THE DARK BEFORE DAWN BY LAURIE STEVENS

High in the Santa Monica Mountains near Los Angeles, grisly murders are taking place. On each of the victim’s bodies a note is left for L.A. Sheriff’s detective, Gabriel McRay. The killer’s identity is locked in the suppressed memory of a horrifying trauma from Gabriel’s own childhood.Teamed with his forensic pathologist girlfriend and his psychiatrist, Gabriel runs two parallel investigations. The first: a dark journey into the terrifying recollections of his past and the second: the hunt for a serial killer who seems to know more about Gabriel… than he knows himself.

This is a well written psychological thriller, whose well defined characters, and unexpected plot twists keeps the reader engrossed until the final page.   Those expecting another Kathy Reichs clone, will be in for a very pleasant surprise.  
8 out of 10   
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