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Sunday, May 28, 2023

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Book: A Cry in the Dark

Author: Jessica R. Patch

Genre: Inspirational Psychological Thriller

Release date: February 28, 2023

Deep in the Kentucky hills, three women have been found brutalized and murdered.

But the folks in Night Holler have their own ways and their own laws.

And they’re not talking…

Led to an isolated Appalachian Mountain town by a trail of disturbing murders, FBI special agent Violet Rainwater’s determined to catch a serial killer with a twisted agenda. With locals refusing to reveal their secrets, Violet’s only ally is Detective John Orlando. But even John has an ulterior motive—he’s convinced this case is connected to his wife’s murder.

As they dig deeper, Violet uncovers a link to her own unresolved past. For years she’s worked the cold case of her mother’s abduction, which had led to her birth. The need to look into the eyes of the sinful man who fathered her consumes Violet. Until she can, she’ll never have peace. Because she’s terrified she might be exactly like him.

In this chilling novel, when the present collides with Violet’s mysterious past and John’s tragic loss, they must unravel the warped, sinuous connections before the killer strikes again. But solving the case might not be nearly as terrifying as the possibility that Violet’s finally found her roots…


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About the Author

Jessica R. Patch is a Publishers Weekly bestselling author known for her dry wit, signatures twists, and complex characters. She loves reading true crime books, discussing cold cases over chips and salsa with her girlfriends, and hunting down serial killers in her romantic suspense novels and psychological thrillers.

Jessica loves to encourage and inspire people to forward living through her Forward Friday Blog posts and through her monthly email newsletter. You can join the Patched In community at her website:

She resides in the Memphis area with her husband, two young adult children, and her spoiled tri-color Shetland Sheepdog. Jessica is represented by Rachel Kent of Books & Such Literary Management.


More from Jessica

A Cry in the Dark can’t be compared to Scooby Doo, but I can thank Scooby Doo for being my first introduction into the world of mystery and all matter of things that go bump in the night. But, in the end, the masks of darkness are always revealed in the light and are exposed. Justice served. This is why I write gritty crime fiction/psychological thrillers outside of my Love Inspired Suspense books.


In Luke 22:53 NLT, they come to arrest Jesus and crucify Him. “Why didn’t you arrest me in the Temple? I was there every day. But this is your moment, the time when the power of darkness reigns.”


Darkness gets one moment. Just one. When they crucify and kill Him. But we know what happens next! Light bursts out of that dark tomb and victory is ours. We’re rescued in darkness from darkness into marvelous light.


In a thriller, darkness gets its moment. I don’t shy away from those tough things. The Bible didn’t shy away from it! We read about a Levite who gave cruel men his concubine which they abused all night until she died, and then he cut her up into parts and sent her to the tribes! God never approves of darkness, nor does He edit it out or sanitize the people. We see the depravity of humans when walking apart from God all through the Bible. And honestly, I’m glad He doesn’t edit out things I’d rather not see or read about. God works in broken people’s lives and through brokenness to accomplish His redemptive purposes. I’m broken. You’re broken. He can use the righteous as well as the wicked. I need to be reminded that without Him, I could fall into those same traps (not cutting up women but… you know) and I need to know that despite my weakness and brokenness, God can and will still use me!


A Cry in the Dark has some violence and darker subject matter (though it is not graphic in real time) because darkness gets a moment…and then hope reaches in, hears the cries in the dark of broken people, and rescues them. And in the end, that’s what this book is about. A great and powerful rescue mission out of darkness and into light!


I must warn readers not to read this alone late at night unless you aren’t bothered by chill tingling thrillers that will creep you out. The author has achieved a story that is hard at times to read. It is definitely not for the faint of heart. I am reminded by a show called Criminal Minds as I read this story. Their job always involved the most horrific crimes. 

Violet has a past that can only be described as sad, haunting and a cry for revenge. I liked her job and her ability to analyze scenes and read people very accurately. Her past still lingers near the surface and she seeks closure from a past that has troubled her for years. Her mother is not nurturing at all and Violet knows the reason why her mother has no feelings for her. I became invested in Violet and wanted to follow her as she tries to solve the murders that  shakes a small community. The people are tight lipped and are little help n the investigation. 

Teaming up with Violet is John Orlando. Maybe as they work together they can unravel secrets hidden in the darkness. John feels like this case may have something to do with his wife’s death so he is extra vigilant about details. I loved how the author takes us into the darkness where evil resides and allow us to understand that not everything is always going  to be good all the time. Darkness is out there waiting to devour us, but  we need to be guarded and trust  God to help us find the light. 

The Bible scriptures and people from the Bible are well represented in this story and I love how the author ties it all together. Judgment and hypocritical thoughts run rampant as someone has decided to be judge, juror and executioner. Through all the ugliness that surrounds Violet and John we see light and hope. Violet is reminded that she is not an accident and was made for a purpose. Violet thinks that no one loves her but John tells her that God loves her. This is a powerful moment in the story where evil is erased and we see how God’s light shines through the darkness. 

The book may be hard for some to read , but I encourage you to see past the evil in the book and find hope, freedom and a way out of darkness. 

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

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To celebrate her tour, Jessica is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a signed paperback of Her Darkest Secret!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. Thank you for the review

  2. Thank you for sharing your review of A Cry in the Dark, this sounds like a thrilling story and I am looking forward to reading it myself

  3. I appreciate the warning not to read this at night! That's often my only time to read, so I need to be careful what books I start.

  4. This is a great review with good points to keep reading through the scenes of darkness until the light breaks through, but I will read it during the day.

  5. Thanks for the review. Sounds thrilling.

  6. Much thanks for the review. This book sounds awesome!