A Cry in the Dark - Denise Grover Swank

A Cry in the Dark

By Denise Grover Swank

  • Release Date: 2019-11-12
  • Genre: Suspense
Score: 4.5
From 228 Ratings


A woman fleeing her past finds more than she bargains for in a new suspense series by New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank.

A woman on the run with no one to trust.  

With the ink barely dry on her new identity, Carly Moore just wants to disappear…but fate has other plans. 

Broken down car, next to nothing in her bank account, Carly is stuck in a Smoky Mountain town that time has forgotten. Drum is riddled with secrets and outsiders are eyed with distrust. Still, it isn’t until she witnesses a cold-blooded murder in a darkened parking lot, that she realizes she’s escaped one nightmare, only to land in another.

As the clock ticks down and more bodies pile up, Carly doesn’t know who to trust. If she doesn’t stop the killers, they just might stop her…permanently. 


What readers are saying about A Cry in the Dark

“Wow! What an incredibly amazing start of new series!” BookBub review, 5 stars

“Story line with so many twists and turns makes you not to trust anyone, and yes, there were moments I suspected almost everyone!” Goodreads review, 5 stars


  • Amazing and Captivating

    By DrumCritique
    I never thought I would love a character as much as Rose or want to follow anyones outside story, but Carly's story is amazing. she has strength like Rose, yet it is her own strength and personality, along with all the other characters in this book that pull you in. I HOPE there are more than three books in Carly's story because I could follow her story, like Rose's, for a long time. Carly herself, the other people, the town of Drum and all its mystery, and an exciting romance make for such a great read! Thank you so much Denise Grover Swank for writing these incredible stories. I SO look forward to the next book coming out.
  • Soo sooo good!!

    By Unicors11
    Great read!!! I loved getting to know Drum and all the new characters!!! Now to wait until the next book is released in April!!!
  • This book is great!

    By amescookies
    I wasn’t sure how a book about Carly would be because she didn’t have a huge part in the Rose and NK investigations. But I love her character. Can’t wait to read more!
  • A Cry in the Dark

    By Coffman4
    I absolutely loved this book!! I wasn’t sure that I would love Carly like I love Rose and Neely Kate but I do love her! I’m looking forward to her next book!!
  • Wow

    By HElizabethH07
    I was so impressed with this book! Having read a few of Denise’s other series, I didn’t think I would love this character as much as I did in her own series. I am so happy I was wrong. This book was great and stood out on its own. I can’t wait to find out more about the characters of Drum! Carly felt at home and may finally find the family she never had. It was instant love with these characters and places for me. I didn’t expect the ending at all. I can’t wait for more.
  • Must read

    By Snookums7007
    What a great new series. This is going to be one of my favorites, I can tell already. It kept me wanting to keep reading til I was done. Didn’t even want to take a break. Denise has written a winner again. So grab you a copy and be with the cool kids 😁
  • Awesome is all I can say..

    By Hotty_toddy_fan
    This book is so good. If you love a good “who done it?” Book you need to purchase this. I was flipping through pages faster than ever. Such a good story line and loved getting to know all those characters! Mystery/love story I mean who doesn’t love that? You will feel as if you are standing there in this book with these people. I loved it!!
  • Great New Series!

    By user1236542
    This is the first book in the spin off from the Rose Gardner series. It was great to watch Carly develop throughout the book. We see her kindness shine through in this book. On the run from from a wealthy criminal she finds herself stuck in the middle of a murder investigation in the small town of Drum, TN. The story line and s fast paced and full of twists and turns. A great debut in the series. Congrats on another well written book Denise Grover Swank!
  • Hang on to your socks!

    By KatieM215
    I am so excited about this series. I’ll have to admit, I wasn’t expecting this to be as good as the Rose Gardener books, because I love them so much! But, the Carly series is just as good and maybe even better because I’ve got a fresh new story line to alternate between Rose! Denise is brilliant and I can’t wait to see what kind of adventure the next book holds!
  • Love the new series

    By Coloradogal
    Denise Grover Swank continues the story of Carly that began in her Rose Gardner series. You don’t have to read the former to follow and enjoy this novel. I love the way DGS creates characters you will love or hate...and will love her story plots which drop clues of you pick them up as she keeps you up reading this book because you just can’t stop! I totally recommend this first book in a new series. As well as recommend the Rose Gardner and Neely Kate series which this spins off of. Warning: her books are addictive!