The Enemy Inside

The Enemy Inside It seems I am on a bit of a crime, mystery, thriller spree at the moment Totally unintentional, but totally awesome so far The Enemy Inside is a brilliant story It has likable, real and flawed characters This was probably the best aspect I loved that there was no Hollywood ising of them They had fantastic good qualities and some pretty intense bad ones, it was like reading about real people, not just characters in a book.Berg our female lead was fiercely strong and pigheaded with her police investigations Yet in the next breath vulnerable and struggling to cope with her inner demons So realistic.Her partner Jay, the guy who has screwed every woman in a 10 block radius of the precinct except Berg was surprisingly easy to like The two made a great team of detectives and forged their way towards solving the grisly murders that kept cropping up as the story progressed.Again, this book showcased some amazing insights into the forensic detail on a crime scene and the procedural processes for handling a murder.Where this might put some off, the grisly murders, while not overtly graphic they are discussed in detail There are some events including sodomy and rape and abuse of women As well as a quick peek into the D s lifestyle but only for a little bit.The ending was great I had picked up on some of the clues but not all It was a mind blowing experience to see how the whole thing came together.If you want to try your hand at a serial killer cop drama, pick up The Enemy Inside today You won t regret it. While Exploring Darkness In Others, Be Careful Not To Expose Your OwnThat 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 ToWhile 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 LoughlinThe Berg Works Her Original Case, The She Learns About The Sheer Viciousness Of The Trucker S Past, And The 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 MindWhile Berg Struggles With Her Morality, A Killer Is Determined To Recruit Her And Use Her For A Devastating End GameAs 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 BuryThe 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 m a girlie and fluffy and all that, but I do love a good cop show You know how CSI and the likes keep you riveted about the world of crime and cops and other TV shows movies have serial killers and all that lovely hoopla Well, The Enemy Inside has all this, and I couldn t believe how easy this book was to read Not the subject matter, but the way Ms Skye puts her words down on the page Absolutely riveting I went into this book a bit scared that it would be tedious after all, my ereader gave me 300 pages on this But then what happened is I started reading, blinked, and I was already at page 50 Amazing The words flow so well, and Ms Skye paints such a concise and broad picture of the cop life in Chicago Kudos I do admit I had a hard time connecting with Berg at times the whole she gets home in the morning and then goes to wash the blood resulting from her nighttime escapade Nothing sinister a la Dexter, but Berg is pushing after something and we wonder what that is, what she is looking for so desperately.But the details in this book were astounding The suspense, literally keeping you glued to your book copy I had a hard time letting go, and it s not often I say this for a book, especially one that s not fluffy and is rather quite hard in its subject matter.And speaking of hard , Ms Skye doesn t hold her punches, but she toes the line as to keeping the subject matter from veering into sickeningly disturbing territory I ve started countless serial killer mysteries and had to stop because one read through the killer s POV and I felt sick Not the case here the depravity is there, but just short of being disturbing Another kudos here Gritty and in your face without being over the top I d say that s a stroke of Vanessa Skye s mastery as an author I, for one, am definitely waiting for her next book I loved this book, and that s saying something coz it s not my usual style or my enjoyment fare in reading Really glad I took a chance on this one This book is an amazing debut It is a rare thing for a whodunnit to have me completely bamboozled until right at the end, but this did, and it did it well The plot is so well crafted, with twists and red herrings aplenty, that the pace races along and you find yourself really caring for Berg and Jay In fact, I fell a little bit in love with Jay Unlike the macho cop you expect, he is gentle and truly cares about his partner s downward spiral, the cause of which he doesn t understand When it is revealed, it is horrendous, but he doesn t shy away Even when all seems hopeless, his support for Berg is unwavering.I loved this book, and the best thing is that there will be a sequel I cannot wait I d highly recommend this to anyone who loves a good thriller. I work for the publisher that released this novel, but I honestly enjoyed reading The Enemy Inside Written by an Aussie author, it s a well paced read, a little bit gritty with some fairly heavy adult content Give it a goC From Goodreads 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 Berg works her original case, the she learns about the sheer viciousness of the trucker s past, and the 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.My Thoughts As soon as I read the summary of this book, I wanted it in my hands immediately I love a little mystery and intrigue, and I love a female detective on the case As much as I used to read light and fluffy to get my mind off my job which is covering stories like this for the news , the older I get, the I get into darker, serious stories.Berg has a deep, dark past that many of us may not be able to relate with, but we can all understand why she has the troubles she does Why she isn t trusting, why she isn t in a relationship, and why she punishes herself One thing I loved about this book was that Berg was able to relate to the victims in the cases she was trying to solve Because of her troubled past, these cases were a little near and dear to her heart than the other detectives Granted, it may have made her get in a little too deep, and she could have easily gone over the ledge, she was the best person for the job.The Enemy Inside is an absolutely page turner I started reading this book a little too close to deadline for my own preference, but I didn t need much time with it I found myself staying up late, even getting up a little early, reading while getting ready for work, and on my lunch break, and even getting in some quality reading time at the stop lights on my commute I couldn t put the book down Skye s writing is riveting It s deep and dark and real and you won t want to put the book down.I have to say I was quite surprised when I was checking out other reviews on this book and saw there s not a lot of chatter going on about it There were some very good reviews on Goodreads, but I don t know how this book hasn t reached the book world radar It is a phenomenal, on the edge of your seat read I hope that it gets the attention it deserves and the credit that Skye deserves for her crime fiction debut I cannot wait to get my hands on the second book.I give The Enemy Inside 5 out of 5 bookmarks. Exciting Update Blogtour And Free Ebook Giveaway The Enemy Inside by Vanessa Skye vanessaskye Blog Post Enemy Inside The Writer s Coffee Shop Vanessa SkyeExpected Publication Date Aug 8 2013Crime Fiction4.5 out of 5 StarsChicago Detective Alicia Raymond, aka Berg, hides her depression and a brutal past with dangerous, anonymous sex and an obsessive desire to track down killers Bringing murderers to justice is the only thing she has in her life worth living for.Her partner, Detective Inspector Jay O Loughlin, has a few secrets of his own He knows Berg isn t as perfect as her faultless veneer, but as his intense attraction to her grows, can he overlook it Captain Louise Leigh assigns them to investigate the gruesome murder of a trucker and repeat sex offender But before they can get a lead on the killing, another trucker s body is found on the highway Soon the bodies pile up, and it s a race against time to find the killer before their Chief, Consiglio, uses them as scapegoats to fulfill his political aspirations.When Berg s DNA is found on one victim, her career looks to be over In the course of clearing her name, she and Jay grow even closer, so when her sordid sex life is exposed, their precarious relationship comes under fire With nothing to lose, Jay and Berg forge ahead and defy direct orders to continue working on the cases, until Jay disappears.Desperate to find him, Berg stops at nothing to unearth what links the murders together, eventually uncovering a sadistic vigilante exacting revenge for a thirty year old gang rape The sheer viciousness of the rape makes Berg question her place in a justice system that increasingly allows the guilty to go unpunished.Berg fears for Jay s life, but her demons are overwhelming As events spiral out of control, Berg is forced towards a final confrontation with the killer where she will face the ultimate test surrender to the evil inside her or finally confront the past she would rather bury.It s not often that I come across a book or movie that I can t guess the ending of or actions the characters would choose to make And I am very happy that The Enemy Inside is that kind of a story Vanessa Skye has come up with an extremely complex plot, one that keeps you guessing until almost the end It s great that the characters don t have the obvious reactions that are the usual fodder of the predictable and extremely boring crime books This very complexity is what makes them come alive and root for both Berg and Jay and also want to kick him where the sun don t shine at times I understand why Berg acts the way she does, although I must say I honestly thought she was beating someone up at first That action would have been probable as well, as you have a hint of her having gone through some sort of traumatic experience Ms Skye does a fantastic job of making you care for Berg and want her to beat both the vigilante and that little voice which continuously taunts her Jay first seems to be sex on legs reminded me of Pep Streebeck in the 1987 Dragnet movie and then develops into a complex person you feel for, although he can be extremely irritating at times just like a true male He s one I could happily have a love hate relationship with All in all, this is a book I couldn t put down easily, and when I was forced to, kept replaying and forming new possibilities in my mind I just saw that the next instalment will be out soon and I can t wait to read it I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review Contributed by Ramona 4.5 starsDetectives Jay O Loughlin and Alicia Raymond are assigned by their superior, Captain Leigh, to investigate the murder of a truck driver who was also a habitual sex offender Soon there are murdered truckers and the pair race to find some thread leading back to the killer Their intense investigation takes place against a back drop of political pressure intimidation and personal crises creating a compulsive read.THE ENEMY INSIDE is dark, raw and not for the faint of heart or stomach As fascinating as the whodunnit is, Berg and Jay are equally interesting While THE ENEMY INSIDE is a dark read there s a strong undercurrent of hope as it showcases the strength of kindness, caring, and resilience of the human spirit.Alicia Raymond, better known as Berg short for Iceberg, is one seriously damaged woman Berg hurts herself or has others do it via dangerous anonymous sex attempting to stop the inner pain that refuses to go away The guilt and shame afterwards only adds strength to the inner voice telling her how worthless she is Berg is in a vicious destructive cycle, fighting daily to retain a semblance of normality Jay O Loughlin is Berg s partner Promiscuous serial dater he s never with one woman for long Jay too is haunted by his past and while painful, it didn t hold a candle to Berg s demons.While Jay and Berg are partners they aren t friends nor are they particularly close Berg has raised avoidance and isolation to an art form rebuffing all of Jay s after work friendship overtures The dynamics of their partnership and personal interactions change drastically when Jay accidentally discovers Berg s hidden life, revealing his true character in response Both begin to feel a flicker of hope and potential they never thought possible Learning about each character, their background, personal battles, and growth is as absorbing as the mystery The first victim is introduced before his death That old Southern saying, Your honor, he needed killing was my first thought when his body was found Harsh but true The murders are brutal, creative, and well planned You get a sense of calculation and icy hatred Ms Skye doesn t shy away from the ugliness of life and does an excellent job illustrating the fine lines and shades of grey involved when it comes to truth, justice, and vengeance THE ENEMY INSIDE is multi dimensional and engages the reader in numerous ways The plot is complex, keeping you engaged and on your toes with numerous twists and turns The quest for the killer is engrossing and tense but isn t the only source of tension The politics in the police department and political aspirations of Chief Consiglio often seem to come at the cost of truth and justice very frustrating Berg s constant battle against the darkness had me edgy and pulling for her The partnership between Jay and Berg as well as their interactions with the other detectives in the department are believable and also a source of stress Consiglio has it out for Jay and Berg riding Captain Leigh about them on an almost daily basis.Sherlock Holmes said, It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data , so I didn t even attempt to hazard a guess regarding the killer until the chapters were in the thirties Then a sentence clicked and my brain went ninety to nothing It was gratifying to discover I d guessed correctly The ending was unpredictable, a huge plus but also annoying, satisfying, and slightly chilling I can t wait for the next book.Reviewed by IvyD for Manic Readers Wow This book was very different from what I was expecting, but it was a thrilling read from start to finish nonetheless I don t know how I would categorise this It isn t just your usual crime fiction, it has elements of many other genres Romance is probably one of them but for the most part the book is about the crimes and the mystery surrounding them The two main characters also have damaged pasts which seems to be a common theme in books today For a debut novel this was incredibly well written and had me hooked after just a few pages The cover stood out to me and when I read the description I couldn t wait to read this book Alicia Berg Raymond is our main character and one I liked very much I enjoyed learning about this character and what made her the way she is in terms of how she does her job and how she lives her life Jay O Loughlin is her partner in the police sense and at the start of the book he also has a dark past that he is keeping secret but eventually himself and Berg have a heart to heart and we learn all about these two characters pasts These two characters both felt very real, I would say at times the book felt like a true story than something that came from an author s imagination.It isn t just these two characters either, Vanessa Skye has created other believable characters Especially Captain Leigh and Chief Consiglio Having read many crime books I am well aware of the politics surrounding the police force and how those high up want results and want them fast but Consiglio especially was a horrible character who just wanted any results rather than the actual right one His political career came before anything else Leigh was an interesting character also One thing also worth mentioning is that Skye does not shy away from using very vivid descriptions When the bodies of murdered victims were found she went into incredible detail about how they had been mutilated and how they looked in death I feel immune to such descriptions having read so many books like this but some people might feel a bit squeamish at some of the scenes in this book And there are a lot of them The murders come thick and fast and had me guessing throughout the whole book as to who was responsible for them I certainly did not see the ending coming as it was one hell of a twist which I always love because sometimes the ending of books like this can be so obvious that it ruins the book Not the case here however There were just so many twists and turns that the book was just, as I said in the opening paragraph, a thrilling read from start to finish I will definitely be eagerly awaiting the next book in the series in the hope that it is even half as good as this one Follow the author on Twitter thank you to the publisher for the ARC via Net Galley Passion for PagesI don t understand why there aren t people raving about this book I don t understand how this book has gotten so little attention Why isn t it on people s reading radar Even though I have a fascination with murder mysteries, I don t usually read them Why Because authors rarely write them in a way that I find interesting I like the detail that goes into the crime scene I like the blood and gore although if you asked anyone if that was true they d laugh and tell you I m the first to cover my eyes and gag if I see too much blood while watching a surgery on Grey s Yes, it s true I don t like to actually see the blood and gore, but I do like to read about it If you re going to give me a murder mystery then I want exactly like Don t skim the details It s the reason I m picking up your book in the first place.Vanessa Skye did a fabulous job in her debut novel Fab u lous I could not put this one down From the second I started reading I was hooked and refused to come up for air until I had read the very last word in this exciting, captivating novel I was kept guessing from one suspect to the next and just one I thought I had it figured out I was wrong I love that I love that I wasn t able to easily point the finger at one character so easily and come out right It means Vanessa did her job as an author of a mystery so incredibly well There is just so much detail and thought put into this book that I cannot for one second believe this is a debut novel from this woman I m blown away by that.I m also so confused on how I feel about Burg I mean the girl has demons and rightly so But she s also walking a very fine line of being totally fucked up I couldn t help but sympathize with her and hate everything she went through as a child, but at the same time I m sitting here reading everything she puts herself through as an adult and almost be in an erotic awe of her, but at the same time completely terrified She s a walking time bomb you can t help but feel bad for and want to help even though you ll be completely blown away when she finally explodes You ll know what I mean when you read this book especially the very last section No, not IF you read it, WHEN you read it Yes, I m demanding you go and buy this book as soon as it s available Really, you ll thank me I don t think I can say much without actually full on gushing It really has everything a fan of a murder mystery could want The suspense, the detail into everything that happened, the whodunit air, the brilliant fucking writing Can you tell this book is definitely being added to one of my all time faves Well done, Vanessa Skye

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 f

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  • 11 February 2018

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