Beyond Dark 1: Belladonna

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Mystery and Crime  |  House: Night Owl Hotel

*Complete, THIS IS NOW A SAMPLE VERSION.* This is posted only up until the end of chapter 7. The full published version can be found:

"I am surrounded by beautiful things… but I am not one of them."

Agent Alyssa Rawkesby never thought she'd relate so strongly to a serial killer's letter. But the moment she reads it, she knows there is no going back - she must find the notorious Belladonna Killer, even if it breaks the mental stability she spent seven years repairing. Women in Ottawa, Ontario are being poisoned to death and left posed with a bizarre signature. The grief and fear is filtering through the entertainment industry over a shadow slipping death into drinks.

As an expert in female serial killers, and a veteran criminal psychologist, Alyssa never before encountered a case like this. Is Belladonna a sadistic monster, or a victim of something sinister Alyssa is too familiar with? She fears looking Belladonna in the eye will be like looking at her own reflection - or that of someone she cut from her life a long time ago. But time is running out to save other women. She gets assigned a new, rookie partner, and she tries not to unravel as lines blur between what the killer truly is and the pieces of her own past.

"I know how it feels to live with crippling insecurity behind a mask of false ego and confidence. I only want to connect to a world I feel so detached from. To connect with something, anything to feel normal." - Alyssa

Cover design by: andrewgraphics

Table of Contents

The Last Hope

May 20, 2016  Friday  Ottawa, Ontario  Sometimes the dead couldn’t get any peace. Across the street, yellow ... Read Chapter

Then There's This Kid

Pink and yellow tulips lined the front of an immaculate lawn, adding color the white house with black trim. A short white fence divided t... Read Chapter

Brought to Light

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

Masks and White Dresses

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

A pair of big amber eyes gaped at Thayer as the door closed behind Alyssa and him. He resisted the urge to roll his eyes when Natalie’s... Read Chapter

Unfixable Roots

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 aubu... Read Chapter

The Profile

May 21, 2016  Saturday A hollow ache in her chest weighed her down when she awoke before her alarm, with Jack on the other s... Read Chapter

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Recent Comments

Robert Helliger

A well written crime mystery book, with engaging characters, and story line too.

Thu, January 2nd, 2020 4:53am

Ad Adi

Not bad,not bad at all....

Thu, January 30th, 2020 7:37am


Thank you!

Fri, January 31st, 2020 3:59pm

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