ARC Review for A Cold Dark Place by Toni Anderson

Justice isn’t always black or white. Sometimes it’s cold and dark.  Former CIA assassin Alex Parker works for The Gateway Project, a clandestine government organization hell-bent on taking out serial killers and pedophiles before they enter the justice system. Alex doesn’t enjoy killing, but he’s damn good at it. He’s good at dodging the law, too—until a beautiful rookie agent has him wondering what it might be like to get caught.  FBI Special Agent Mallory Rooney has spent years hunting the lowlife who abducted her identical twin sister eighteen years ago. Now, during an on-going serial killer investigation, Mallory begins to suspect there’s a vigilante operating outside the law. She has no choice but to take him down, because murder isn’t justice. Is it?  When Mallory starts asking questions, The Gateway Project management starts to sweat, and orders Alex to watch her. As soon as they meet, the two begin to fall in love. But the lies and betrayals that define Alex’s life threaten to destroy them both—especially when the man who stole her sister all those years ago makes Mallory his next target, and Alex must reveal his true identity to save the woman he loves.

Justice isn’t always black or white. Sometimes it’s cold and dark.
Former CIA assassin Alex Parker works for The Gateway Project, a clandestine government organization hell-bent on taking out serial killers and pedophiles before they enter the justice system. Alex doesn’t enjoy killing, but he’s damn good at it. He’s good at dodging the law, too—until a beautiful rookie agent has him wondering what it might be like to get caught.
FBI Special Agent Mallory Rooney has spent years hunting the lowlife who abducted her identical twin sister eighteen years ago. Now, during an on-going serial killer investigation, Mallory begins to suspect there’s a vigilante operating outside the law. She has no choice but to take him down, because murder isn’t justice. Is it?
When Mallory starts asking questions, The Gateway Project management starts to sweat, and orders Alex to watch her. As soon as they meet, the two begin to fall in love. But the lies and betrayals that define Alex’s life threaten to destroy them both—especially when the man who stole her sister all those years ago makes Mallory his next target, and Alex must reveal his true identity to save the woman he loves.

A Cold Dark Place by Toni Anderson

Release date: April 1st

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Toni Anderson’s new series is a dark exploration of into the right and wrong of justice. Should the punishment fit the crimes against serial killers and pedophiles? An unsanctioned group within the US government thinks so and uses their assassins to take them out bypassing the judicial system.

Alex Parker was an assassin that still had a conscience. He was once a soldier that proudly served his country but when most of his team was killed due to a traitor he then agreed to work for the CIA. When he is unable to kill a target and is captured he is left to be tortured and rot in a Moroccan jail. He is approached by a group that calls themselves The Gateway Project that offer him a release from hell if he agrees to work for them. He didn’t realize he would he putting what was left of his soul in jeopardy by committing murder against the worst society has to offer. Alex was such a deep and complicated character. At one time he followed the rules of right and wrong but circumstances pushed him into the grey area of vengeance.

Mallory Rooney has always had one goal since her twin sister was abducted when they were young, to find the man that took her and bring him to justice. She now works for the FBI and is instrumental in helping bring down serial killers in hopes that one day she will find the one that took her sister. Even with the injustice of her sister case never leading to finding out what really happened to her, Mallory still believes in the justice system and finding and bringing in killers the right way. After a serial killer is found dead right before they were to apprehend him Mallory gets the sense that there is a vigilante killer that is one step ahead of them and starts to investigate further.

Even with the sadness of the loss of her sister Mallory is like a beacon of light that when Alex meets her is drawn to that light even though he thinks of himself as lost to the darkness with no way of redemption. Mallory has no idea of the secrets Alex is keeping but feels he is a good person beneath all his self loathing about himself.

The hunt for latest serial killer that looks to be the person that took Mallory’s sister was quite labyrinth. The author did a great job of takings us down an intricate path that leads to an astonishing ending,

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