Emerald O'Brien

Darkness Follows

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What if the hiding spot you escape to becomes more dangerous than the place you ran from?

Aurina Patrick is an ambitious young woman, whose only mistake was letting someone get too close. The day she is brought into the police department for questioning, her life changes forever. When Aurina discovers that someone she trusts has involved her in a series of murder investigations, her sister Ryanne joins her in a search for the truth. As the situation unravels, the Patrick sisters realize their lives could be in jeopardy.

When the sisters are taken to a remote location, the struggle for safety truly begins.

The room was dim and hard and cold. Aurina wished she had asked the man on the phone more questions, but his tone made her nervous. It was also the first personal call she had received at Johnson and Stewart, which completely threw her off. Now, as she waited, shivers ran down her spine.
The room was much smaller than Aurina had seen in the movies. There was no one-way mirror, only a small black video camera with a blinking red light. She sat at a square metal table and tapped her high heel compulsively against its leg. She tried to take deep breaths, but her heart continued to race. She folded her sweater over itself, trying to fight off the chills consuming her body. She had tried to call David before she left her desk at the law firm, but he hadn’t picked up his cell.
Just as she thought about going to the door, and peering out the small glass window, it opened. A large man in a brown blazer waddled into the room slowly, plopping his note pad on the table. The metal chair legs squealed against the cement floor as he yanked it out and plunked himself down on the seat. His round face wrinkled as he skimmed his notes.
“Ms. Patrick, my name is Inspector Daniels, we spoke over the phone.” He picked up his well-used Metro Toronto Police pen between yellowed fingers, and notes of cigarette smoke wafted towards her. “You’re here because David Matthews has been arrested on suspicion of murder. I know you haven’t been told much, and after I interview you, I’ll see about filling you in.” Daniels didn’t look up from his paper as he seemed to write a header at the top.
“David?” Aurina asked more quietly than she expected. She thought this had to be some sick joke, but then she remembered that she was being questioned by a police inspector. The gravity of the situation began to pull at her stomach and made her heart flutter. “That can’t be right…David’s been arrested for murder?”
“Ms. Patrick, I’ve told you all I can at this point.” Daniels’ voice droned in a monotone, “He has not been charged; he has been arrested, and please keep that in mind as you answer my questions. We are trying to get this sorted out, and we’ll need your cooperation to do that.” Daniels raised his brow, and Aurina knew it wasn’t really a question. She straightened her glasses, which she always felt slanted to the left, and nodded. The faster this man’s questions were answered, the quicker she would be able to convince them they had the wrong guy.
“What is your relationship with David Matthews?” Daniels asked.
“He’s my boyfriend. We’ve been together for almost a year now.” Aurina had to fight to keep her heel from shaking again. She wondered where David was at the moment, if he was in the same department being interrogated as well. It explained why he hadn’t answered her call.
“Do you live together?”
“No.” She took a deep breath, and exhaled slowly, trying to keep calm. Daniels made a quick note.
“Where were you on the night of Saturday May 14th, 2011?” Daniels looked directly at Aurina and her eyes widened.

About the Author:

Emerald O’Brien is a Canadian writer who grew up just east of Toronto, Ontario.  Emerald studied Television Broadcasting and Communications Media, and graduated from the program at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario. She loves writing new adult mystery novels that include suspense, thrills, and twists. Expect mystery, Suspect everyone.
When she is not reading or writing, Emerald can be found with family and friends. Watching movies with her husband and their two beagles is one of her favourite ways to spend an evening at home.

The sequel to Darkness Follows, Shadows Remain, will release October 8th, 2014.

Website: http://emeraldobrien.com/
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