Release Blitz: Doctors of Darkness by Ellery Kane

Title: Doctors of Darkness Boxed Set (Books 1-3)
Author: Ellery Kane
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Release Date: February 5, 2019

Series Blurb

Straight from the mind of a forensic psychologist comes an addictive series of betrayal, lust, revenge, and murder. These doctors earned their degrees from the dark side. The Doctors of Darkness e-book bundle contains the first three books in the series: Daddy Darkest, The Hanging Tree, and The First Cut.

Daddy Darkest

Bury your secrets. Bury them deep...

A month after her high school graduation, small-town-girl Samantha "Sam" Bronwyn boards a plane with her best friend, Ginny. Destination: San Francisco. But when Ginny disappears inside an airport bathroom wearing Sam's letterman jacket, it doesn't take her long to figure out she was the intended target. Alone in a strange city, Sam's on a run for her life--drawn into a dark past she never knew existed. A past where secrets aren't all that's buried and where revenge comes at the highest price.

Who is Sam really--and who can she trust? The mysterious stranger in 4A who secreted a gun in his backpack? The guilty ex-con? The disarming FBI agent? Her own mother?

Only one thing is certain. Someone is after her. Someone who knows more about her than she does. Someone who wants to teach her a hard lesson: There are worse things than murder.

The Hanging Tree

What if you couldn't remember the worst night of your life?
What if you couldn't forget it?

May 13, 1994.

On her thirteenth birthday, newly orphaned Evie, witnesses a brutal attack at the hanging tree. She wakes the next morning on a bus to Los Angeles, dazed and bruised and desperate to remember. Her best friend died that night--she's sure of it. But there's no body, no crime scene, and no witnesses. Twenty three years later, the whole night is still a blur. The murderer, a faceless, nameless man.

Fresh out of a stint in juvie, Butch kills a girl, strangles her. Twenty three years later, he walks out of prison a free man. But a haunted one, the ghost of his past at his heels.

When another body turns up at the hanging tree--a girl, strangled--Evie is certain her lost memory holds the key. Can Butch help her find the faceless man? Or is he hiding the darkest secret of all?

The First Cut

When "Love Doctors" Ian and Kate Culpepper are brutally murdered in their Carmel mansion on Valentine's Day, Ava knows it's karma. Because Ian's leaving her for perfect Kate four years ago had cut her bone deep. And then they had the nerve to show up here, on her turf. With their perfect house and their perfect daughter and their matching perfect smiles.

It's no wonder Ava can't stop watching. It's no wonder she can't let go.

But Ian is far from perfect, and Ava owes a debt too. For the unforgivable thing they'd done together. The dark deed that severed their marriage in two. When Ava's name is found inked in blood at the crime scene, a reckoning seems inevitable. Someone knows what she's hiding. Someone sees what she's done. And karma is ready to collect its pound of flesh.

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Daddy Darkest (Doctors of Darkness #1) by Ellery A. Kane

When I first started Daddy Darkest, I honestly didn’t know what I’d gotten myself into. A lot was happening in those first few chapters, but it was interesting and very intriguing. As the story progressed, I realized I was completely sucked in. Daddy Darkest definitely had a lot of mystery and suspense, and I couldn’t seem to get enough of it.
I really did enjoy this book, but there were a few down falls that I couldn’t seem to overlook. One being, both characters Clare and Samantha were very na├»ve. At times, it made me feel they were both a doormat, especially Clare. I totally understand her background and she doesn’t have the prettiest one, but I just wanted that moment where she stood her ground and had confidence.
The other thing about Daddy Darkest that threw me off was how hard some chapters were to follow. Don’t get me wrong, majority of the book flowed so well, but there were a few paragraphs that I had to reread because I didn’t understand how I was reading about point “A” then it immediately jumped to point “F” without any explanation.
I’m assuming that’s how the author wanted the book to keep me going, with that bit of surprise and sort of a cliffhanger in the chapter. As a reader, I’ve never minded that, but I honestly didn’t like how confused I was, and how at times, I had to guess what really happened.
Overall, Daddy Darkest was a good suspense, and I’m certainly going to read the next book in the series. I’ll admit, I’m curious to see what the next book holds, and if I’ll enjoy it even more than this one. I would recommend checking this one out if you love a good thriller. It definitely kept me on my toes.

The Hanging Tree (Doctors of Darkness #2) by Ellery A. Kane

The Hanging Tree is book two out of the Doctors of Darkness series, but what I like about it is, you don’t have to read book one in order to know what’s going on. With this one, it’s brand new characters, with a brand new web of secrets.
I’ll start this review off saying I did enjoy The Hanging Tree more than the first book. This one seemed a bit more put together and easier to follow. I was really sucked into it as well, and I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen.
However, there were a few things that I thought were overlooked, that really should’ve been addressed. Honesty, I really didn’t understand the point of Butch’s involvement. He was like a secondary character, but portrayed as a main character. To me, his POV and story really didn’t fit with Evie’s. And I was really disappointed how hyped up his backstory was supposed to be, but in reality, I had already figured out what went on before it finally came out.
There were also a few inconsistences that threw me off for a minute, but not enough to take away from the overall story. I will say, that the ending was what really gave this one a four for me. I’ve never minded open ended books, but this one, I felt it needed something more. I wanted more out of Evie and Butch, maybe an epilogue would’ve been nice, but the way it just stopped makes me think there will be another book with these characters.
Overall, The Hanging Tree was a good book, with a lot of mystery. I’m hoping with the third book of this series it’ll be a five, because this author has a lot of potential. I would recommend reading this one, if you like a good thriller. 

Author Bio

Forensic psychologist by day, novelist by night, Ellery Kane has been writing--professionally and creatively--for as long as she can remember. Just like many of her main characters, Ellery loves to ask why, which is the reason she became a psychologist in the first place. Real life really is stranger than fiction, and Ellery's writing is often inspired by her day job. Evaluating violent criminals and treating trauma victims, she has gained a unique perspective on the past and its indelible influence on the individual. And she's heard her fair share of real life thrillers. An avid short story writer as a teenager, Ellery recently began writing for enjoyment again, and she hasn't stopped since.

Ellery's debut novel, Legacy, has received several awards, including winning the Gold Medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards, young adult, e-book category, and the Gold Medal in the Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards, teenage category. In 2016, Ellery was selected as one of ten semifinalists in the MasterClass James Patterson Co-Author Competition.

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