The Deep Dark Descending

The Deep Dark Descending

Homicide Detective Max Rupert never fully accepted his wife's death, even when he believed that a reckless hit and run driver was the cause. But when he learns that in fact she was murdered, he devotes himself to hunting down her killers. Most of his life he had thought of himself as a decent man. But now he's so consumed with thoughts of retribution that he questions whet...

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The Deep Dark Descending Reviews

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    I always have trouble writing reviews for books I like to refer to as "follow ups", meaning sequels or novels containing reoccurring characters with a continuing plot that crosses over multiple stories. That's exactly what 

     is, and while you CAN read this as a standalone, there is so much backstory you'll be missing that I can't in good faith let you go on without recommending reading all of Eskens' books in order. You might remember my glowing review for his previous nov

    I always have trouble writing reviews for books I like to refer to as "follow ups", meaning sequels or novels containing reoccurring characters with a continuing plot that crosses over multiple stories. That's exactly what 

     is, and while you CAN read this as a standalone, there is so much backstory you'll be missing that I can't in good faith let you go on without recommending reading all of Eskens' books in order. You might remember my glowing review for his previous novel 

     last year, and this latest was a fantastic continuation on the tense mystery surrounding the murder of Detective Max Rupert's wife Jenni. If you absolutely refuse to start with his first novel, then I recommend at a bare minimum beginning with THMF solely for the characterization and backstory surrounding the main events here.

    While last years story was a traditional police procedural with a hefty dose of mystery, 

     is much less mystery and much more action thriller. I would go as far as saying the mystery stops near the beginning of the book, as we find out the who early on, and from there the plot is paced quickly with breath taking action and building suspense. The real showstopper here is this final development in Max; we've now seen him grow from a responsible member of law enforcement to a man tortured by the death of his wife who is hellbent on seeking revenge, even at the cost of his own civility and insanity. I won't say more about the plot, but I am very intrigued to see where Eskens decides to take us next, as the ending of the book was pure perfection and wholly satisfying in my humble opinion.

    If you enjoy connected novels that are ever changing in style, structure, and pacing, these crime fiction books are a must read. I cannot recommend all four of

    ' novels highly enough; they are short, easy reads that pack a powerful punch, and I have only witnessed him grow further as an author with each story that he writes. If you haven't had the pleasure of learning his backstory and how he became a writer, I would highly recommend seeking out his biography as it is one of the most interesting I've encountered. Eskens is consistently talented and I adore his work so much that I block out a week at the beginning of fall to ensure I have no distractions while reading his latest book. Excellent character building and a plot worthy of gasps and awe, please consider adding 

     to your fall TBR.

  • Susanne Strong

    Max Rupert is a man consumed with one thing and one thing only. Finding out who killed his wife, Jenni. It happened five year ago and he hasn’t been able to let it go. It was previously deemed an accident by the police and although Max Rupert is a cop, he

    Max Rupert is a man consumed with one thing and one thing only. Finding out who killed his wife, Jenni. It happened five year ago and he hasn’t been able to let it go. It was previously deemed an accident by the police and although Max Rupert is a cop, he was not a part of the investigation. Recently however, he found out that it was not an accident, after all. And now Max wants justice.. or vengeance. Call it what you want.

    In “Deep Dark Descending” by Allen Eskens, Max Rupert is a man hell bent on seeking revenge against his wife’s killers, no matter what the cost. Max’s anger, despair and torment are felt deeply within these pages. Every moment of his angst becomes your angst. I have been with Max since the beginning, since he first appeared in Esken’s The Life We Bury and to be honest, I feel like I know him. And to know Max, is to love him. How can you not love a man who loves his wife so desperately, even though she has been deceased for 5 years? Even though he wants restitution for her death.

    As a cop, Max has always had strong morals, integrity and a solid sense of self. As a man, he is now at odds with the cop he has always been. And now that has been given information that leads to his wife’s killer, all bets are off. He discovers that there is a fine line between justice and vengeance and for Max, those lines have become completely blurred.

    I’ll tell you this, (in case it isn’t obvious), my concern for Max knows no bounds. I love him. It’s that simple. I want him to overcome his pain and sorrow and I want him to find peace, but I can’t say whether or not he was able to do so. That, my friends is for you all to find out for yourselves.

    You must read “Deep Dark Descending” and the other books in this series. While this book has been billed as a “Standalone” – I highly suggest that you read all of the books in this series as they are they are MUST READS!

    This was a Traveling Sister Read for me. It included: Brenda, Norma, Kaceey, Diane, JanB and PorshaJo. The discussions we had over this novel were absolutely incredible and it was a testament Esken’s range as an author, as to the feelings he pulled out of each of us.

    Thank you to Edelweiss, Jill Maxick, Prometheus Books and Allen Eskens for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

    Published on Edelweiss, Goodreads, Twitter and Amazon on 10.9.17.

  • Norma

    Traveling Sister Group read with Brenda, Kaceey, Diane, JanB, Susanne and PorshaJo

    4.5 stars rounded up to 5 stars!

    This book was one of the most chilling, intense, thought-provoking, and brilliantly written novels that I have ever read with extremely intriguing and compelling characters that I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish! Even though this book has recurring characters from Allen Eskens' previous novels it reads very well as a standalone. Would highly recommend!

    The full Traveling Siste

    Traveling Sister Group read with Brenda, Kaceey, Diane, JanB, Susanne and PorshaJo

    4.5 stars rounded up to 5 stars!

    This book was one of the most chilling, intense, thought-provoking, and brilliantly written novels that I have ever read with extremely intriguing and compelling characters that I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish! Even though this book has recurring characters from Allen Eskens' previous novels it reads very well as a standalone. Would highly recommend!

    The full Traveling Sisters Review can be found on our sister blog:

    Thank you so much to Edelweiss, Allen Eskens, and Seventh Street Books for the opportunity to read this book!

  • Larry H
  • Kaceey

    A deeply emotional read….and it left me breathless.

    Max is trying to move on 4 years after the death of his wife Jenni. In his heart, he’s convinced there is far more to her death than just a simple accident. Now he’s beginning to gather the evidence he needs to prove it. The question is, where will that lead him? What dark road will that journey take him down?

    This book is labeled a standalone but some of the characters, including Max, are recurring from previous books. I’d read only one previou

    A deeply emotional read….and it left me breathless.

    Max is trying to move on 4 years after the death of his wife Jenni. In his heart, he’s convinced there is far more to her death than just a simple accident. Now he’s beginning to gather the evidence he needs to prove it. The question is, where will that lead him? What dark road will that journey take him down?

    This book is labeled a standalone but some of the characters, including Max, are recurring from previous books. I’d read only one previous book from this author so when I realized this (about 25% into the book) I was worried I would miss out on the character development. Nope....this book stands firmly on its own!

    There are dual time lines that at the beginning I had trouble following. Felt a little scattered to me. But once I got caught up in the storyline, it started flowing smoothly and was difficult to put down. The suspense builds in a big way during the final third of the book, with a shocking ending. I just had to sit quietly once I finished to process what I just read. Wow!

    A Traveling Sister group read with Brenda, Norma, Susanne, Diane, Jan and PorshaJo!

    For this review and our full Traveling Sister review Please visit Norma and Brenda's fantastic book blog:

    Thank you to Edelweiss, Allen Eskens, and Seventh Street Books for an ARC to review

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