#ShareAReviewDay Tuesday – That Darkest Place by Marcia Meara

I’m sure you’ve all noticed that when I have an afternoon opening in my #ShareAReviewDay schedule, I fill the spot with a review of one of my own books. Guess what? Yep, it happened again today, so I’m sharing a wonderful review of my 3rd Riverbend novel, That Darkest Place. Hope you’ll enjoy it and will pass it  along to  all your friends on social media. The Painter brothers will thank you for it, and so will I. ❤


Alex Craigie rated a book 5 Stars
Goodreads Review

That Darkest Place is the third of Marcia Meara’s books in the Riverbend series.  I recommend reading them in published order so as not to come across spoilers – and I’m pretty confident that once you’ve read one, like me you’ll want to read the others!

This book picked up from where the second left off and tells the story of the two older Painter brothers, Jackson and Forrest. There’s intrigue and danger running through it but the biggest and greatest part of the plotline for me concerns the relationships between the characters. Marcia has a special talent for revealing the uncertainties and inner feelings of her protagonists in a way with which her readers can readily identify.

At the heart of the book is the subject of how people move on after tragedy strikes and the often dangerous, ill-considered assumptions made by those around them. Two of the characters have suffered severe physical and emotional damage that has left them feeling unable to interact socially. Their powerful portrayal creates such real and believable personas that you’re swept along with them, feeling their suffering and praying that they’ll overcome the obstacles before them.

Marcia has done her homework and the medical and psychological backgrounds feel real and grounded; there’s no instant solution. However, the book isn’t doom and gloom at all. As always, there’s plenty of wit and humour running through the plotline – even in the tender love scenes which capture the spark of passion, the fear of rejection and the joy in finding a soulmate.

This book has all you need for a captivating read. Buy it!


In Book 3 of her popular Riverbend series, Marcia Meara, author of Wake-Robin Ridge, A Boy Named Rabbit,and Harbinger, takes another look at the lives of the Painter brothers—Jackson, Forrest, and Hunter. While Hunter is home again and on the mend, the same isn’t true for his oldest brother. Jackson’s battle has just begun.

“There are dark places in every heart, in every head. Some you turn away from. Some you light a candle within. But there is one place so black, it consumes all light. It will pull you in and swallow you whole. You don’t leave your brother stranded in that darkest place.”
~Hunter Painter~

The new year is a chance for new beginnings—usually hopeful, positive ones. But when Jackson Painter plows his car into a tree shortly after midnight on January 1, his new beginnings are tragic. His brothers, Forrest and Hunter, take up a grim bedside vigil at the hospital, waiting for Jackson to regain consciousness and anxious over how he’ll take the news that he’s lost a leg and his fiancée is dead. After all, the accident was all his fault.

As the shocking truth emerges, one thing becomes obvious—Jackson will need unconditional love and support from both of his brothers if he is to survive.

Just as he begins the long road to recovery, danger, in the form of a sinister, unsigned note, plunges him back into bleak despair. Scrawled in blood red letters, the accusation—and the threat—is clear. “MURDERER!”

Will the long, harrowing ordeal that lies ahead draw the Painter brothers closer together, or drive them apart forever?

Suspenseful and often heartbreaking, this small-town tale is a testimonial to the redemptive power of love and paints a story filled with humor, romance, and fierce family loyalty.

Buy That Darkest Place HERE

Author Marcia Meara

Marcia Meara lives in central Florida, just north of Orlando, with her husband of over thirty years, four big cats, and one small dachshund. When not writing or blogging, she spends her time gardening, and enjoying the surprising amount of wildlife that manages to make a home in her suburban yard.

Marcia enjoys nature. All of it! Well, almost all of it, anyway. From birds, to furry critters, to her very favorites, snakes. She does, however, consider squirrels to be minions of Satan, sent to drive her mad. And she truly loathes spiders, convinced that anything with eight hairy legs is surely up to no good. She does not, however, kill spiders anymore, since she knows they have their place in the world. Besides, her husband now handles her Arachnid Catch and Release Program, and she’s good with that.

The one thing Marcia would like to pass along to each of her readers is that it’s never too late to make your dreams come true. If, at the age of 69, she could write and publish a book (and thus fulfill 64 years of longing to do that very thing), you can make your own dreams a reality, too. Go for it! What have you got to lose?

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32 thoughts on “#ShareAReviewDay Tuesday – That Darkest Place by Marcia Meara

    • Yay. You’ll find that (as with Wake-Robin Ridge) the direction I thought my series would take (romantic suspense) isn’t exactly the way it worked out. But you can only have so many serial killers in a town the size of Riverbend, before everyone would move away! 😀 I had to look for drama elsewhere, and the Painter brothers advised me they had plenty of it, so that’s the direction I went. Turns out they were right! 😀 Hope you enjoy Finding Hunter and That Darkest Place, Joan. 🙂 ❤

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  1. I seem to be a day behind with all my emails! Just opened this one and was delighted to see my review there. It really is a wonderful book, Marcia, and I hope others get a chance to see that for themselves.
    ❤ 🙂 ❤

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    • Thanks, Teri! I do love writing about the Painter brothers, though the next book won’t be focused on them. And speaking of brothers, I’m well into The Gemini Connection, and loving it, so far! (Don’t tell Mae Clair. The latest Preston & Child was released yesterday, and I told her we’d likely be reading simultaneously, but I started this one first, thinking I’d take a break for P&C. Not gonna happen. I’m hooked on Evan and Simon’s story now! 😀 Old Bones will just have to wait another day or two. 😀

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    • Thank you so much, Staci, and I’m truly glad you enjoyed this book. I know the Painter brothers won’t be the focus of the next Riverbend book, but you can bet they’ll pop up here and there, because they are so special to me. 😀

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    • Thanks, Sally, and you’re right, but my books are on display here all the time, so when I do a series like this one, I only use them when I have a gap here or there. Such was the case Tuesday, and I got to share one of my favorite reviews of That Darkest Place. Yay. 😀

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        • Thanks for the kind words, Sally. It was never my intent to apologize, only to explain that when I’m filling in, it’s because there’s an opening. I enjoy sharing my reviews and hope others like reading them, too. But the feature is actually meant to mostly be for other authors to stop by. It helps me to have them here, too, as their followers often start following me, as well. So it’s a win/win thing.

          Having said all of that, don’t worry. I’ll always be popping in with my reviews now and then, too, when there are gaps in the schedule, and I’m happy to fill them. 😀 I was especially glad to share this one, as TDP is possibly my favorite book, overall. I loved writing the interactions between these three very different brothers, and particularly, letting Forrest finally grow up and come into his own. 😀

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