BLOG TOUR: REVIEW AND EXCERPT: SUCH DARK THINGS by Courtney Evan Tate

From New York Times bestseller Courtney Cole, writing as Courtney Evan Tate, comes the psychological thriller that will keep readers up turning pages long into the night, SUCH DARK THINGS! “Written in breathless style, this page-turner relies on quick thrills, surprise twists…[for] readers seeking a fast entertaining tale…”(Publishers Weekly).

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A HORRIFIC RECURRING NIGHTMARE IS THREATENING TO STEAL HER SANITY…

Dr. Corinne Cabot is living the American dream. She’s a successful ER physician in Chicago who’s married to a handsome husband. Together they live in a charming house in the suburbs. But appearances can be deceiving—and what no one can see is Corinne’s dark past. Troubling gaps in her memory mean she recalls little about a haunting event in her life years ago that changed everything.

She remembers only being in the house the night two people were found murdered. Her father was there, too. Now her father is in prison; she hasn’t been in contact in years. Repressing that terrifying memory has caused Corinne moments of paranoia and panic. Sometimes she thinks she sees things that aren’t there, hears words that haven’t been spoken. Or have they? She fears she may be losing her mind, unable to determine what’s real and what’s not.

So when she senses her husband’s growing distance, she thinks she’s imagining things. She writes her suspicions off to fatigue, overwork, anything to explain what she can’t accept—that her life really isn’t what it seems.

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“Fans of domestic thrillers with an unreliable narrator will gobble this one up…Recommended for all thriller/suspense collections.”
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Review

Such Dark Things is the perfect title for Corinne and Jude’s story because it hints at the very nature of the story line, and in doing so, it leaves readers anxiously anticipating the messed up world they’re about to enter as they begin page one.

And let me tell you, Courtney Evan Tate places her readers in an extremely precarious position because as Tate’s main and secondary characters fully develop and ‘show’ their true colors, readers must delve through the uncovered information and determine what incidences are based in reality and which ones are more fantastical than anything else, which is not an easy task due to the very nature of the plot line and the number of players involved in the chaos that has become of Corinne and Jude’s marriage as well as the Corinne’s every vanishing sanity due to a chain of events that she has no recollection of except minute details that continue to lead her astray.

The most important question that I was desperate to answer was about how Corinne’s past and present align…I desperately needed Tate to fill in the holes of Corinne’s memory and in providing those facts/details, I believed that everything would make sense…that there would likely be reasons for all actions taken, and while to some degree, the clues do provide a sense of enlightenment; it’s not until everything has been laid bare that readers will truly be able to understand all characters’ true nature and why they played the role that they did in the storyline.

I was a bit apprehensive about how Tate would be able to provide readers all of the clues and necessary information required for the story to make sense, but Tate’s method for dispensing information, moving between the past and the present and offering both Corinne and Jude’s perspectives, actually worked quite well, and while I didn’t necessarily need Jude’s conflicted thoughts, it did lay some necessary groundwork because without Jude’s point of view, I’m not sure if readers would be able to accept Corinne’s decisions towards the end of the book.

It’s clear pretty early on that nothing and no-one is what it/they seem, and that’s what adds to the intrigue of the story. In order to truly understand all of the characters’ motives, readers need to be able to look at the big picture of events and use the clues to sort through the information because that is the only way that they will be able to unravel all of the chaotic events of the past and the present and reach some sort of cohesive resolution.

Such Dark Things is definitely a change of pace from my usual reading choices, but in some ways, it still has most of the attributes that I’m used to…they’re just a bit more suspenseful and thrilling. In other reviews that I’ve read, some reviewers bring up the fact that there is quite a bit of sex throughout the story line, which they feel doesn’t belong in a story of this kind…I don’t necessarily agree or disagree with them…how I see it is that any author has a poetic license to alter technical devices of his/her storytelling as s/he sees fit, and as long as its addition to the story line makes sense, it’s not really the readers call when it comes to what’s done; they, of course, can have expectations, but it’s still left to the writer’s discretion each and every time.

Corinne and Jude’s story will definitely challenge readers on a number of levels; it’s one wild ride that twists and turns in the unlikeliest spots, but once the resolution is clear, all of the sneaky maneuvers and foreshadowed information falls into place and the reality of the story becomes quite understandable, which helps to keep readers sane after the up and down experience of reading such a dark and highly erotic and suspenseful story.

4 Poison Apples

Excerpt

I count the ceiling tiles in the night.

The light from the moon illuminates the dark just enough to see them.

From down the hall, I hear screaming, but that’s normal here. I’m under no illusions about what this place is.

I hear the nurses’ shoes as they scurry toward the noise, and I look again at the ceiling. There are over five-hundred tiles. I’m not sure of the exact number because every time I count, I get distracted.

I’m so lonely, and I know for a fact that I shouldn’t be in this room. I’m a physician. I should be medicating whomever is screaming.

But I’m not a doctor in this building. I have no credentials here. I’m a patient, like everyone else. It’s a difficult pill to swallow. It’s a fact that lodges in my throat and won’t go down.

With a sigh, I roll to my side, and stare at the wall. It’s white and stark, and the sheets beneath me are cold and thin. My bedding at home is luxurious and thick, spun Egyptian cotton, one-thousand thread count. It’s funny how accustomed I’ve gotten to nice things over the past few years.

During my childhood and med school, I didn’t have anything. Now, I pretty much have everything. And in this place, it’s a stark reminder of the differences between home and here.

The biggest difference of all is that I’m here, and Jude is not.

It’s hard to sleep without my husband. In all the years that we’ve been married, we’ve never been apart. We always sleep curled up together, our limbs intertwined. No matter how little we’re able to see each other during the day, we always wear each other like a second skin in the night.

I wonder if he’s struggling with this as much as I am?

I’ll ask him on Saturday.

God, I don’t get to see him until Saturday?

What day is it now?

With a start, amid my rambling thoughts, I realize I don’t know.

I don’t know what fucking day is it.

How long have I been in here?

One day?

Two days?

Three?

Four?

The walls close in on me, getting tighter and tighter, until I squeeze my eyes shut so that I don’t have to see them. The only way to survive this is to just plow right through it. I’ll do what they want me to do, and I’ll breathe, and I’ll talk to them, and I’ll remember, and I’ll get better.

I count, whispering, the monotony lulling me into sleep.

One one thousand.

Two one thousand.

Three one thousand.

The last number I remember is one hundred before I drift into the abyss of sleep.

“Cunt.”

The hissing whisper wakes me, and my eyes open wide, and I don’t know how long I’ve been sleeping. Minutes? Hours?

At first, I think I’m dreaming, but then I see the outline of a girl…a woman…in the chair next to my bed.

It’s dark so I can’t see her face, but her nail polish glints in the moonlight. It’s chipped around the edges. She chews her nails, and she seems so so familiar.

“Who are you?” I ask, a pit forming in the base of my stomach.

“Your worst nightmare.”

I sit straight up in bed, trying like hell to adjust my eyes to the dark, and in that one split second, she’s gone.

I scramble out of bed, turn on the lights, and the nurses find me moments later crawling on my hands and knees, searching beneath my bed.

“What are you looking for?” they ask curiously as they help me up.

“There was a girl in here…” I tell them, and they look at each other strangely because we’re definitely alone now.

“What did she look like?” one asks me as I crawl back into bed.

“I couldn’t see her,” I have to admit. “It was too dark. And her face…it seemed blurry.”

“Maybe you were dreaming,” one suggests.

“I wasn’t,” I insist. “I wasn’t alone.”

But they don’t listen. They turn off my light, and maybe I really am crazy.

I’m on edge for the rest of the night, watching and waiting for someone to appear, but they never do. My muscles are tight and coiled, ready to lunge out of bed again.

But I don’t need to.

She doesn’t come back.

I’ve got to relax. I’ve got to breathe.

I count my breaths until I finally fall asleep again.

The last breath I remember is number five hundred and four.

Courtney Evan Tate’s SUCH DARK THINGS – Tour Schedule

April 16th

Aurora B’s Book Blog – Interview

Devilishly dirty book blog – Review & Excerpt

Smut Book Junkie Reviews – Review & Excerpt

The Book Hammock – Excerpt

April 17th

Book Freak – Review

Bookish Proclivity – Review & Excerpt

Ficwishes – Excerpt

What Is That Book About – Excerpt

April 18th

Chiara’s Book Blog – Excerpt

Read more sleep less – Review & Excerpt

Suey Library – Review

The Bashful BookWhore – Excerpt & Interview

April 19th

A Literary Perusal – Excerpt

Brandy Paige Roberts Blogger page – Excerpt

Feel the Book – Excerpt

TBR Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

April 20th

Audio Killed the Bookmark – Review

Books According to Abby – Excerpt

Roxy’s Reviews – Review & Excerpt

April 21st

After Dark Book Lovers – Review

Brittany’s Book Blog – Review

KDRBCK – Review & Excerpt

April 22nd

Angela’s Opinion – Excerpt

Evermore Books – Excerpt

Lattes & Paperbacks – Review & Excerpt

April 23rd

Becky on Books – Excerpt & Interview

Linz Readz – Review & Excerpt

Little Read Riding Hood – Review & Excerpt

V’s Reads – Review & Excerpt

April 24th

M&J’s book blog – Review & Excerpt

Quesarasera Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Talkbooks – Review & Excerpt

April 25th

All Things Dark & Dirty – Excerpt

Books, Booze, & Brunch – Review

Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

April 26th

Adventures in Writing – Excerpt

Jax’s Book Magic – Excerpt

Literary Misfit – Review & Excerpt

Mom’s Secret Book Blog – Review

No BS Book Reviews – Review

The Book Hookup – Review & Excerpt

The Fairest of All Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

April 27th

Cinta Garcia de la Rosa – Excerpt

Just Me & My Kindle – Excerpt

Miss Riki – Review & Excerpt

Next Book Review – Review & Excerpt

Sassy Moms Say Read Romance – Review & Excerpt

Shh Moms Reading – Excerpt

Smokin’ Hot Reads Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

April 28th

@all_encompassing_books – Review & Excerpt

A Book Nerd, a Bookseller and a Bibliophile – Review & Excerpt

Book Lovers Hangout – Review & Excerpt

Books A-Brewin’ – Excerpt

Bout-a-Book blog – Review & Excerpt

I am a Book Hoarder – Review

Rainy Day Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Red Hot + Blue Reads – Review & Excerpt

Shakespeare’s Wench Book Blog – Review

Tfaulcbookreviews – Review

About Courtney Evan Tate

Courtney Evan Tate is the nom de plume for New York Times bestselling author, Courtney Cole. Courtney Evan Tate is her darker side… the side that explores shadowy places.

Courtney lives in Florida with her husband and kids. She has a passion for raising drug addiction awareness, the Marine Corp (her middle son is a Marine) and being introspective on the human condition.

To learn more about her, you can visit www.courtneycolewrites.com.

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