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The Darker Side (Smoky Barrett #3)

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Everyone has a secret they don’t dare tell anyone.
He’ll kill you for yours.

Cody McFadyen has shocked even the most jaded suspense fans with Shadow Man and The Face of Death. Now comes a thriller that outdoes them all, featuring a psychopath on a perverse crusade of murder. And the one woman who can stop him has a secret that will change her from the hunter to the hunted.…
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by Bantam (first published 2008)
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D.B. Woodling
Apr 22, 2016 D.B. Woodling rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
In The Darker Side, his third novel, McFadyen’s hook is man’s desire to protect his darkest secret. When a jet lands after a routine flight, the crew discover a murdered passenger. Because the victim was a Congressman’s son, the FBI joins the search for the killer.

Agent Smoky Barrett, designated the lead investigator, soon discovers the victim was not only a transsexual but also sought contrition for an iniquitous deed. When Smoky and her task force stumble across 143 coerced videotaped confessi
Book 3 of the Smoky Barrett series - Shocking and repulsive at points!

This book is even more horrifying than the first two. Similar to the first two, it is quite violent and graphic at points. I did not find this one enjoyable once I got about 35% in, but finished it up because I really liked the first two and wanted to complete the series. I am currently reading book 4 and am happy to report that this one is more in line with the earlier ones.

I would only recommend this book to thriller fans wh
Jan 20, 2016 Brenda rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the Smoky Barrett series, which I have been binge reading. I was not as emotionally involved in this book. Well, that's not exactly correct; I was feeling different emotions than I did with the first two books. I wondered whether I was becoming inured to what McFadyen is writing, but then he wrote a scene that was a sucker punch. Nope. Not inured.

This book delves deeper into the darkness of serial killers. We, who sit on the fringes of investigations or sit on juries, w
Mary Beth
Apr 24, 2016 Mary Beth rated it it was ok
I did not like this one! Yuck!
Smokey and her team are called to Washington DC when a sadistc killer uses his Catholic faith as justification for a horrific killing spree. Parts of this book were very good but overall it was disjointed and not anywhere close to the writing caliber of the first two in the series. I sure hope the next one falls back into step. We are doing a buddy read and all of the people in the group had the same consensus but will also still be reading the next.
Apr 23, 2016 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bonnie- you are not forgiven.
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
Awesome book in this fantastic series. I just can't get enough. McFadyen knows his stuff. Looking forward to reading more of his in this new year.
Feb 10, 2016 Keri rated it it was amazing
Whewww!!! What a ride this was. I know when Smokey Barrett climbs on the Dark Train that we are always in for a heck of a ride. Smokey is the head of an elite unit of the LA FBI that hunt nothing but serial killers. Luckily her and her group are very good at what they do. Smokey's team gets a call from the head of the FBI about a Texas Senator's daughter that was found dead on a plane. The only problem is, she is really a he. Smokey is confused at first as to why her team is brought in, but when ...more
Meine Meinung:
Diesmal war ich nicht ganz so angetan von diesem Buch, es lies sich gut und leicht lesen wie alle Bücher von Cody McFadyen, aber der Spannungsbogen hat sich nicht so aufgebaut. Desweiteren fand ich, dass dieses Buch zu sehr "kirchenbelastet" war. Serienmörder in dieser Form gibt es schon in zu vielen anderen Thrillern. Also, bitte ein neuer Versuch Cody...
Nicola Burns
Mar 19, 2016 Nicola Burns rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Third of the Smoky Barret Series. I have enjoyed these books and have read through them back to back. Once again I have gotten more info about the main Characters and private life's..but it's not over informing and doesn't detract from the main story. This one hasn't been my most gripping however.
Tim Warner
Apr 16, 2012 Tim Warner rated it it was ok
I was thoroughly disappointed in this third in the series. McFadyen is a superb writer as revealed in the firzt two books in this series. He writes about the true evil inherent in serial killers with a genuine ability to be unrelenting in revealing pathological evil. However this book lacked everything which made the first two books exceptional. I don't know what happened with the Darker Side. I know that the author went through a divorce and maybe this was written during that trying time... the ...more
Mar 26, 2015 Mariiine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
J'avais oublié à quel point j'aime les thrillers, et ceux de Cody McFadyen sont juste extras !
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Dec 05, 2014 Kris - My Novelesque Life rated it really liked it

"When FBI Agent Smoky Barrett and her team of investigators are called in by the Director himself to handle a case of murder committed on a flight from Texas to Virginia, the case begins with a shock, and the twists keep coming.It soon becomes apparent that Smoky is dealing with a serial killer who appears to have committed a truly horrific number of murders already, someone who can find people with secrets not just the secrets we all admit to ourselves, but the deepest, innermost secrets
Paula  Phillips
Jan 14, 2012 Paula Phillips rated it it was amazing
Are you a fan of Serial Killer novels ? Love and Read Cody McFayden's other books ? When I saw this book come through, I wasn't sure if I had read it but when I started bits and pieces started to gel and seem familiar but it was prior to the joining the ranks of Book Bloggers United and our fabulous community of sharing books, and since I am such a huge fan of Cody's books , I figured why not just read it again and I'm glad I did as of course surprise, surprise I enjoyed it.
In The Darker side,
Jan 20, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: recovering Catholics
Recommended to Jennifer by: Prevous books
Shelves: read-2012
In many ways, this series (for me) fills the gap left behind by Harlen Coben's move toward stand alones and away from his regular outings with Myron Bolitar. Though there is very little in common between Smokey Barrett, an FBI agent who heads an elite unit devoted to tracking down serial killers, and Myron, sports agent and reluctant detective, the two series have a similar feel--a strong first person narrative voice, an interesting cast of secondary characters, and a world this is both brutal a ...more
Mar 15, 2014 Debby rated it really liked it
This book really pushed the limit of what I like reading when it comes to explicit violence; however, the hunt for this ruthless serial kiler was what kept me reading. Who could be so evil and yet proclaim themselves to be so self-righteous in his pursuit of truth?

There are your run of the mill psychoogical thrillers and then there is this series by Cody McFadyen. McFadyen's antagonists are bone-chillingly realistic; evil personified. Smky Carrett and her team have all seemed to have been to t
Juli Rahel
Feb 08, 2015 Juli Rahel rated it liked it
This book isn't exactly new, it was published May last year, but I just got my hands on it last week. So, this book is called 'The Darker Side' by Cofy McFadyen.

The protagonist of this story is Smoky Barret, a FBI Special Agent with a tragic past. Two years ago her husband and daughter were murdered by a serial-killer with a personal grudge. He raped her and cut up her face. Smoky however survived and is once again one of the best Special Agents the FBI has.
That is exactly why she's chosen to in
Jul 16, 2014 Stina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: krimier
Satans Sjæl er i den grad en stereotyp Amerikansk krimi/thriller… På den gode måde :)
Det er mit første bekendtskab med Cody McFadyen – Men ikke det sidste.

Sproget er flydende og trods de mange teologiske termer vender siderne sig selv fra start til slut.

Persongalleriet er rigt og utrolig levende beskrevet, specielt er jeg helt inde under huden på Smokey. Hun er lige dele humoristisk, skæv og gennemsympatisk. Der er ingen nykker, bedrevidende egotripper eller nemme løsninger hos hende – TOP klass
Akhil Ramankutty
Apr 26, 2014 Akhil Ramankutty rated it liked it
“Dreams evolve, not always for the better.”
Found an awesome series to read through. I loved this book. Maybe it’s because I very much admire the character of the protagonist, Agent Smoky Barret (what a name, ha?) who has a terribly long scar that meanders through her face (courtesy of an earlier villain), that would make the Joker’s, look like a joke. She is the leader of a team of agents who are vibrant characters themselves, and together, somehow, despite their differences, the four of them ma
Jul 01, 2014 Paul rated it it was ok
In "The Darker Side," the third novel featuring FBI Special Agent Smoky Barrett, Barrett and her team are called to Washington, DC to deal with a homicide that could be potentially explosive for one of the country's rising political stars. What they find, however, makes it nearly impossible to keep the lid on; the victim, the transsexual child of a leading candidate for higher office, appears to be the latest in a very, very long string of murders linked together by the killer's calling card. Wo ...more
Vannessa Anderson
Sep 21, 2014 Vannessa Anderson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cody-mcfadyen
Another winner for Cody McFadyen! Special Agent Smoky Barrett, at the request of a grieving mother, is assigned by the Director to find the killer of a politician’s son who was killed and left aboard a commercial jet. The killer leaves no clues at any of his crime sites and leads Smokey and her team of manhunters on the hunt of their lives. This is the best psychological thriller I’ve read in a while and is the page-turner of all page-turners.
Feb 14, 2014 Anica rated it liked it
2,5 stars

Oh well. I am a bit indecisive here because it's not like the book was that bad at all but I just read better ones. Even the two earlier Smoky ones were more exciting than this one even though it took McFadyen way too long to develop a certain excitement point or whatever.

But here? It felt like McFadyen only wrote this book in some kind of routine. Very obvious, very straight. No excitement. No real awesome plot. No nothing. The thing is normaly a person like Smoky would be "done" - the
Oct 20, 2013 Francesca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
4 ans après la parution française du tome 2, enfin la sortie du tome 3! Et il me réconcilie avec le genre du thriller avec une intrigue policière solide et violente (orientée sexuellement), des personnages touchants, une pointe de romance et de l'émotion qui m'a serrée le cœur plusieurs fois, tout en tombant dans le panneau comme l'héroïne! J'espère que la suite sortira en France, et pas dans le même délai.
Judi/Judith Riddle
May 19, 2010 Judi/Judith Riddle rated it really liked it
At first I was going to give this book 3 stars even though I had given the other 3 books in the series 5 stars. Even though it was a good book with great characters it had religious overload by the 4 the chapter. By the time I finished the book I sat for an hour thinking how the book made me take inventory of myself and beliefs. No I did not get "get religion" although was a powerful book.
Mar 15, 2013 Sheila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is #3 in the Smoky Barret FBI series and this book finds the team caught up in a serial killers ongoing quest for "the truth". Somehow the killer nicknamed The Preacher captures/tortures and kills women after he films them admitting their deepest darkest sinful secrets.

This book was intense as this entire series. I wish Cody McFadyen would write some more books.
Jun 13, 2015 Cyn rated it really liked it
How ... timely this book was. Yet another solid thriller from McFadyen. I enjoy the Smoky Barret series a lot. I think the second book had one of the most emotionally moving scenes of death I've ever heard. This, the third book in the series, is no disappointment, despite the author using his characters to engage in a bit of scolding to the audience/reader should they happen to disagree with certain elements asserted. However much I enjoy this series, there is something about Smoky that rankles ...more
May 30, 2011 Emine rated it did not like it
I bought this book in hopes that it would be a well-written mystery novel, but all I could find was tasteless gore that was supposed to make the book more interesting somehow. I finished it wishing I had never picked it up.
May 16, 2016 Anne marked it as sorted-out  ·  review of another edition
Ohje, ich hätte vorher mal gucken sollen, was ich von McFadyen schon kenne und wie mir das gefallen hat. Übers Wochenende hatte ich "Das Böse in uns" dabei und habe kaum 100 Seiten geschafft, während ich mich darüber aufgeregt habe, wie klischeebeladen Smoky und ihr Team sind und wie uninteressant eigentlich, obwohl sie doch alle für sich so wahnsinnig speziell sind.

Der Fall selbst könnte vielleicht noch spannend werden, aber ich möchte nicht noch Stunden damit verbringen, um dann am Ende wiede
Jun 08, 2015 Myrna rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars. I hate it when authors of a series repeat too much information in the subsequent books. Write for the reader who starts at book one and follows the series. If someone comes late to the dance, they can go back and read the earlier ones, or figure it out. But please stop wasting my time as a loyal reader; it really turns me off! Especially when it's verbatim. If I have to read the same passage about the shape of Smoky's scar or about how James is a genius, etc. I worry I will explode! ...more
Sep 04, 2014 Agnes rated it it was amazing
This book sure left me in a shock, on the 10th page! Well, reading it on the side to Hagen's "Murderers" it makes it feel quite real. Morbid, vulgar, even brutal at some point, a true idea of a good thriller. The religious side of the murders keeps me thinking about the fanaticism and extreme ways of the (some, most) Catholics today. Characters were well done, from the basic idea to complete life told in a few sentences (talking 'bout Smokey whose life sure won't let you stay neutral). All in al ...more
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Cody McFadyen is an international bestselling author of six thrillers. Five of those thrillers are centered around FBI special agent Smoky Barrett, who hunts serial killers. Book number 5 of the series was published in Germany with no English translation. In 2011 his stand alone thriller Der Menschenmacher was published in Germany, again with no English translation. Since his last U.S. publication ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Smoky Barrett (5 books)
  • Shadow Man (Smoky Barrett, #1)
  • The Face of Death (Smoky Barrett, #2)
  • Abandoned (Smoky Barrett #4)
  • Die Stille vor dem Tod (Smoky Barrett, #5)

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