Beyond Dark 1: Belladonna

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Mystery and Crime  |  House: Night Owl Hotel
*Completed but editing*

Murder, mafia and mayhem.

Alyssa Rawkesby is a Canadian criminal profiler who specializes in the demented minds of female serial killers. At a time when her personal life is crumbling, her career is at its peak. She gets called in to help detectives with a notorious female killer murdering young women in the local entertainment industry. While simultaneously working a mafia case that has one of her closest colleagues undercover, she gets assigned a new partner - Thayer Volikov. They learn to work together while Thayer comes to terms with his own past and Alyssa continues a fight against her own mental illness.

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The Last Hope

Submitted: December 23, 2019

May 20, 2016  Friday    Ottawa, Ontario    Alyssa looked across the street at the throng of ... Read Chapter

Then There's This Kid

Submitted: December 25, 2019

Alyssa gazed at the white house, the front lined with pink and yellow tulips before an immaculate green lawn stretched to the sidewalk. W... Read Chapter

Brought to Light

Submitted: December 27, 2019

“You don’t get out much, do you?” Alyssa said, raising an eyebrow.   She watched Thayer gaze at the restored, bright r... Read Chapter

Masks and White Dresses

Submitted: January 02, 2020

Why re-dress the victims? The new detail confounded Alyssa as she and Thayer emerged from the stairwell onto the third floor of the ICB f... Read Chapter

But She's Gone

Submitted: January 11, 2020

A pair of big hazel eyes landed on Thayer as the door closed behind him and Alyssa. He resisted the urge to roll his eyes when Natalie’... Read Chapter

Unfixable Roots

Submitted: January 15, 2020

With a coffee mug in each hand, Thayer walked to the conference room, pausing at the doorway. He tilted his head. Golden rays of the suns... Read Chapter

The Profile

Submitted: January 18, 2020

May 21, 2016  Saturday   A hollow ache in her chest weighed down when Alyssa awoke before her alarm, with Jack on t... Read Chapter

A Heavy Echo

Submitted: January 20, 2020

  Sending letters meant the unsub was escalating before Alyssa could even add details to the profile; an unpredictable type with... Read Chapter


Submitted: January 24, 2020

Infinity Cabs was tucked away in an industrial area of the city with a fenced gravel parking lot out back. A small bell rang as Alyssa an... Read Chapter

Centre Stage

Submitted: January 25, 2020

Stainless steel tables and bland white walls felt as sterile as the scent of bleach surrounding Alyssa and Thayer. Across the room, a whi... Read Chapter

Broken Secrets

Submitted: January 27, 2020

  Lisa crossed her arms when she let Alyssa and Thayer into her apartment. Fear flickered in her eyes at seeing them again. ... Read Chapter


Submitted: January 30, 2020

May 24, 2016  Tuesday    Alyssa hated press conferences. She was grateful Sam scheduled it for first thing in ... Read Chapter


Submitted: February 10, 2020

  June 2, 2016  Thursday    String lights glittered against bottles on the wall and glasses on tables... Read Chapter

Lost Petals

Submitted: February 13, 2020

  June 3, 2016 Friday   “Alannah Winter is indeed a small-town girl from Coaldale, Alberta. She’s 25-years ... Read Chapter

The Ultimate Cage

Submitted: February 16, 2020

June 4, 2016 Saturday   At 12:30 a.m., the pub where Jackie met Grace was almost empty. Two tables were occupied and no ... Read Chapter

By the Time You Get This

Submitted: February 21, 2020

June 6, 2016 Monday   She’ll be dead by the time you get this. The world is obsessed with fame. We’re dying for a ne... Read Chapter


Submitted: February 27, 2020

“We just got these back from Forensics. The handwriting doesn’t match Charlotte, Natalie or Lisa,” Alyssa said with a frustrated si... Read Chapter

Dying for a New Scene

Submitted: March 08, 2020

Sam waited outside his office when Alyssa and Thayer entered the CBU.    “First interview room,” he said before goi... Read Chapter

Cracked Perfection

Submitted: March 09, 2020

June 7, 2016 Tuesday   Alyssa and Thayer entered the Forensic Pathology Unit at 9 a.m., greeted by Dr. Murie in a white ... Read Chapter

Catching Up

Submitted: March 11, 2020

At 7 a.m. sharp, Thayer’s eyes fixated on the footage before him, finally sent over from various businesses. The cameras followed a fam... Read Chapter

Poison a Friend

Submitted: March 13, 2020

Yolie dusted upon her eyes hues of gold and pink, running her hands through the wig’s golden locks falling over her shoulders. The teal... Read Chapter


Submitted: March 19, 2020

  Alyssa paused upon getting out of the car. Yellow tape cordoned off the same alley where Alannah’s body was left, surrounded... Read Chapter


Submitted: March 19, 2020

The cotton skirt of Yolie’s white maxi dress spilled over her crossed legs as she sat at an outdoor table. Blond waves of her wig fell ... Read Chapter

Ghosts of Mothers Past

Submitted: March 24, 2020

An eerie quietness descended over the house when Alyssa and Thayer arrived on Yolie’s street. Right behind them was the S.W.A.T. team. ... Read Chapter

Glass Houses and Vices

Submitted: March 26, 2020

  Smoke curled around her as she leaned against the wall of a coffee shop, watching the orange and gold sunset merge with indigo... Read Chapter

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