Book 3 of Edge of Darkness Seriesby Vanessa Skye
Release Date: January 22 , 2015Published by The Writers Coffee ShopGenre: FICTION / Suspense / Dark
ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-366-9
~~SUMMARY~~Following the acclaimed debut of The Enemy Inside and its sequel, Broken, comes the stunning conclusion to the ‘Edge of Darkness’ series by investigative journalist Vanessa Skye, Blood Lines.
Detective Alicia “Berg” Raymond is lying. She’s lying to the Chicago Police Department, to her boyfriend, Captain Jay O’Loughlin, but most of all, she’s lying to herself—about her past, her future, and her ongoing addiction.
As Berg investigates a series of brutal rapes and sinks under an ever-increasing caseload, she finds herself juggling every aspect of her life—finding justice for victims of crime, keeping her own sordid past buried from her colleagues, struggling with blackmail that threatens to push her over the edge, and protecting her lover from the details of all of it.
Wrapping her damaged head around living in a state of domestic bliss she’s certain she doesn’t deserve, Berg is driven by the need for justice and a determination to stop a rapist before any more innocent lives are ravaged.
But when enemies from the past threaten her present, she is once again vulnerable to the demons that have plagued her every day of her life.
It’s only a matter of time before her lies unravel and the fairy tale she’s finally started believing implodes . . . but the biggest threat of all, as it turns out, is her very own bloodline.
Can she save herself, and the casualties of crime, from the lurking darkness waiting to strike, or will her own mistakes drag her under—this time for good?
~~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~~
Vanessa Skye has always had a love of words and spent her school years writing poetry, speeches, and fictional essays.
After completing a Bachelor of Arts in print journalism and studying psychology at Charles Sturt University, Vanessa got a job at Australia's largest publisher of regional and agricultural news and information, Rural Press, where she worked as a journalist in the central west of New South Wales for four years.
Thousands of stories later, Vanessa decided to move back to Sydney and try her hand at public relations while studying for a master’s degree in communication.
Skip forward a few years and Vanessa was once again joyfully studying various psychology subjects while managing a Sydney public relations firm. Enthralled with examining the motivations behind people’s actions, Vanessa realized what she really wanted to do in life was combine her love of words with her fascination for human behavior. So Vanessa quit public relations to begin the significantly more impoverished life of a professional writer.
Inspired by a recurring dream, Vanessa wrote her crime fiction debut, The Enemy Inside, which challenges the concept of justice, asks if the need for vengeance sometimes justifies murder, and explores whether you can ever heal from childhood abuse. Broken is her second book in this series. In her spare time, Vanessa wrote a short story, The Piece, which was published in February 2012, by Dark Prints Press as a part of the 'One That Got Away' dark fiction anthology.
Vanessa now works as a freelance writer, lives in Sydney’s northern beaches, and tries to immerse herself in salt water at least once a day.
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Praise for Bloodlines"So good! As with the previous two books in this series, I absolutely loved it. The pacing was great, there was nice dry humour to lighten the very dark tone, and all the characters completed a satisfying arc from books one and two. Berg in particular is fantastic – I loved that she didn’t completely go back to her old ways when she was at her lowest, and the ending leaves us with hope for her future. " - Andrea
Be sure to look for Book One-The Enemy Inside and Book Two-Broken well!
Berg is indeed complicated. Because of her past, she is at war with two sides of herself: the side that just wants to be ‘normal’, and the darker side—the side that is driven to get justice no matter what the cost to herself or to those around her.Berg is one of the most complicated characters I have ever read.How has she developed through the series?
But, over the course of the Edge of Darkness series, Berg grows both as a detective and a woman.
In the first book, The Enemy Inside, Berg is damaged. She is addicted, depressed and suicidal. The only thing she has in her life is getting justice for victims of crime—that is the only thing that gets her up in the mornings. Every day is a struggle just to get by for her. She has no hope, no family, no friends, no joy, and no love for herself.
But it’s because of her past that she is driven to help others. She will keep going, past the point of no return, and long past where other detectives might give up. She goes that extra mile, and won’t stop until she achieves this. Of course, there is a fine line between justice and vengeance, but I leave that up to the reader to decide.
While she’s had a tough childhood, and she’s been through the abuse and the foster care, it’s made her into the woman she is. As many abuse survivors will tell you, you become excellent at reading people—you can read the danger signs from a mile away. This is why Berg is the amazing detective she is, this is why she gets all the hard and cold cases, because she has a knack for finding out the truth and getting to the crux of a crime.
By the time we get to the third and final book in this series, Bloodlines, Berg has grown. She is seeing a therapist and understands she has depression. I really love seeing her change from a damaged individual, to managing her illness and learning to love herself. Her learning that she doesn’t have to be a victim of her own past is just amazing.
There are also strong love and hope themes throughout the series between Berg and her partner, Jay. Berg has never been loved before, so of course once confronted with the intensity of these emotions, she runs for her life. It’s stunning to watch Berg come to terms with being loved, and therefore loving not only someone else, but herself, too.
Ultimately, this is what I wanted to convey to my readers. I want people to feel hope through Berg’s journey. She goes from being an addicted, depressed, suicidal person in the first book, to someone who believes that she can fight her own demons and is deserving of happiness in the last book. She’ll always be dark, but it doesn’t have to define her, and that’s what I want people to get from these books. Hope is always there, and recovery is possible.
I also love that she wasn’t ‘rescued’ by a man. I loathe the idea that finding a man and marriage will magically fix you, it doesn’t. Berg rescues herself and the feminist in me loves that.
Bloodlines is the third and final book in the Edge of darkness crime fiction series.
Get the first eBook, The Enemy Inside, for only 99c between January 9-28 on Amazon, Kobo, and TWCS.
Broken is the second book in the series and is available in eBook and paperback on Amazon, Kobo, Book Depository, Barnes and Noble, TWCS and Booktopia.
Bloodlines will be released January 15, 2015, on Amazon, Kobo, Book Depository, Barnes and Noble, TWCS and Booktopia.
Check out Vanessa’s Blog at www.vanessa-skye.com