Village in the Dark (Cara Kennedy #2)

Iris Yamashita

Mystery Thriller

Detective Cara Kennedy thought she’d lost her husband and son in an accident, but harrowing evidence has emerged that points to murder–and she will stop at nothing to find the truth in this riveting mystery from the author of City Under One Roof.

On a frigid February day, Anchorage Detective Cara Kennedy stands by the graves of her husband and son, watching as their caskets are raised from the earth. It feels sacrilegious, but she has no choice. Aaron and Dylan disappeared on a hike a year ago, their bones eventually found and buried. But shocking clues have emerged that foul play was involved, potentially connecting them to a string of other deaths and disappearances. 

Somehow tied to the mystery is Mia Upash, who grew up in an isolated village called Unity, a community of women and children in hiding from abusive men. Mia never imagined the trouble she would find herself in when she left home to live in Man’s World. Although she remains haunted by the tragedy of what happened to the man and the boy in the woods, she has her own reasons for keeping quiet.

Aided by police officer Joe Barkowski and other residents of Point Mettier, Cara’s investigation will lead them on a dangerous path that puts their lives and the lives of everyone around them in mortal jeopardy.

-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.

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My Opinion

3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5) Detective Cara is in mourning for her husband and son after their bodies were found following a camping trip. Cara has not recovered and her life is in shambles. However, she has found clues to their deaths that may mean foul play so her investigation begins.

Have you ever heard of the town of Whittier, Alaska? It’s a town where everyone lives and works in one building throughout the year. Unity is a town in the book based on Whittier. It had to be my favorite part! How they lived and functioned was fascinating. A character possibly linked to Cara’s family deaths is from there.

The mystery slowly builds as secrets of characters are revealed. The atmosphere and setting were done well to build the suspense of a snowed in mystery. While I prefer a faster paced read, that ending was everything I love in a novel. It was action-packed and a thrilling ride. I did not know this was book 2 in a series because the author made it stand on it’s own very well.

I recommend this for those that love a slow build detective story full of secrets!

AUDIO REVIEW: I really enjoyed the audio version because the narrators were so great with voices. My favorite was the voice for the older lady character that was hilariously perfect and accentuated the sass so well.

General content summary: F words= 23


Husband and child deaths (exhuming their remains after buried)


Anxiety (medication)

Insomnia (medication)

Gunshots (multiple, injuries)

Gunshot deaths (few details, blood, multiple)

Physical violence (guns, fights, multiple, knife, blood)

Adult child death (overdose)

Bank robberies 

Spouse physical abuse (previous, some details)

Hunting and killing animals for food

Funeral and cremation 

Intimacy (m/f, birth control, few details, 2x)

Cancer (colon, few details)

Thank you to Berkley and PRH Audio for the copies!

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