Deep into the Dark is the newest series by author PJ Tracy, which follows Detective Margaret Nolan. if you know me, you will know that I love my detective series especially with female leads, so I was very excited when I received a copy of this book.
While the series is focused on Detective Nolan, the stories main POV focuses heavily on Sam Easton. Ex-military and suffering from severe PTSD, he’s the perfect suspect in a string of murders including the murder of his soon to be ex-wife. I actually didn’t realize that Nolan was who the series follows until I was looking at Goodreads, so don’t expect this to be your normal detective novel.
This is a very character driven crime story, which really makes it stand out. I loved the raw grittiness of the the characters mixed in the the glitz of LA & Hollywood. The depicts of mental illness and the struggle of PTSD are huge themes in this books, so TW for those wanting to read this book. I will say that I thought Tracy did an excellent job at trying to explain how PTSD can look different for different folks, and also working to explain how it can impact them.
So far it feels like Sam Easton is the main character so I’ll be interested to see how much more we get to see Detective Nolan in the coming books. While we get a really good ending to our main mystery, Tracy has set the stage for an even bigger conspiracy, which has me anxious for the next book. Overall, a very solid crime procedural.
Deep into the Dark is out now. Huge thank you to Minotaur Books for my advanced copy in exchange for my honest review. If you liked this review please let me know either by commenting below or by visiting my instagram @speakingof_books.