it did Abbey!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow!  Joan Hall Hovey, Canada's Mistress of Suspense, has done it again!  Buckle up for an edge-of-your-seat ride with her latest suspense novel - The Deepest Dark.  Nobody does it better than Joan with roller coaster twists and turns - most you didn't see coming.  That makes for a book that you're not only instantly drawn into, but simply cannot put down until the very last page has been consumed.  From start to finish, you're completely in her power - suspense storytelling at it's best.  The Deepest Dark is a face-in-the-window-at-night scary - a must read!