Edge of Black (Dr. Samantha Owens #2)
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Edge of Black (Dr. Samantha Owens #2)

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Dr. Samantha Owens is starting over: new city, new job, new man, new life. She's trying to put some distance between herself and the devastating loss of her husband and children—but old hurts leave scars.

Before she's even unpacked her office at Georgetown University's forensic pathology department, she's called to consult on a case...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Harlequin MIRA (first published January 1st 2012)
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Karen
Edge of Black The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides...Dr. Samantha Owens is starting over: new city, new job, new man, new life. She's trying to put some distance between herself and the devastating loss of her husband and children-but old hurts leave scars.Before she's even unpacked her office at Georgetown University's forensic pathology department, she's called to consult on a case that's rocked the capital and the country. An unknown pathogen released into the Washington Metro...more
Debbie
Dr. Samantha Owens is settling into her new life in DC. She still mourns her losses but she’s made new friends, has a new career path and has a new love. And now she also has another disaster on her capable hands. What looks like a terrorist attack on the DC subway is taking a new and devious turn. It seems an unknown substance has been released, one that has killed not hundreds not thousands but three, with no apparent relationship to each other. Her friend detective Darren Fletcher needs a fav...more
Erica Spindler
I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to blurb this book. I loved the main character and was quickly sucked into the story. Ellison writes with authority and authenticity.
Rhonda
Edge of black by J.T. Ellison
4 STARS

I like Dr. Samantha Owens she is such a strong character and has gone through so much.
Now she has moved to Washington D.C. and starting a new job teaching at Georgetown University’s forensic pathology department. Has left her home and job as head of forensic after the losses of her family. She has new friends that she is starting here in D.C.
While she is being a guest lecture one of her students is very ill. She decides it will be faster to just take her to h...more
Christa
I have read all of J.T. Ellison's books, and while I have enjoyed them all, this is my favorite to date. Edge of Black is the 2nd book in the Samantha Owens Series, and it was a great mystery/suspense. I love the character of Samantha Owen, and feel for all she has suffered. I think Xander Whitfield is a great match for her, and enjoy the dynamics between the two of them. This book had a storyline that kept me interested, and I couldn't put it down.

Samantha Owens is starting her new job at Georg...more
Victoria
This second book in Ellison’s spin-off series is a much stronger novel than the first. It moves along at a fast pace and has a much more intricate plot. Still, elements of the storyline are bit predictable (namely the vehicles for the murders). But that does not detract from the fun of reading them. There are a couple of points to the overall timeline that may give pause, but overall, it’s a fast and entertaining thriller.

This more politically driven series is loosely linked to Ellison’s Taylor...more
Deb
Samantha Owens is back. Officially moved to Washington D.C. and starting a new job as teaching forensic pathology at Georgetown. She's stronger than the last book but still suffering from the trauma of losing her family. A pathogen released in a metro station that may have been targeting a high ranking political figure has Sam helping out to solve the case.

Although I miss Taylor Jackson, Sam's best friend and Ellison's other series of books, I am growing to love Sam as her own main character. I...more
Elvan
A good solid read. Great second half with lots of chess pieces on the board.

I enjoyed the scenes with Xander's free-ager parents. That and the almost Glory in Death (almost) ending were fun to read. I even enjoyed the tiny Taylor self defence tip included in the dramatic ending. Good stuff.

I still think the author likes to name drop designer labels to the point where it detracts from the story, but she is not the first author to play this Hermes game.

Looking forward to the third Dr. Sam Owens b...more
Wendy
"Edge Of Black" is the second book in the Dr. Samantha Owens series by J.T. Ellison.
Suffering the loss of her family Dr. Owens moves to Washington DC to start over. With a new job, new home, new friends and a new man in her life things are falling into place for her until disaster strikes. An unknown pathogen was released into the Washington Metro killing 3 people and injuring others. A Nationwide panic ensues and Dr. Owens is called in to help solve the case alongside her friend Detective Darre...more
Diane S.
Samantha Owens was a supporting character in previous novels, but now has her own series. This starts out as what appears to be a act of terrorism in a subway in DC, but soon turns out to be so much more. This was a good suspenseful read with multiple story-lines, almost wish there had been a few less. They were all pulled together in a somewhat satisfactory way, but the coincidences seem just a little too much to accept. Did enjoy the look into the survivalist mentality and so like the characte...more
Robin
Edge of Black has been on my to-be-read pile for way too long! I very much enjoyed the book. I found the interactions of the characters enjoyable and the story move along quickly. I had the pleasure of meeting J.T. Ellison last year in Anaheim and asked her (as I hadn't read her yet) if her books would be considered HEA- I didn't realize at the time why that was a difficult question to answer- but her answer was satisfying enough. Her books don't always sit firmly on the HEA shelf- but do lean i...more
Melanie Cook


I totally loved this! Sam is really growing on me.
This was a really good story. Some things I picked up on, some I didn't, but I think I worked out more than I missed. I like that in a book. Makes me feel more a part of it, I think, since I can see where it's going.

I enjoyed learning about Xander's family, and his upbringing, and love that he's so different to them, but still so alike at the same time.
A really enjoyable read! And of course, now I *really* can't wait for the next one!
Loa Ledbetter
J.T. Ellison's Edge of Black delivers with a wonderful mix of suspense and intrigue. Her characters are crisp and well defined and the plot is laid out to precisely lead you to come to conclusions as the characters do.

On a personal note, this book was extremely fun for me to read. Want to know why? If you know me, pick up a copy and find out for yourself!
Kathy
4.5 stars. Edge of Black, J.T. Ellison’s latest release starring Dr. Sam Owens, is a deeply compelling mystery that is action-packed and terrifyingly realistic. To read my review in its entirety, please click HERE.
Loy
this was a great book, it is the second one in the series about Dr Owens --a friend of Taylor Jackson - another series by this author.
I really loved the story -- it was complex. at first it seemed easy to figure out the murder -- but the twists and turns really made it worth the read
Reen
Great second installment to the Sam Owen's series. I enjoyed their visits to Xander's parents and Sam's journey on her new life. They make an interesting pair.
Carolyn E
I love J.T. Ellison's books, and this one was no exception. I want to read some of her other books. However, I have discovered, much to my dismay, that our library only has her other books as ebook editions. Since I don't do ebooks--and don't intend to, despite the fact that my daughter gave me a Kindle--I guess I will have to try to get print editions from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Anyway, I highly recommend Ellison's "Dr. Samantha Owens" series. I could not put this one down and read most o...more
Katrina
Excellent!!!!! I love this series. Can't wait for the next book.
Linda
Someone released a substance in the Metro of D.C.Hundreds of people showed symptoms, but only three people were dead now, Dr. Samantha Qwens was teaching a class when one of her students showed she was in distress, and they carried her to the ER. Samantha is a forensic pathologist and is called upon as a consultant, discovers the invisible pathogen, and goes on a hunt to save her man and discover the bomber's identity only to find herself fighting for her life!!

Mark a gold star for the second bo...more
Melissa
Great book.
Denise
3.0 out of 5 stars - this follow up to "A Deeper Darkness" featuring medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens was a bit short on suspense and thrills but sufficiently entertaining.

Make no mistake, Sam Owens is NOT Kay Scarpetta or Jessica Coran. This novel doesn't emphasize the interesting forensic details that those protagonists usually provide, except for Sam making remarkable leaps in discovery as she is called in to consult with Detective Fletcher again on a case involving the release of a poiso...more
Cheryl M-M
I liked the fact the author didn't have the characters dance around the issues of grief. Sam is presented in a realistic way. She suffers from anxiety attacks, OCD and almost compulsive coping mechanisms, which she tries to control when she remembers her dead family or when she is under extreme duress.
Not sure the way Fletcher, Xander and Sam interact with the authorities is completely plausible. They seem to come and go and do whatever they want when they want. There also isn't much forensic p...more
Rhonda
Feb 17, 2013 Rhonda rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
"Edge Of Black" is the second book in the Dr. Samantha Owens series by J.T. Ellison.
Suffering the loss of her family Dr. Owens moves to Washington DC to start over. With a new job, new home, new friends and a new man in her life things are falling into place for her until disaster strikes. An unknown pathogen was released into the Washington Metro killing 3 people and injuring others. A Nationwide panic ensues and Dr. Owens is called in to help solve the case alongside her friend Detective Darre...more
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Dr Samantha Owens has left her old life -- her job at Forensic Medical, her best friend Taylor Jackson, the home she shared with her late husband and their twins -- behind. She's sols her Nashville home, has a new job teaching and somewhere very new, and different to call home every night

Sam's ready to try to move on from the crushing grief -- and guilt -- she feels after losing her husband and young children in the Nashville flood. Also a part of her new life in Washington DC: Xander Whitfield,...more
Dotti Elrick
This is the second book of the Samantha Owens series, which was spun off of J.T. Ellison's Taylor Jackson series. I was not a huge fan of the first book, A Deeper Darkness, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one.
Sam has moved from Nashville, she's starting over, a new city, new job, and a new man in her life. Before she even gets her feet under her, her friend and D.C. detective Fletch, asks her, as a favorite to him, to autopsy the body of a congressmen who was involved in a terrorist type...more
Dorine
Rated 4.5 - also posted at TBR Mountain Range.

If you love a suspense thriller, then EDGE OF BLACK will grab you from the first chapter. A great cast of characters keeps this novel hopping from Washington, D.C. to Colorado with one twist after another.

Starting off in the point-of-view of the villain, the first chapter leads the reader step-by-step through an event that seems well-rehearsed and planned. Is he a terrorist? What's he doing? Will he get away with it? It's that uncertainty that draws...more
Becky
Sam is starting over -- new city, new job, and even a new boyfriend. Convinced she needs a break from her job as a Medical Examiner, she's taken on a teaching position at Georgetown University. When a student falls ill as a result of what's clearly a biological attack on the capitol, Sam finds her skills as an ME are called upon once more. The attack has been contained and so far the number of deaths is limited to just three, one of whom happens to be a senator who's made more than a few enemies...more
Landslide
*I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

It's been a while since I read a thriller as satisfying as Edge of Black. This is the second in a series and now I really want to read the first, especially cause it's the story of how the main characters met.

The main characters are Dr. Samantha Owens, a forensic pathologist, and Xander Whitfield, a former army ranger. At first sight they have nothing in common but the fact is both have tragic pasts of lost and sorrow that uni...more
Nikki
Just a few notes:
-Where the hell are the ugly/plain people? Everyone in this cast was gorgeous. All the men were ripped, all the women had nice legs and "racks."
-Bullshit on someone being brought in for questioning, about a possible suspect in a terrorist attack, and being allowed to say, "I don't want to say his name." That is not going to happen. I literally cried "Bullshit" on that.
-The author kept making a note of Fletch's feelings for Sam, which I never really got (aside from the author cr...more
readinghearts (Lyn M)
Mar 04, 2013 readinghearts (Lyn M) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Novel Ladies, GR 101, Donna
Recommended to readinghearts (Lyn M) by: publisher and Netgalley
Having just read the first book in J.T. Ellison's Samantha Owens series, I was really glad that I had the ARC of the second book, Edge of Black to read next. In this book we find that Sam has sold her house and left her ME job in Nashville to move to DC and take a job as the head of the pathology department at George Washington University. As she begins her first teaching assignment during summer school, fate again intervenes. One of her students becomes ill and when Sam takes her to the hospita...more
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J.T. Ellison is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve critically acclaimed novels, multiple short stories and has been published in over twenty countries. Her novel THE COLD ROOM won the ITW Thriller Award for Best Paperback Original of 2010 and WHERE ALL THE DEAD LIE was a RITA® Nominee for Best Romantic Suspense of 2012.

She lives in Nashville with her husband and the ghost of a poorly...more
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