Village in the Dark

Books on Tape. (Cara Kennedy, Bk. 2). Feb. 2024. 7:54 hrs. ISBN 9780593826362. $76. M
Detective Cara Kennedy watches as the graves of her husband and son are exhumed on a cold February day in Alaska. Father and son disappeared a year ago on a hike, and now Cara is hoping to test their bones to confirm her suspicion of foul play. Tied to the mystery is Mia Upsah, who grew up in a remote village that protects women from dangerous men and has secrets of her own. Helped by police officer Joe Barkowski and the local residents, Cara embarks on a dangerous path to a startling truth. Yamashita’s second Cara Kennedy installment (following (City Under One Roof) takes listeners back to the secluded Alaskan town of Port Mettier, where every villager is in everyone else’s business. Narrators Sophie Oda, Blaire Chandler, and Aspen Vincent provide distinct portrayals of the many characters that make up this secret-filled town.
VERDICT Riveting crime fiction, full of twists, turns, and hidden dangers, is enhanced by the remote Alaskan setting. A surprise ending will leave listeners anxiously awaiting the next installment in this compelling series.
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