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Dark Memento

(Verona Bay #1)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  179 ratings  ·  102 reviews
Welcome to Verona Bay, a small coastal town where the secrets just won’t stay buried—and people aren’t always who they seem.

She was the one that got away…

Eight years ago Serenity Washington watched as her twin sister was murdered. She was lucky to escape the same grisly fate. With her sister’s killer in jail, she relocated and tried to move on with her life. She married a
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Published September 10th 2019 by KR Press, LLC
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Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.

Katie Reus kicks off her latest series with murder, suspense and romance as history begins to repeat itself in Verona Bay.

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I’m not going to say much on the storyline here as I never do when there’s a whodunnit, just know it’s one which keeps you on your toes, introducing twists and turns that bring a darker atmosphere alongside a lightness created by Serenity’s daughter, Harper and the building friends-to-lovers romance between Serenity and Lucas.

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Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book opens with Savannah and her twin sister Serenity. They’re strapped to makeshift wooden tables on a small cabin. Kidnapped by the serial killer Michael Black.

Savannah dies but Serenity escapes and Black is captured. He’s spending life behind bars and Serenity is moving on with her life. Well she’s trying her best. She’ll never escape the nightmares and the torment of losing her twin.

She’s now a mother and a widow. Years after the disaster that changed her life she moves back to Verona Ba
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I gotta hand it to the author, I tried to guess who the culprit was twice and was wrong both times. She didn't try to trick you into believing one over multiple other options, which made it hard to pinpoint who it was. I love it when an author can fool me like that.

I love the new setting for this series and I have high hopes for all the Jordan brothers. Lucas Jordan was awesome. I melted with the interactions with him and Harper. I do wish his and Serenity's relationship built a bit faster but
Claire Robinson
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shit-hot-series
5 - "The world is a screwed up place ..." Stars!

Welcome to Verona Bay the small town that widower and single mother; Serenity Washington has returned to, to start over again and raise her young daughter.

She’d been a victim once… Never again.

This is the town she grew up in, and also the place where here memories are the hardest to deal with, because most of them contain her twin sister, a sister she watched die, the guilt and grief of being the killer’s only surviving victim is still strong, a
No one does romantic suspense better than Katie Reus! The drama and action starts at page one and never lets up. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and ended up reading this in one sitting, it was just that good.


I absolutely loved this hero and heroine! Lucas is that strong, alpha who is smart enough to allow the heroine to work through her issues. He never pushes her into more than she can handle and he never oversteps the boundaries she’s set. Nevertheless, it’s clear that he cares fo
Eva Millien
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Eight years ago, Serenity Washington was lucky to escape after watching her twin sister’s murder. After her sister’s killer was caught, she relocated and tried to move on with her life. She started a family, but after her husband dies unexpectedly, she moves back to the last place remembers being happy, Verona Bay. Within months of her homecoming, she starts receiving gifts and taunting notes, which has her turning to the local sheriff for help. She has no doubt that she’s the ultimate target, b ...more
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dark Memento is a riveting tale that will keep you guessing. Someone is gas-lighting Serenity. They’re sending her mementos from her twin sister who was murdered eight years ago. But the murderer is in prison. This mind bending story gives us several suspects and winnowing them down won’t be easy. Keeping Serenity and her daughter safe falls to former Marine Lucas Jordan which is fine by him because he has fallen for the young widow and will let nothing harm her. This story is filled with twists ...more
Kimberley C.
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this suspenseful story! And better yet, I really didn’t guess the “bad guy” until the very end! Well done! Good characters and storyline. 4 stars from me!
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A dark memento comes back to haunt her present❣

Serenity and her twin sister are kidnapped by a serial killer who has plagued their small town and college. When Serenity realises her twin hasn’t survived, she knows she has to escape by all means necessary. Fast forward eight years later, she returns to Verona Bay with her daughter, after her husband dies while deployed. She has now started receiving “dark mementos” from her kidnapping and people she loves have either disappearing or turning up d
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Eight years earlier Serenity and her twin sister were kidnapped, and Serenity was the only survivor. Now, someone is leaving her mementos from that day, and friends start disappearing or winding up dead. With her sister’s murderer in jail, Serenity, Lucas, the police, and the FBI have to find out who is behind the crime before someone finishes what wasn’t finished eight years ago.

The book grabbed my attention and kept it until the end. I really enjoyed the suspense and thought it was well-writte
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great mix of romance and suspense!! The prologue really drew me in, and I couldn't wait to learn more about Serenity. Her strength is so inspiring. I just adored Lucas. He is such a perfect hero and is so patient with her. The suspense was really interesting and moved quickly. This was also a good setup for the rest of the series, since I really liked the side characters. That being said, I personally would have preferred not having the chapters from the killer and side characters' POVs, but t ...more
This book kept me on the edge of my seat and I didn't want to put it down! I thought I figured out who the killer was twice and I was completely wrong. I loved it!

Serenity was a strong woman. She survived being kidnapped, losing her twin, her husband, and now being targeted again. I instantly liked her and continued to be amazed at how strong she was, even when she was breaking down.

Lucas was the perfect choice for her. He was caring, hard working, and most importantly protective but not control
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great start to the Verona Bay series! Here we meet Serenity Washington who has moved back to her hometown after a horrific history there. She’s got a great business, friends, and Lucas who’d like to be more than friends. This story has everything I look for - dead body ✔, twisted killer that I couldn’t guess ✔, a hottie love interest ✔, and a fast paced, action filled story right to the end ✔ ! I can’t wait for what’s next in Verona Bay!

*ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review.
Aug 30, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.
Rosemary K
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Serenity Washington has been through hell. She watched her twin die by the hands of a serial killer. She escaped and helped put their tormentor in prison. After eight years she's back home in Verona Bay with her daughter. She wants peace but evil is stalking her and her friends. This story scared me. I felt Serenity's fear when she received the momentos from her past ordeal. After all she endured I wanted her to be safe from the monster who hated her. I was glad Lucas Jordan was there to protect ...more
Sandy S
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date September 10, 2019

Welcome to Verona Bay, a small coastal town where the secrets just won’t stay buried—and people aren’t always who they seem.

She was the one that got away…

Eight years ago Serenity Washington watched as her twin sister was murdered. She was lucky to escape the same grisly fate. With her sister’s killer in jail, she relocated and tried to move on with her life. She married a man in the Air Force and started a family, but when her husband dies
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Title: Dark Memento
Series: Verona Bay Book #1
Stand Alone Title: yes
Author: Katie Reus
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Blurb: Welcome to Verona Bay, a small coastal town where the secrets just won’t stay buried—and people aren’t always who they seem.

She was the one that got away…

Eight years ago Serenity Washington watched as her twin sister was murdered. She was lucky to escape the same grisly fate. With her sister’s killer in jail, she relocated and tried to move on with her life. She married a man in th
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The first book in Katie Reus’ new Verona Bay series, Dark Memento is a dark, disturbing, and thrilling page-turner with a seamless balance of steamy romance and suspense. With twists and turns, and red herrings galore, it keeps you guessing until the very end trying to identify the psychotic villain sending Serenity Washington threatening notes and souvenirs from the kidnapping/murder spree of the convicted serial killer who kidnapped her and her twin eight years ago. While Serenity escaped aliv ...more
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Serenity, the heroine, had a light at the end of the tunnel, folks. That being Lucas, the hero, who was worth it all to wind up with him after the unimaginable torment/agony she’s been through. Seriously, this gal has gone through the wringer and then some. That opening scene….My, oh, my! As heart pounding, disturbing, and tragic as it was, I loved how strong, resilient, and determined her character was right from the get go.

I’ve shied away from serial killer drama based books over the years. M
Dark Memento was one of those stories that had me torn between flipping the pages to find out what was going to happen next so I could unravel the mystery and forcing myself to slow down to immerse myself fully in the pages to appreciate the masterfully written story that Katie Reus has put together.

The chilling flashbacks from Serenity’s run in with a serial killer set the stage for the background of this story and were woven into the current day mystery perfectly, making it easy for me to be d
Eight years ago Serenity and her twin sister Savannah were captured by a serial killer. Serenity escaped, but not before she was forced to watch her sister die. Although she's tried to move on with her life Serenity has always felt like a piece of her is missing so after her husband dies she's returned to her hometown with her young daughter Harper. Just when she was starting to feel settled again someone starts leaving her gifts, starting with a bracelet that used to belong to her sister, one t ...more
Kristi Hudecek-Ashwill
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Serenity's twin sister, Savannah, was murdered right before her eyes. Both had been abducted from their college campus by a serial killer who tortured them. Unfortunately, Savannah didn't survive. Years later, Serenity is now a widow with a small child and somebody is after her. They start by leaving her sister's charm bracelet in an envelope on her windshield and with a note that has "tick tock" and a message written to her. The tick tock thing put me on edge right off and every time I read it, ...more
On The Edge Of Your Seat!!!

Serenity Washington watched her twin sister Savannah get murdered, she was lucky to have escaped. The killer was locked up, she moved on. Got married to an Air Force man, had a beautiful and smart daughter, Harper...then her life took a drastic turn when her husband unexpectedly died. She packed up her life and moved back to her hometown, Verona Bay, Florida.

Lucas Jordan was a former Marine now the co-owner of his family business, Jordan Constructions. He had been int
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic start to a great new series from Katie Reus. Eight years ago along with her twin sister Savannah, Serenity Washington was kidnapped from her dorm room by a serial killer called The Shepherd who chose his victims from college campus’. While she was fortunate to escape, Savannah wasn’t so lucky. The only saving grace was that the killer was caught trying to kill Serenity. Eight years on Serenity, now a widow, has returned to Verona Bay to raise her young daughter. Not everyone is pleas ...more
Sandy Kelly
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is book 1 in the Verona Bay series and if you love this author's books, this one is another you will love just as much! Serenity Washington watched years ago as her sister was murdered in front of her. She has never truly moved on, even though the serial killer was caught and convicted. She got married, had a child. But after losing her husband overseas, she has moved back home to try to give her daughter ties and more stability. Lucas Jordan has known Serenity since they were kids. And now ...more
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

I was excited to see a new genre from Katie Reus. I've enjoyed her past romantic action suspense novels. Well what a start to the book it was thrilling and creepy and made me nervous. Serenity survived that scary incident in her youth she been through a lot. Now back in her hometown trying to establish her and her daughter's life. Now she's scared to let a guy control her life even if she's very attracted to Lucas. Lucas is all caring and steadfast the kind of person she needs right no
Debbie Caswell
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Katie Reus is one of my favourite authors and with this new series she looks like she will have another hit on her hands

The story centres around Serenity Washington and Lucas Jordan she is a single mum who has just returned to Verona Bay after years away She didn't leave of her own free will eight years ago she and her twin sister where kidnapped by a serial killer Serenity was rescued but her twin sister didn't survive Now she has returned with her daughter to the town she grew up in because he
Cathy Geha
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dark Memento by Katie Reus
Verona Bay #1

Attention grabbed from page one when Serenity Washington is trying to free herself and her sister from the clutches of a serial killer known as “The Shepherd” I read on to find out how she survived. A bit was said about her life in the intervening eight years but the story really begins when she moves back to Verona Beach, sets up business as a dog groomer and is attracted to ex-Marine Lucas Jordan.

Serenity has a young son, a business and a few friends in
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Katie Reus has a brand new series! It is a romance all tied up in a psychological thriller! Dark Memento is the first in the Verona Bay series which I must say may not be the safest place to live. At least not for Serenity Washington.

Serenity Washington returns back to the small Florida town to raise her daughter. I really liked this character but probably wouldn’t have made the choice to return that she did. The relationship between Lucas and her becomes stronger as the story progresses from fr
Stephanie Taylor
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dark Memento is the first book in Katie Reus’ new Verona Bay series. It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of Katie Reus’s works. She writes great romantic suspense books, and since romantic suspense is my cup of tea, you can see why I have devoured just about everything she’s ever written. And Dark Memento did NOT disappoint. To me, a great romantic suspense book will have three specific things: romance (DUH!), a plot that gives away just enough that I can’t quite put my finger on who the villain is, a ...more
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Katie Reus is the New York Times, USA Today, & IndieReader bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Moon Shifter series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom's stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it. However, she didn't always know she wanted to be a writer. ...more