Title: In the Barren Ground
Author: Loreth Anne White
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Release Date: August 16, 2016
In the Barrens, a vast wilderness in northern Canada bordering the Arctic Circle, night consumes every hour of the winter. Humans are scarce; ferocious predators roam freely. Locals say spirits do, too.
Rookie cop Tana Larsson doesn’t mind the dark and quiet. Five months pregnant and hoping to escape the mistakes of her past, she takes a post in Twin Rivers, population 320. Maybe here she can find peace and community for her child.
But with her superior out of commission, Tana becomes the sole police officer in 17,500 square miles. One bitter night, she gets a call about the fatal wolf mauling of two students, and the only way to reach the remote scene is to enlist the help of the arrogant, irritatingly handsome Cameron “Crash” O’Halloran, a local bush pilot with a shady reputation for smuggling and a past cloaked in shadow.
When the macabre scene they uncover suggests violence much more sinister than animal, Tana must trust Crash if she wants to protect the town—and herself—from the evil that lurks in the frozen dark.
IN THE BARREN GROUND, a dark, atmospheric romance and police procedural with gothic/horror overtones set in a remote fly-in community just south of the arctic circle .
"For, in the Barrens of the soul monsters take toll"
Excellent story!! Nail bitting to the very last page! I'm so happy I was approved for it early.
When Tana Larsson is sent to Twin Rivers as her new police post, she welcomes the change. She needed a new start for her and her unborn child. But, she is having a hard time making the population warm up to her. After all, she is a stranger. Tana's past is full of mistakes and pain. The last mistake she made is in her belly now. Yet, Tana knows this could be the place she can settle down with her baby to change her future. Her life gets complicated when some animals attacked and killed a couple of young researchers Selena Apodaca and Raj Sanjit. Her job is to document what's going on but soon she discovers that those deaths might be related to other similar deaths occurring every year in November. Tana wonders if she has a serial killer on the loose.
"A feeling of cognizance hung in its wake, a sense of being watched by unseen eyes."
Cameron "Crash" O'Halloran is the local booze dealer. He's also a well known pilot and when Tara knocks on his door asking for help to take her to a crime scene, he can't seem to say no. He wants to say no. He's intrigued by this cop and by her sudden dislike towards him. Later on, when he finds out she's pregnant, protecting her becomes his sole purpose.
In the Barren Ground is the perfect creepy read. A pregnant woman in the wilderness with no friends and being stalked by a serial killer. What a perfect combination of suspense and drama. Loreth Anne White carried me all over the place, I had no idea who the serial killer was to almost the big reveal. So many twists had my head in a constant whiplash.
I enjoyed this book to the very last page and I can't wait to read another book by this author. So I'm starting The Dark Lure next.
"Everyone needs a tribe. Man is not strong without tribe. "
A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.