The Familiar Dark by Amy Engel. (2020).
**4 out of 5 stars**
Eve’s life has been spent climbing away from her roots: her mother was a hard and cruel woman who dragged her up in a trailer park, and Eve wanted to be a better mother to her own daughter Junie. But 12 year old Junie has been murdered along with her best friend. Eve has nothing left. Despite the corrupt police force, Eve is going to find out what happened to Junie. Even if it means using her mother’s cruel strength to unearth secrets that don’t want to be discovered and face truths it might be better not to know. Everyone is a suspect. Everyone has something to hide. And someone will answer for her daughter’s murder.
If it’s at all possible, I highly recommend reading this in one sitting. That’s what I did and it felt intense the whole way through. The very beginning of the book is the description of Junie dying which was a confronting start really. What follows is the tale of a mother absolutely devastated and out for revenge. I personally found Eve really relatable in that I could imagine if something terrible happened to my child I would want revenge. This is seriously an intense read, and at 236 pages it’s quick to finish when you are racing through the pages to find out who in this small town was the murderer. I’d highly recommend this suspense thriller for anyone looking for a fast-paced dark read with flawed and damaged characters.