Fasten Your Seat Belts Before Reading Karen Robards’ Nail-Biting Thriller ‘Darkness’ [REVIEW]


Karen Robards taps into our deepest fears in DARKNESS. (Photo by English Rose247, Flickr)

Karen Robards’ latest novel, Darkness, captivated me from the very first sentence. “It was an ordinary flight, on an ordinary day, full of ordinary people. Until it wasn’t.” Then the unthinkable happens and the plan crashes into the mountains. No one knows why. As someone who is already a nervous flier, this story line had my palms sweating right from the start. 

Karen Robards' DARKNESS

Gallery Books

A year later, a small jet carrying a total of four people drops from the sky and lands near Alaska’s Attu Island, where researchers are conducting studies on native bird habitats in the area.

One of the ornithologists, Dr. Gina Sullivan, watches the plane descend near her boat. She rescues the sole survivor, James “Cal” Callahan, from the wreckage as well as from an impending storm.

Racing against the clock, with little food, no radios to communicate with the outside world, and a bullet wound in Cal’s side, they battle internal demons and deadly mercenaries as they struggle to reach safety.

With Darkness, Robards has crafted a masterful plot that is taut with suspense. It’s an emotionally charged thrill ride that should come with a warning for pregnant women and anyone with heart problems, because the danger is palpable and the tension will definitely raise your blood pressure. Let me warn you, you’re going to want to devour Darkness in one sitting. It’s simply that riveting and that good!

Karen Robards

Karen Robards
(Photo courtesy Gallery Books)


Karen Robards is the author of 50 books and one novella. She is the mother of three boys and lives in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.

A regular on the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists, among others, she published her first novel at age 24. “I read, I write, and I chauffeur children,” she says with a laugh. “That’s my life.”

Visit her home on the Web at, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.

By Karen Robards
384 pgs. Gallery Books. $26.

About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

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