Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Out of Darkness by Erynn Newman

Posted August 18, 2017 by meezcarrie in Christian, Erynn Newman, giveaway, mystery/suspense, romance / 65 Comments

about the book

Elisabeth Allen gave her heart to Jesus as a little girl and to Drew Marek as a teenager. When their wedding day finally arrives, it’s the happiest day of her life–until a car bomb transforms her dream come true into a living nightmare.

As Best Man at the wedding, Gabriel Di Salvo promises Drew–his best friend and CIA partner–he’ll look after Elisabeth, but he never dreams it will become necessary so soon. As Elisabeth struggles to put the pieces of her life back together without Drew, Gabe becomes her rock, and as they share their grief and begin to heal, their friendship gradually deepens into something more.

Three years later, Gabe and Elisabeth are planning a future together when he receives a shocking call from the one man who can upend his happiness: Drew. Suspecting someone at the CIA is behind his abduction, Drew refuses to come home. Instead, he asks Gabe to bring Elisabeth to him. Now Gabe just has to figure out how to let her go.

Drew and Elisabeth race across Europe, dodging international arms dealers and attempting to reclaim what was stolen from them. But years of captivity and torture have left their mark on Drew. He is no longer the same boy Elisabeth fell in love with, but he is still her husband, and she’s determined to build something new and leave her relationship with Gabe in the past, if her heart will get the memo.

When their enemies close in and the threat of a terrorist attack escalates, Gabe may be the only person they can trust. Drew, Elisabeth, and Gabe are thrown into a fight for their lives–one that will test their loyalties to God, country . . . and each other.

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GENRE: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
RELEASE DATE: May 18, 2017
PAGES: 406

“For always.”

Wow!! I don’t think I breathed at all while reading this fast-paced, emotionally-wrenching, high-stakes suspense novel from Erynn Newman!

From the first chapter, you experience romantic highs and then – just as quickly – devastating lows with these characters in whom you’re already fully invested. What follows is a symphony of tension as you the reader know things the characters don’t – and you don’t dare to breathe as you wait for it to all play out.

This could easily have turned into just an angsty romance, with a love triangle to end all love triangles, but Newman is skilled at knowing when to ratchet up the suspense and the action. She’s also very talented at creating characters you readily embrace, as well as an undercurrent of deep love that makes the romance swoonworthy as well as bittersweet. Emotions run high in Out of Darkness, but they don’t overpower the story. Instead, they frame the characters and propel the action.

Each of them owned a part of her heart, but the force of loving them separately was tearing her apart.

Bottom Line: Out of Darkness keeps you riveted to the page, your heart in your throat, as you wait to see where Erynn Newman takes the plot and the characters. I honestly didn’t know how it would end, and I liked that it wasn’t predictable! The high stakes of both the suspense and the emotions insure that this is a one-sitting read, no matter how late into the night that might go. A tender message of faith weaves throughout the story and, while it gets a bit heavy on the sermonizing at times, those scenes do remain organic to the characters so it doesn’t feel forced. If you are a fan of Lynette Eason, Dani Pettrey, or Ronie Kendig, you need to grab a copy of Erynn Newman’s Out of Darkness!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4.5 stars / awesome book!

KissingBook Level: 4 / keep the fan handy!

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about the author

Erynn Newman is a pastor’s kid, raised in churches all over the Eastern Seaboard. Since earning her degree in Christian Studies, she has traveled the world and served as a missionary, a counselor, an ESL teacher, and a nanny. Though she has never worked with the CIA, her DVR contains a veritable Who’s Who of international spies. She is a Carolina girl, a wife, and Mama to a very busy little boy, two cats, and a gaggle of characters that live inside her head.

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To celebrate her tour, Erynn is giving away a grand prize of a signed copy of Out of Darkness, a signed copy of First Light, The Joy Eternal~A Sweet and Bitter Providence CD, a $10 Starbucks gift card, and Italian Chocolate Hazelnut Creme Cookies.!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

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This giveaway is hosted by Celebrate Lit Blog Tours
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65 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Out of Darkness by Erynn Newman

  1. Paula S.

    I’ll second that about your reviews making us want to read said book immediately! Thanks for your input about what sounds like an astounding read!

  2. Thanks SO much, Carrie. This review even makes ME want to read it again. 😉
    And thanks to everyone else. Make sure to grab a copy while it’s still priced at $1.99.

  3. Janet Estridge

    I was ready to buy this book in the first few sentences of the story. Our church library readers are going to love it!

  4. Rebecca Maney

    I have never even heard of this book. I a fast paced story with emotional undercurrents that keep me guessing. You’ve convinced me to put it on my reading radar!

  5. Winnie Thomas

    Okay, you’ve convinced me, Carrie. I must read this book! It sounds so fascinating. I have a request, though. Will you teach a speed-reading class at the next CFRR? Please!!!

  6. Chanel Monroe

    Wow. This book sounds amazing. I was completely enthralled just by reading the synopsis of this book. I can’t wait to get my hands on this.


    Thank you for the great review. I am new to Erynn Newman’s books and they sound really good! I am going to have to read them now 🙂 And thank you Erynn for the chance to be in the fabulous giveaway!

    • Thank you! I’m so excited to have so many new reader friends. Working to have something new to offer next year. (You can read more about my next project on Fiction Aficionado tomorrow). May the giveaway odds be ever in your favor.

  8. Michelle Connell

    My heart was racing just reading the review, I can only imagine what reading the book will be like!

    Great review!

  9. Pam K.

    Both of these books sound so good! I don’t read a lot of romantic suspense, but there are times when that is just what I want. Thanks for letting us know about Erynn Newman and her books.

  10. Margaret Appel

    Out Of Darkness sounds like something I will very much enjoy reading. I can’t imagine how Drew, Elisabeth, and Gabe will reconcile their relationships, but hopefully everyone gets an HEA. Definitely sounds like a wild ride thru joy, despair, & up again.

  11. Sonnetta

    What a great review. I want to read the this book to find out if everyone got their own happy ending. I cannot imagine what Gabe, Drew and Elizabeth would be feeling. I have a feeling you will walk away thinking what it really means to love someone.

  12. Donna B

    I just added this to my want to read on goodreads! I agree with some of the others that after reading this review, I want to start reading the book now!! Thanks for the review and giveaway.

  13. Alison Boss

    I just love a good suspense and this one sounds AMAZING!!!…definitely foing right onto my TBR list! Thanks for the GREAT review, Carrie!

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