A Cry in the Dark

Deep in the Kentucky hills, three women have been found brutalized and murdered.

But the folks in Night Holler have their own ways and their own laws.

And they’re not talking…

Led to an isolated Appalachian Mountain town by a trail of disturbing murders, FBI special agent Violet Rainwater’s determined to catch a serial killer with a twisted agenda. With locals refusing to reveal their secrets, Violet’s only ally is Detective John Orlando. But even John has an ulterior motive—he’s convinced this case is connected to his wife’s murder. 

As they dig deeper, Violet uncovers a link to her own unresolved past. For years she’s worked the cold case of her mother’s abduction, which had led to her birth. The need to look into the eyes of the sinful man who fathered her consumes Violet. Until she can, she’ll never have peace. Because she’s terrified she might be exactly like him.

In this chilling novel, when the present collides with Violet’s mysterious past and John’s tragic loss, they must unravel the warped, sinuous connections before the killer strikes again. But solving the case might not be nearly as terrifying as the possibility that Violet’s finally found her roots…


Acclaim for A Cry in the Dark

“Jessica R. Patch has penned a beautifully written, gritty psychological thriller that will stay with readers long after the story is finished. A Cry in the Dark is highly recommended.” –Nancy Mehl, author of the Quantico Files series

“Jessica R. Patch has done it again! A Cry in the Dark grabbed me on the first page and kept me reading until 2 a.m.to finish it.” –Patricia Bradley, author of the Memphis Cold Case novels 

“With twisted psychology and relatable characters, readers will feel like they discovered the Criminal Minds version of a fiction book. I definitely recommend reading this book after dark for the full effect, and be sure to lock your doors before you go to sleep.” –Jaime Jo Wright, author of The Souls of Lost Lake

“Wow! I don’t have enough room to detail everything I loved about this story, but the characters were amazingly well done from their past wounds to their present troubles. The plot was fast paced and kept me turning the pages to find out what was going to happen next. Needless to say, Jessica R. Patch is my newest automatic buy author. If you like romantic suspense, you need to read this book.” –Lynette Eason, award-winning, best-selling author of the Extreme Measures series

“With twists and turns, secrets and salvation, A Cry in the Dark is a keep-you-up-at-night ride that proves Jessica R. Patch is at the top of her game.” –Jodie Bailey, USA TODAY bestselling author of Deadly Cargo

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