Review of Black Diamond by Susannah Sandlin – Coming October 18th

For some people, the untamed beauty of the bayou is a place to hide. For Louisiana wildlife agent Jena Sinclair, it’s a place of refuge—one where she can almost forget the tragedy that scarred both her skin and her soul. But when the remains of yet another fisherman turn up, Jena realizes that Bayou Pointe-aux-Chenes is not safe for her…or anyone else. The mysterious deaths aren’t her only problem. A dangerous drug known as Black Diamond is circulating through Terrebonne Parish, turning addicts into unpredictable sociopaths. Jena’s investigation leads her to Cole Ryan—a handsome, wary recluse struggling with his own troubled history—who knows more than he’s willing to admit. If they want to stop the killer, Jena and Cole must step out of the shadows of their pasts and learn to help each other…before the evils lurking in the bayou consume them both.

For some people, the untamed beauty of the bayou is a place to hide. For Louisiana wildlife agent Jena Sinclair, it’s a place of refuge—one where she can almost forget the tragedy that scarred both her skin and her soul. But when the remains of yet another fisherman turn up, Jena realizes that Bayou Pointe-aux-Chenes is not safe for her…or anyone else.
The mysterious deaths aren’t her only problem. A dangerous drug known as Black Diamond is circulating through Terrebonne Parish, turning addicts into unpredictable sociopaths. Jena’s investigation leads her to Cole Ryan—a handsome, wary recluse struggling with his own troubled history—who knows more than he’s willing to admit. If they want to stop the killer, Jena and Cole must step out of the shadows of their pasts and learn to help each other…before the evils lurking in the bayou consume them both.

Black Diamond by Susannah Sandlin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Back in the Louisiana bayous where you gotta watch out for dem gators. What a thrilling opening the book starts with.

Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana Wildlife Agent Jena Sinclair is just getting back on the job after being shot and a suicide attempt. She’s dealing with scars both on the outside and inside but is determined to try and put that all behind her. Her and her temporary partner stumble across a dead body who was the victim of an alligator attack but what they didnt know was they had come across the first clue to the deadly new bath salt drug Black Diamond that has been making its way around Terrebonne Parish.

Cole Ryan has been hiding out in Terrebonne Parish for 5 years living the life of a hermit after losing his family traumatically. All he wants is to be left alone. When a dead gator ends up behind his house and the stomach contents of said gator are suspicious he has no choice but tell the pretty Wildlife agent he had just met. She also was the first person to awaken his soul which he thought was long dead.

I love these deep southern thrillers that are wrapped in Cajun tradition and culture. Along with the mystery and suspense of trying to find out who is supplying Black Diamond we also get to see two people who were so used to living with deep seated grief recognize that the other was a like soul and form an immediate bond which helps them heal.

While your waiting for Black Diamond to come out, read the first book in the series.
Wild Man's Curse (Wilds of the Bayou Book 1)Wild Man’s Curse by Susannah Sandlin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The location in this book is Houma is the only parish of Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana which is steeped in Cajun tradition and culture, a mixture of Native American, Acadian and African traditions. I have always been fascinated by the history and the current culture of Louisiana but on the flip side those cultures scare the bejeezus out of me but they do make for fascinating reading.

Wild Man’s Curse kicks off a new series set in and around Houma and is rich with the voodoo culture but not enough to classify it as a paranormal (in my opinion). The death of a voodoo priestess kicks of the suspense when her great neice Celestine – her only heir – returns to Houma to claim the cabin and land her Tante Eva owned not knowing that the person that killed her Aunt is still around looking for what he didnt get from the old woman.

Gentry Broussard works for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Game. He is a man with a haunted past of killing his brother 3 years ago on a drug bust. Problem is he is pretty sure it was his dead brother he saw leaving Eva’s cabin the night she was killed.

Ancient family curses, a man returning from the dead on a mission provide a great suspense along with the romance that blooms between Gentry and Celestine. I enjoyed this and look forward to reading more in the series.

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