Book Review: Dark Territory by Susan Philpott


ashley | A couple of years ago, I was introduced to Susan Philpott’s Signy Shepard in the thrilling Blown Red. I remember not expecting too much when I was sent the book, but I really enjoyed it and was an instant fan of Signy. When the follow up novel Dark Territory was released, it somehow squeaked past my radar, but as soon as I realized I missed the train, I did what I could to catch up.

In my opinion, Dark Territory was even better than it’s predecessor. What I missed a lot in the first book was more background on Signy, which we get here. She unravels a bit more as a character, but she’s still tough as nails and still takes on some terrifying bad guys this time around.

And I mean terrifying. There were some really graphic and disturbing details in this novel, perhaps not for the faint of heart. But Philpott has a great balance, she wasn’t gratuitous with the details, it was just enough to paint the awful picture and give us an idea of what Signy was really up against.

I really enjoyed that Signy’s brother Alex returned for this novel too. They have a complicated relationship and it certainly wasn’t a happy reunion, but the complexity of their dynamic added another layer to the story and I liked seeing that come together.

I’m still such a fan of the modern underground railroad concept, which helps remove distressed women from their abusive and torturous marriages. This was a great concept for a book and I like that so far, each book has focused on a difficult case. This particular case was many levels of difficult, with lots of twists and turns and reinforcements needed. It kept me on my toes from start to finish and has be wanting more! 

I’m going to have to keep a better eye out for the next book, because this is one series I can’t get enough of.


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january 12, 2016