NetGalley: Bleeding Darkness (Stonechild and Rouleau Mystery #5) by Brenda Chapman


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Title: Bleeding Darkness
Author: Brenda Chapman
Published: June 12, 2018
Publisher: Dundurn
Pages: 392
Genre: Mystery/Thrillers
Review: ebook provided by NetGalley and publisher
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 



Two murders, fourteen years apart, both shrouded in secrets.

David McKenna lies dying in a Kingston hospital, his children gathered from across the country to say a final goodbye. But the family reunion opens old wounds. David’s only daughter, Lauren, never recovered from the unsolved murder of her high school best friend Zoe Delgado fourteen years earlier — or the suspicion that her brother, Tristan, was behind it.

Before David breathes his last, Tristan’s pregnant wife, Vivian, disappears and the Major Crimes Unit is called in to help find her. With Kala Stonechild stuggling to reconnect with her foster niece, and Woodhouse making trouble for Staff Sergeant Jacques Rouleau, tensions are running high on the team, but they must put their personal problems aside when a woman's strangled body is found frozen on the Rideau Trail.
With a winter storm sweeping the shores of Lake Ontario, the team uncovers unspeakable betrayals that give more than one suspect a reason to kill … and raise fears that the two killings were only the beginning


I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.

I did like where this book went in the direction it did. The only thing I would suggest is you may want to read this book in order first. I felt that I did miss a lot of different small things that Stonechild had gone through and it seemed to play a role in this book.
A murder happened fourteen years ago in this town and the cops had a suspect but really couldn't pin it on the boyfriend. When the family comes together for their father who is not doing good it seems that tensions will run high along with secrets that have been kept hidden. When Tristan's wife disappears it seems that everything is happening all over again. This family isn't a happy family so it makes you wonder will they be able to come together with this happening?
When everything comes out in the wash it was a bit of a surprise I thought I had the killer pegged but I was far from off.
As far as police work it was good and I liked Stonechild's approach on handling the speaking with the people she really has a knack for it. Though you can see there is something going on within the force as far as people being in charge and possibly some romance? I do believe I will be reading the first book in this series.






I'm an Ottawa author with 18 published novels in the mystery genre, both adult and YA. I am currently writing two adult mystery series: The Stonechild and Rouleau police procedurals from Dundurn include Cold Mourning (2014), which was shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award for crime novel of the year, Butterfly Kills, Tumbled Graves, Shallow End and Bleeding Darkness. Turning Secrets, 6th in the series, will be released spring 2019.
The Anna Sweet mysteries are novellas from Grass Roots Press for adult literacy or those wanting a quick read. My Sister's Keeper and No Trace were both shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis award and The Hard Fall and No Trace were shortlisted for the Golden Oak award.
Previous published fiction includes: the Jennifer Bannon mysteries for ages 10+, a full length adult murder mystery In Winter's Grip (Dundurn 2010), and a Rapid Reads mystery The Second Wife (Orca 2011), which was shortlisted for a Golden Oak award. Second Chances, a YA novel for ages 13+ was released by Dundurn in September 2012.

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