Book Review: The Enemy Inside by Vanessa Skye

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The Enemy Inside is a Crime/Thriller, 266 pages. First published in 2013.
I received an advance copy from NetGalley. Thanks to The Writer’s Coffee Shop for the ARC.

While exploring darkness in others, be careful not to expose your own.

That’s what Chicago detective Alicia Raymond discovers when she’s assigned to investigate the gruesome torture and murder of a middle-aged trucker with a horrible secret.

Before she can get a lead on one crime, however, the bodies start piling up and Alicia, better known as Berg, finds herself the unexpected target of the very same legal system she has dedicated her life to.

While simultaneously under attack from a formidable past, an enemy that seems to know too much, and a conniving killer, Berg is forced to confront her own darkness: her obsessive need to track down killers at the expense of everything else in her life; her increasing craving for violence just to feel normal; and her potentially devastating feelings for her partner, the charming and handsome Detective Inspector Jay O’Loughlin.

The more Berg works her original case, the more she learns about the sheer viciousness of the trucker’s past, and the more she questions if his murderer should even be punished by a justice system that only seems determined to free the guilty. When she also finds herself sympathizing with a sadistic butcher exacting revenge for a decades-old crime, she realizes the most dangerous secret of all might just be her own state of mind.

While Berg struggles with her morality, a killer is determined to recruit her and use her for a devastating end game.

As Berg’s carefully constructed life falls apart and she struggles to maintain a grip on reality, she faces a choice: surrender to the evil inside or finally acknowledge the brutal past she would rather bury.

The Enemy Inside is the first in the Edge of Darkness series, which challenges the concept of justice, asks if vengeance sometimes justifies murder, and explores whether you can ever heal from a broken past.

I have actually received all three books in this trilogy and was excited to jump in after reading the synopsis. Though this story is very dark, it was appealing to me as a lover of Crime Fiction.

This book is a wild ride from start to finish. Detective Alicia Raymond is battling some serious demons from her past when the case of a dead trucker lands on her desk. Along with her partner, Jay – who she has some complicated feelings for – they try to unravel the increasingly complicated mystery surrounding a series of dead truckers and missing hitchhikers.

This book completely sucked me in. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I read the blurb, but this is one of the best crime novels I’ve read. There’s such depth to all the characters, and a real horror that grips you as we find out more about each of them. Everyone’s got a dark secret hidden away.

The overall plot is very clever. I’m usually quite good at guessing who is behind the crime, but this novel kept me guessing. Each time I thought I was there, the story took a turn and I found myself back at square one.

A fantastic read for any crime fiction fan.

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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 Rural Press—Australia’s largest publisher of regional and agricultural news and information—where she worked as a journalist in the Central West of NSW for four years.

Thousands of stories later, Vanessa decided to move back to Sydney and try her hand at public relations while studying a Master of Arts in Communication.

Skip forward a few years and Vanessa once again found herself 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.

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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