I first learned about Heather Sunseri after she published her first book, Mindspeak. I followed her work through the entire Mindspeak series and her second Emerge series. Both are in the YA genre with a biomedical/dystopian theme. So, when Heather said she was writing an adult book that was a crime drama, I pursed my lips and wondered how this would end.
It’s not that I did not believe in Heather’s ability as a writer, but I love crime drama done well and hate crime drama done poorly. My obsession with crime novels and television shows started when I was in middle school and read every single Nancy Drew novel. That launched me into a Sherlock Holmes obsession which persists today. As with Heather’s other novels, however, Exposed in Darkness was a thrilling story filled with emotionally complex characters. In other words, Heather Sunseri proved she can easily weave in and out of the young adult and adult genres.
Exposed in Darkness introduces readers to a former FBI superstar, Brooke Fairfax. She has spent the last year caught in a spiral of depression following the tragic death of her husband, but a new threat pushes her out of that hole and sends her off to an investigation in Kentucky. In this unlikely place, Brooke’s past finally catches up with her. Readers follow Brooke as she infiltrates the small-town Kentucky horse racing culture just before the big Derby. Fans of the Mindspeak series will also appreciate references to biochemical toxins and Wellington boarding school.