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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  30 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Thirty-year-old Casey Holland likes being a transit security cop. It brings out the best of her compassion, perseverance and courage. After capturing a suspect who's been groping female bus passengers, Casey learns that her father was murdered in his West Vancouver home the previous evening. The trouble is, Casey buried her dad at an open-casket funeral service three years ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 15th 2011 by TouchWood Editions (first published January 1st 2011)
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Julie Ferguson
"The Opposite of Dark" is the first in Purdy Kong's Casey Holland mystery series published by Touchwood Editions. And I am SO glad because I'm going to have more excellent reads to anticipate.

This book is a page-turner that will keep you up late. It tells the story of a transit security officer, Casey, who is confronted by news that her long-dead father has died -- again. If I say more, I will reveal a tense and exciting plot that you must experience for yourself. Purdy Kong creates rounded, bel
Lou Allin
The Opposite of Dark
Debra Purdy Kong’s new series starts off with a bang. Trying to recover from her broken marriage by applying herself to her career, transit security cop Casey Holland thinks nothing of chasing down a groper or purse snatcher while dressed as a decoy in stilettos and mini-skirt. But as she files her report at HQ, the cops come knocking at the door. She thought she had buried her globe-trotting architect father Marcus three years ago when he died of botulism in Europe. The cas
What is a daughter to do when 3 years after she has buried her father she is presented with another body identified as her father? The first thing to come to mind of course, is that he is already dead and can't be dead again. Or can he? If it wasn't such a horrifying thought, it would be almost comical. There are so many things one doesn't think of in a case such as this. In particular, the funeral home where her father was buried the first time is adamant that he is still in plot 352, so how do ...more
Alison Bruce
It takes a compelling book to stand up to my current schedule. The Opposite of Dark is such a book.

Right now, the only chance I get to read is when I'm taking my son around to deliver his papers on flyer days. (He can do the other days on his bike.) Despite the interruptions, I not only kept coming back to Debra's story, I found times to steal away from other stuff so I could read some more.

The protagonist, Casey Holland would sympathize with my plight. She has to investigate her father's deat
Jessica Dumitru
I won this book through First Reads giveaways.

When I read the summary of this book, I knew I'd love it. Being Canadian, it is awesome to read something based in your country or even some place you know. I loved the character development, never knowing who did what and accusing every somewhat bad or suspicious person for it all. The plot was amazing. Such a great mystery that kept me guessing until the end.
Good Fun Read and I'm sure I'll read more in this series! I quite enjoyed reading this book although it was rather difficult, at times, to figure out who were really the "good guys" and who were really the "bad guys" but I guess that just added to the mystery, One of the motives was pretty obvious and solid and I suspect many readers had identified at least one of the culprits quite early in the story and the twist at the ending could have been seen coming even if the motive in that part of the ...more
Barbara Brink
The Opposite of Dark was the first book in Debra Purdy Kong's Casey Holland mystery series. I really enjoyed getting to know Casey, learning about her dysfunctional family and her job as a security officer with the city bus company. She was tough enough to chase down purse snatchers but still caring and warm hearted with the people in her life.
This is a mystery with a lot of crazy characters and a fast moving plot to keep you on your toes. I wasn't quite sure who the murderer was until the end,
Mallee Stanley
I liked how this book grabbed my interest from the first page. Casey Holland not only had to work at her job on the bag snatcher, but also had family issues to delve into when she was told that her father, whom she thought died three years earlier, had just been murdered. This lead Casey to Europe where she questioned people whose names appeared in her father's special notebook as well as into danger. But it only got worse when she returned to her East Vancouver apartment. The mysterious work he ...more
Before I launch into my reviews of this book I want to share that I personally know the author. She attends a critique group I attend and I’ve had the pleasure of hearing bits from future novels in the Casey Holland series. So going into these books I already had a rudimentary understanding of the character and I already had some ‘spoilers’ since references are made to events in previous books.

The first book in the series introduces the reader to Casey Holland, a transit security officer working
The Opposite of Dark
Author: Debra Purdy Kong
Reviewed by Fran Lewis

Casey Holland is a transit security officer who enjoys her job and capturing petty criminals is second nature to her. But, when she takes down her last suspect and is interrogated by her boss and the police what she learns is definitely going to change her life. Imagine burying your father and finding out that he might have died again? Imagine picturing him in his coffin and then being told by the police they just found his body a
I think I'll try another of this series to see where it goes.
Kristina Stanley
The title of this book gives you something to think about. Engaging and exciting from the first page, Debra has created a mystery that keeps you reading. Who knew buses had security? And what is the opposite of dark? You need to read the book to find out.
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I've been writing and publishing mystery novels, short stories, personal essays, and articles for over 30 years. I guess the most well-known publication I've been published in is Chicken Soup for the Bride's Soul.

Both books in my Alex Bellamy series, TAXED TO DEATH and FATAL ENCRYPTION centre around white-collar crime and take place in Vancouver.

My newer series features transit security cop, Casey
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