Such Dark Things (Courtney Evan Tate fka Courtney Cole)



Dr. Corinne Cabot is living the American dream. She’s a successful ER physician in Chicago who’s married to a handsome husband. Together they live in a charming house in the suburbs. But appearances can be deceiving—and what no one can see is Corinne’s dark past. Troubling gaps in her memory mean she recalls little about a haunting event in her life years ago that changed everything.

She remembers only being in the house the night two people were found murdered. Her father was there, too. Now her father is in prison; she hasn’t been in contact in years. Repressing that terrifying memory has caused Corinne moments of paranoia and panic. Sometimes she thinks she sees things that aren’t there, hears words that haven’t been spoken. Or have they? She fears she may be losing her mind, unable to determine what’s real and what’s not.

So when she senses her husband’s growing distance, she thinks she’s imagining things. She writes her suspicions off to fatigue, overwork, anything to explain what she can’t accept—that her life really isn’t what it seems.

I want to just say first and foremost: this book that Courtney has written is gut wrenching and gut turning and real and raw. It’s completely UNLIKE anything I have ever read before. It’s real life and it hurts. It hurt me. I was queasy and I was clenching my teeth and fists together throughout most of the book. This is a book about the kinds of things that can happen every single day. When you aren’t even expecting it. The things that most of us (if you are anything like me) might be terrified of.


I read this book in one sitting. ONE. I didn’t stop until I was done. I couldn’t stop. I WOULDN’T stop. I was a complete masochist with this book because I literally just kept going, kept hurting myself, and kept feeling nauseas. My nerves were SHOT. But did I keep going? HELL YES I DID. Absolutely. And that is what makes this book so wonderful. You don’t want to keep going and experiencing all of this like it is happening to YOU but you do.

The characters didn’t fall flat in any way for me. Throughout this whole book, Courtney provides us with two different point of views. Two different feelings. And two different secrets. You will relate to one of them, I promise. I over-analyzed everything about my life by the time I was done being in these people’s heads. I questioned a lot of motives and psycho-analyzed every aspect of them.

I know that I say it a lot but I mean it with this book. Go in blind. If you read the blurb, do not let it stop you. It’s hard to give this book a meaningful and worthy enough review due to the fact that I do not want to give away anything that pertains to this story.

My only request is you go in with an open mind on this one. Open your mind to two different types of people and two different types of inner dialogue and POVs.

*disclaimer: there is cheating in this book. Now, most of the time that is really hard for me. But Courtney wrote it in a way that made me understand that it was bound to happen. I didn’t accept or approve that it happened, but I understood that it was to happen.



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