Friday, December 8, 2023

Dark Corners by Megan Goldin
Rachel Krall #2


Title: Dark Corners 
Series: Rachel Krall #2
Author: Megan Goldin
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: August 8, 2023

Terence Bailey is about to be released from prison for breaking and entering, though investigators have long suspected him in the murders of six women. As his freedom approaches, Bailey gets a surprise visit from Maddison Logan, a hot, young influencer with a huge social media following. Hours later, Maddison disappears, and police suspect she’s been kidnapped—or worse. Is Maddison’s disappearance connected to her visit to Bailey? Why was she visiting him in the first place?

When they hit a wall in the investigation, the FBI reluctantly asks for Rachel’s help in finding the missing influencer. Maddison seems only to exist on social media; she has no family, no friends, and other than in her posts, most people have never seen her. Who is she, really? Using a fake Instagram account, Rachel Krall goes undercover to BuzzCon, a popular influencer conference, where she discovers a world of fierce rivalry that may have turned lethal.

When police find the body of a woman with a tattoo of a snake eating its tail, the FBI must consider a chilling possibility: Bailey has an accomplice on the outside and a dangerous obsession with influencers, including Rachel Krell herself. Suddenly a target of a monster hiding in plain sight, Rachel is forced to confront the very real dangers that lurk in the dark corners of the internet.

Rachel Krall, the true crime podcaster star of Megan Goldin’s acclaimed Night Swim returns to search for a popular social media influencer who disappeared after visiting a suspected serial killer.

I enjoyed Night Swim and Rachell Krall's character. I was glad Megan Goldin decided to bring her back.

Rachel is an athlete but she is better known as a true crime podcaster. Rachel is called by the FBI to come to Florida. A prisoner, Terence Bailey has shown a desire to speak with her after being visited by a famous influencer, Maddison Logan. Terence is in prison for breaking and entering but he is suspected of the murder of six sex workers. In forty-eight hours his release is imminent and the FBI will ask for any help trying to keep him locked up for life.

Rachel is intrigued about why he is asking for her and even more so when she learns that Maddison has gone missing too. A video shows someone possibly abducting her. Does this mean that Terence had an accomplice?

Rachel decides to infiltrate BuzzCon, an influencer meeting. She will go undercover using her athlete's account instead of her true crime persona. The more Rachel learns about Maddison and the other influencers the more questions she has. Has someone kidnapped her or has she created this to increase her followers count? What is the connection with Terence? and is there a second killer?

I enjoyed this one but not as much as the Night Swim. I like Rachel although, at times, I thought she put herself in danger despite the FBI agent telling her to pack her things and go before the serial killer got close to her.

Cliffhanger: No

3.5/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by St. Martin's Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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