In Twilight’s Hush by Laurie Stevens #BookReview #GabrielMcRay4 #FYDMedia #4*

Detective Gabriel McRay investigates a cold case from 1988 involving a missing teenager named Nancy Lewicki.

Evidence is sparse and Gabriel has no leads. Much to his dismay, a celebrity psychic, Carmen Jenette, hypes the unsolved case on her television show. Gabriel warns Carmen not to interfere.

Meanwhile, strange dreams of water and corpses haunt Gabriel’s sleep. They unnerve him as he plans his wedding to LA County Medical Examiner, Dr. Ming Li. When the psychic’s life is threatened, Gabriel connects the dots back to the missing girl and realizes his cold case is burning hot.

Someone doesn’t want Nancy found and will kill to keep her hidden

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This is the fourth book in the award-winning series that Kirkus Reviews calls, “A skillfully woven tapestry of subplots and character development” and what The Huffington Post refers to as “frighteningly great.” It stands alone, but if you read one, you’ll want to read all four. Go for it. Gabriel invites you to follow his incredible psychological journey as he evolves from a victim who suffers from rage and depression to an enlightened man who has a chance to lead a happy life.

Gabriel McRay series

  1. The Dark Before Dawn
  2. Deep into Dusk
  3. The Mask of Midnight
  4. In Twilight’s Hush

A Well-Crafted Tale!

Very different from my usual type of crime read, but no less enjoyable for it.

Gabriel Ray, detective, is investigating the cold case of a missing teenager. With a lack of leads to follow, his boss lands him working with a psychic – and a celebrity one at that. To say Gabriel isn’t keen, is an understatement and he warns Carmen not to interfere. Then he begins to have the most vivid dreams of skulls and water and he finds himself distracted from planning his wedding with his fiancee, Ming, medical examiner. Then Carmen the psychic’s life is threatened and Gabriel realises that his cold case isn’t icy after all . . .

This is an intriguing read; for someone who’s not really a believer in all the psychic stuff, this is the second book I’ve read this month featuring tarot cards – although, to be fair, there’s so much more to Carmen’s abilities. I found the spiritual side of this to be quite attention grabbing and it certainly added to the mystery, but there is so much more to this book than just a cold case. It has personable characters and a tightly woven plot which kept me riveted to the very end. I’m only sorry that I haven’t read the earlier ones in the series as I felt as if I was missing something from time to time. Laurie Stevens produces a well-crafted tale which is both enthralling and entertaining. I’m happy to recommend this one, and give it 4*.

My thanks to the author for both requesting my review and providing my copy of her novel; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: crime thriller, police procedural

Author Details


Laurie Stevens
is the author of the Gabriel McRay thriller series. The books have won twelve awards, among them Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011 and a Random House Editors’ Book of the Month. In regard to writing thrillers, Suspense Magazine says Laurie is “the leader of the pack,” while International Thriller Writers claims she’s “cracked the code” of writing psychological suspense. An active member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and Sisters in Crime, Laurie lives in the setting of her books, the hills outside of Los Angeles with her husband, two snakes, and a cat.

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