The Dark River: the place in the River where most gifteds will not go, a place of evil and addiction where only the desperate, foolish, or depraved enter.
First introduced in The Haunting at Grays Harbor, The Dark River is a place inside the River. It can only be accessed in specific physical locations. One of these locations is in the eastern U.S., near Appalachian country. The other is in Utah, twenty miles north of St. George, near the Utah/Nevada line. A takes place at the eastern access point.
There is crossover between events in this series and the first series, The River. Be sure to check out the Suggested Reading Order.
Here are the books in The Dark River series:
Derick was once a cop who, like every other cop, ignored the strange and inexplicable things that would pop up every now and then in his police work. After he retired, he decided to explore these unresolved things, and he discovered a clandestine world of people who are able to communicate with the dead. Though not gifted himself, he found a way to not only enter the Dark River, but also to make some money, taking contracts to pull people out and back to the real world.
This time, the contract he takes turns out to be more than he bargained for, and it takes him deeper into the Dark River than he ever wanted to go. He faces strange, sadistic creatures, an infection that requires routine treatments to keep at bay, and the constant threat of firestorms as he escorts a woman with a secret through the foreboding landscape to her destination in a rebel town.
A is a fast-paced paranormal mystery, filled with strange twists and turns in a sinister setting. It’s the first book in The Dark River series, set in the same universe as its companion series, The Downwinders and The River.
In the real world, Derick is just a retired cop; but in the Dark River, he’s public enemy number one, living in a land of ghosts.
Most people with the gift won’t enter the Dark River. It’s a disturbing place of evil, where it’s easy to lose oneself in its depraved pleasures – or die in the jaws of a horrifying creature.
Though Derick isn’t gifted, he’s found a way to enter the Dark River, but only to pay the bills: people pay him to go there and extract loved ones from its clutches.
After an extraction goes wrong, Derick becomes a wanted man. Wanted for helping rebels. Wanted for murdering Yann, the great torturer. Wanted for destroying an entire town by fire.
Derick also finds himself the de facto father of A, a monochild with secrets of his own.
Derick’s journey takes him to the gory graveyard of The Blood Gardener, where he forms an uneasy alliance. Will this help him destroy the forces determined to hunt him down?
The Blood Gardener is a fast-paced paranormal mystery, filled with strange twists and turns in a macabre setting. It’s the second book in The Dark River series, set in the same universe as its companion series, The Downwinders and The River.
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