Review: Darkness Falls (Kate Marshall #3) by Robert Bryndza

Kate Marshall’s investigation into a journalist’s disappearance sends her down an unexpectedly twisted path in a riveting thriller by the author of Shadow Sands.

Kate Marshall’s fledgling PI agency takes off when she and her partner, Tristan Harper, are hired for their first big case. It’s a cold one. Twelve years before, journalist Joanna Duncan disappeared after exposing a political scandal. Most people have moved on. Joanna’s mother refuses to let go.

When Kate and Tristan gain access to the original case files, they revisit the same suspects and follow the same leads―but not to the same dead ends. Among Joanna’s personal effects, Kate discovers the names of two young men who also vanished without a trace.

As she connects the last days of three missing persons, Kate realizes that Joanna may have been onto something far more sinister than anyone first believed: the identity of a serial killer hiding in plain sight. The closer Kate comes to finding him, the darker it’s going to get.


In this case, Kate is hired by a family to find their missing daughter, Joanna. She was a journalist who disappeared over a decade before. The world seems to have moved on but her mother is still searching for answers. With no leads from the police, she turns to Kate’s detective agency to help her bring Joanna home, whether dead or alive.

Kate Marshall is absolutely one of my favorite Private Detectives. Her character has been quite strong since the first book. She makes a great team with Tristan. While Kate is a mother and former police officer, Tristan is a working student. I enjoy reading about their work relationship. The two are quite likeable and easy to root for.

This was a twisty cold case. The missing woman was an investigative journalist who disappeared after a big expose. I found myself wondering whether the expose was directly tied to her disappearance. Was she investigating something else? I suspected a number of people but in the end, the reveal totally surprised me.

This series is brilliant and I cannot recommend it enough. This latest installment was fast-paced, utterly enthralling and quite twisty.

11 thoughts on “Review: Darkness Falls (Kate Marshall #3) by Robert Bryndza

  1. Wonderful review Diana. I have not gotten to this series yet, but I plan to read it this year as part of my Read a Series/Finish a Series Challenge. I do love Robert Bryndza’s books and these sound even better than his Erika Foster books.

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