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Hello, Darkness
by Sandra Brown
Book Review by Amy Coffin
Popular radio personality Paris Gibson dispenses advice and love songs to her late-night Austin audience. Minutes before her current shift ends at 2:00 am, a caller who refers to himself as “Valentino” phones the show. He blames Paris for his break-up, and says he’ll kill his girlfriend in 72 hours unless Paris can put a stop to it.

Paris senses this isn’t a typical radio-show crank call and notifies the police. This action sets forth the chain of events in Hello, Darkness.

This Sandra Brown thriller is filled with suspenseful and steamy sub-plots that may or may not be tied to Valentino. Paris is reunited with former flame and current Austin Police Psychologist Dean Malloy. Readers learn of the tragic past from which Paris is hiding and wonder if old skeletons are responsible for the current terror.

The girl Valentino is holding against her will is the daughter of a prominent judge. A couple of radio station employees, a sex addict and Dean’s own teenage son all factor in the tale as possible suspects.

Brown includes plenty of steamy scenes as Paris’s mysterious past is revealed. Hello, Darkness provides ample suspense and surprises down to the very end. As is the norm in Brown’s recent bestsellers, there are a few corny parts. However thrills rule the tale, making it ok to accept the idea that all Austin residents stay up past midnight to listen to one lonely lady spin hours of sappy love songs.

The ending of Hello, Darkness is set right where you’d expect it to be, but it’s filled with surprises nonetheless. Pack this page-turner on your next vacation and you won’t be disappointed.

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The Alibi
Best Kept Secrets
Breath of Scandal
The Crush
Fat Tuesday
French Silk
Mirror Image
Slow Heat in Heaven
The Switch
Where There's Smoke
The Witness