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Darkest Night

(Gabriella Darin #2)

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DS Gaby Darin has a puzzle on her hands, a puzzle that defies explanation.

Christine de Bertrand certainly got more than she was expecting from the casual hook-up after a night celebrating the anniversary of her divorce. Arrested at the scene she has no explanation or alibi. She also has no one on her side apart from her ex-husband. She’s as confounded as everyone else as
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Published July 17th 2020 by HQ Digital
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Louise Wilson
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Gabrielle Darrin #2

3.5 stars rounded up to 4

Gabby Darrin has a puzzle on her hands, a puzzle that defies explanation. Christine de Bertrand certainly got more than she was expecting from the casual hook-up after celebrating the anniversary of her divorce. She also has no one on her side apart from her ex-husband. She can't explain why there is a dead body in her bed. The body of a woman and Christine is positive she went to bed with a man.

I haven't read the first book in this series but it did
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Brenda
Christine de Bertrand had been divorced for two years although she still loved her husband. But the night she met with her best friend Kelly, to celebrate her 30th birthday with a night of drinking proved to be one she wished she’d never embarked on. Waking the morning after with no recollection of the night before, along with a massive hangover, she was surprised to realise someone else was in the bed with her. But after a fortifying shower, then coffee she went to wake that person, only to be ...more
Vanessa Menezes
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Christine De Bertrand wakes up to her worst nightmare: rather than the man she went to bed with, lying beside her is her housemate, Nikki – dead. With no memory of the night before, Christine can’t explain what happened, and the police are baffled.

For DC Gaby Darinit’s a mystery she’s determined to solve. When another woman goes missing, Gaby faces a race against time to uncover the link between the two victims and find the man who vanished from Christine’s bedroom. But as Gaby gets close, the k
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Komal
Jul 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5/5
“Kindness personified to the dead, less so with the living."

Jenny O’ Brien does a wonderful job of making the readers feel what the characters do throughout the book. This novel is written from different perspectives and there are different tones for each character. Paul and Christine’s separation was melancholic, Gaby and Rusty’s story was full of light-hearted banter and awkwardness, Nikki’s depressive mental state. The writing contained brevity, quite literally. Parallel to Gaby,
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Elaine Tomasso
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and HQ Digital for an advance copy of Darkest Night, the second novel to feature DC Gaby Darin of Police Wales.

Gaby has moved to Llandudno and is settling in as she is asked to head a murder investigation which initially looks open and shut. Christine de Bertrand wakes up after a heavy night out she can’t remember to find her flatmate, Nikki, stabbed to death in bed beside her. Christine vaguely remembers a man but with no proof she soon becomes the prime suspect.
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Sarah
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What can I say? But, wow!!! I have just finished this brilliant book and I am lost for words - in a good way, mind! I've found myself a new favourite author! 😃

I couldn't have asked more from this book, it has everything that keeps me 'wanting' to turn the pages: strong characters, great storyline, cleverly plotted and perfect setting. I love books that have me on-edge and wondering what on earth is going to happen next. I try to figure it all out in my mind but stories such as this, that are exp
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Anna || BooksandBookends
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
If you're looking for a murder mystery that will keep you guessing until the end, then this is the book for you.

I loved that this isn't a typical murder mystery and the plot just seemed to get thicker and thicker and the story went on. The plot was well paced and cleverly thought out to keep the mystery alive and the book exciting. Seeing all the pieces of the puzzle slowly slot together was so enjoyable and I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. It's written in multiple viewpoints
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Grace J Reviewerlady
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've been looking forward to reading Darkest Night ever since completing Silent Cry; whilst each is a stand-alone read this is shaping up to be a cracking series!

DC Gaby Darin is now attached to the force in Swansea and her first case there is very puzzling indeed; Christine De Bertrand went to bed with a man she can barely remember the next morning - but woke up next to her flatmate. And as if that wasn't strange enough, Nikki is lying in a pool of her own blood. And so the investigation begins
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Janet
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Christine De Bertrand wakes up to her worst nightmare: rather than the man she went to bed with, lying beside her is her housemate, Nikki – dead. With no memory of the night before, Christine can’t explain what happened, and the police are baffled.
For DC Gaby Darin, newly arrived in Swansea from Llandudno after her last case ended in tragedy, it’s a mystery she’s determined to solve. When another woman goes missing, Gaby faces a race against time to uncover the link between the two victims and f
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Max Birner
Jul 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Darkest Night is the latest in a series by Jenny O'Brien in which one of our characters, Christine, wakes up to find the dead body of her friend sleeping right beside her. Very creepy, and what. a way to begin an old fashioned whodunit!

The Darkest Night is without a doubt a classic murder mystery, and would be a great series to follow along if you're interested in more modern takes! The set up was original, and I enjoyed the ending, and the only part where it faltered was the middle.

I didn't fee
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Samantha Henthorn
Awesome! From the first few sentences, I was actually scared by the plot - what a gripper! Christine has a night out that I had many times in the past (the bit about getting tipsy and not being able to remember anything). I happily read along thinking 'I can relate to Christine ... find those paracetamols'. Then ~ wow! What happened next had me choking on my toast! How scary is this plot? A shock is lurking in her bed it's the stuff of nightmares and I was swept away thinking about how this kind ...more
Louise Pledge
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Christine gets too drunk with a girlfriend and doesn't even realize she has taken a man home with her till she wakes up and her foggy brain starts to work a little. While she thinks he is still in her bed, she goes back to her room to find that it's her roommate in her bed.... dead.... murdered!

The story is about Detective Gabi trying to find the murderer. I didn't think I'd ever finish, it seemed to go on and on, and there were times I got confused with the many characters and different dates w
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M.A. Comley
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love Jenny's writing and this fabulous series. Gaby Darin is one of the better detectives out there in today's police procedural genre. Having just moved to the area of Llandudno she is tasked with heading the murder of a local woman. Thinking this will be an open and shut case nothing could be further from the truth. Christine de Bertrand wakes up after a heavy night of drinking to find her flatmate, Nikki dead.

This is where the case gets interesting, she tells the police she shared her bed
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Sandra
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent book i love DC Gaby Darin such a feisty character that pulls you in wanting more,its good to see old and new characters it keeps the story real.i will highly recommend this book.5*
marnie | once upon a time book blog
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
After throughly enjoying the first book in the series, Silent Cry, I was eagerly awaiting this second instalment. When I saw it was available to request from NetGalley, I was like the road runner and was tripping over myself rushing over there to request a copy. To say I was beyond thrilled when I was approved is a massive understatement!

Darkest Night has DS Gaby Darin embroiled in a puzzling case that sees Christine de Bertrand accused of murder when a one night stand results in a dead body. Th
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Mick Dubois
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in this series and has previously been published as ‘Stabbed in Wales ‘. I read the first one as well and I think it’s a great idea to relaunch this series and hope that the next books will follow as well.
After the dramatic events in Swansea, Gaby has been reposted at Llandudno in North Wales. She seems to fit in and even gets promoted. Her first case as DS looks like an open and shut case, but the suspect is adamant that she didn’t kill the victim. Not everything fits i
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Amanda Richardson
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Darkest Night by Jenny O'Brien is the second book featuring detective Gaby Darin. I missed her first, but will go back to read and catch up on Gaby's books. I loved Darkest Night - a thriller, who-dun-it from the first page.

Christine de Bertrand goes out drinking, comes home with a man and wakes up the next morning with her roommate stabbed to death in her bed. Looks simple - she killed her roommate, but Gaby and her team will soon learn that nothing is simple in this case.

Another woman goes
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Clare Chase
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Having loved Silent Cry I was delighted to get hold of Darkest Night to follow Detective Gaby Darin’s next case. The set-up for the book is excellent, with a seemingly inexplicable crime scene and a cast of intriguing characters with complex relationships. The main mystery kept me turning the pages, but there are many smaller questions to unravel too, which increased the suspense. All this culminates in a nail-biting end to this twisty crime thriller!
Domi
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nice mystery/thriller that keeps you intrigued, I wanted to know what had happened. Enough twists to keep you entertained for a while and not too predictable. Safe bet if you're looking for a new mystery.

*** An ARC was provided by Netgalley in exchange for a honest review ***
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Sandra
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book i love DC Gaby Darin such a feisty character that pulls you in wanting more,its good to see old and new characters it keeps the story real.i will highly recommend this book.5*
booklover BEV
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book two. Nikki Jones is found stabbed and not only thatTracy Price is reported missing. The two detective sergeants Gabby Darin and Owen Bates have not one but two cases on their hands. A lot of suspects but is there any connection with the two? What can I say about this book? Wow it will knock your socks off, so much going on as you read, twists turns full of suspense. Just when you think you have cracked it the story takes you another way in. I was enthralled reading right to the end the seco ...more
Tracy
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
you thought book 1 was a brilliant read .wait till you read book 2 you in for a treat so so good and I so love it that I know the places. is so love the main character in this book Gaby and I love the new caracters owen and rusty. Christine wakes up with a hangover and cant remember anything she thinks there a man in her bed but she gets a shock its her flatmate am not going to spoil it for others but how the author has put it together is brilliant twisty addictive a book you wont want to put do ...more
Sheena Thomas
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced

An enjoyable, fast paced read, that kept me guessing until the end. Looking forward to reading the next installment soon.
Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)
This isn’t my usual reading type, I can’t explain why but I don’t really go in for police procedural, the ones I have read have been by authors I’ve read before when they have written books in other genre’s, and I have really enjoyed them, which is a little odd that I don’t read more from this genre. But this was completely new to me; New author, new series and a different genre, but there was something about the back blurb which shouted out to me, it intrigued me so much I threw my own rules of ...more
Tina
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it

Christine De Bertrand is a divorced  woman and stays in most nights.  She's a teacher and homebody but on her birthday her friends manage to drag her out for a fun evening of celebration. She has a very uncharacteristic evening of excessive drinking, partying and brings home a stranger for the night.

This is a first for her and when she awakens to the seemingly sleeping body next to her, she flees the bed to get meds for the massive headache and makes coffee. She's in for a surprise when she retu
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Bridget
😊 Darkest Night features DC Gabriella (Gaby) Darin who has moved to Llandudno in Wales after the occurrence of difficult events.

Kicking things off, the reader is introduced to divorced Christine de Bertrand who, following a heavy night out celebrating her thirtieth birthday, wakes to find her flatmate, Nikki, stabbed to death in bed beside her. The finer details of the previous evening are sketchy though Christine vaguely remembers a man's presence in the flat. But with no proof or alibi she ve
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Rose
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was hooked by this story from the first chapter alone. I am really enjoying reading mysteries at the moment and this book really satisfied my cravings.
The story follows Detective Gaby Darin who is placed in charge of solving not one but two cases which both seem to have tenuous links to one another. This first appears to be a simple murder case when Christine De Bertrand wakes up next to the body of her flatmate however she has no recollection of the events of the night before. The second cas
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Tracy Wood
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having divorced her husband Christine De Bertrand is trying to move on with her life. She has a new place to live, a job she loves and it's her birthday. She also has a weird flatmate, Nikki, but is building up the courage to ask her to leave. After celebrating with her friend, Christine is shocked to wake up muzzy headed and not remembering much about the night before. She is absolutely sure, however, well, sort of, that she went to bed with a man and not Nikki who now lies dead beside her!

Call
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Amanda
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-i-ddarllen
When Christine wakes up next to the body of her housemate, the Police have no reason to suspect this is anything other than an open and shut case. All DC Gaby Darin has to do is find the evidence to prove that nobody else was involved and tie up the loose ends.

However, after another woman goes missing, Gaby and her team are forced to extend their investigation to try and work out how the two cases fit together. A task which becomes even more urgent when the life of one of her colleague’s is als
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Gemma Harris
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
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