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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Through the Darkness is the first entry in the Mallox Series by Lisa Burkett and has a strong appeal for fans of drama and psychological thrillers with compelling female characters; a story that is emotionally loaded. Aiden Mallox started his company to offer help to people in difficult situations and most of the clients have been those leaving an abusive partner, something that often turns dangerous as the abuser can resort to stalking behavior. Mallox Consulting helped Natalie Kessler in the past when she was stalked by a former co-worker. Now she finds herself in dangerous waters and must choose to support a friend in an abusive relationship. An assault sets her on a path to reliving her childhood trauma. Can she overcome the pain and experience freedom?
This is a well-plotted and engrossing story with strong psychological themes. The characters deal with trauma, sexual assault, and violence, especially against women. The characters as rock-solid, genuinely flawed, and hugely believable. Aiden’s background as well as the background of other characters make them the best fits for the roles they play in the story. The relationship between Aiden and Natalie is skillfully written, and beyond the professional relationship, Aiden provides the support system that Natalie requires to find her strength and confidence. The novel deals with social and personal issues that many readers can identify with. Through the Darkness by Lisa Burkett features counseling and demonstrates how to handle people dealing with trauma. It is written in gorgeous prose, punctuated by deftly written dialogues and a pulsating drama. It was a page-turning story with characters that stay with readers.