A Cry in the Dark - Denise Grover Swank

A Cry in the Dark

By Denise Grover Swank

  • Release Date: 2019-11-12
  • Genre: Suspense
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 320 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


  • Wonderfully exciting.

    By Dyonis P
    Carly brings courage and honesty to Drum. This book will keep you guessing and wanting more. I couldn’t put it down as the suspense keeps coming.. great book. Denise Grover Swank did it again, got to my heart with her book.
  • A Cry is the Dark

    By Betty Foley
    Once again Denise has me falling in love with another set of characters. I always hate finishing her books because there is a void in my life until there is a new book. It is fun and exciting to follow Carly into the town of Drum.
  • I usually hate “continuation characters”

    By Megannie's Tunes
    I was hesitant to jump into the new continuation series but spent my summer devouring all things Rose and Neely Kate, so decided to give the new series a go. I love DGS’s character development and story telling abilities. But am tired of series based on other characters that I’m not fully invested in. I read several other of her series after reading the Rose/Neely Kate books, and though I enjoyed them, I felt they did not give me that same have to read the next now moment on the same level as Rose. I feel Carly’s story is set up to do just that! I do love all things by Grover-Swank but Rose, Neely and now Carly are my favorites. ❤️
  • What a first book in a series.

    By chrisrenee77
    The first book in a series is a make or break situation. This first book was nothing short of greatness. After Carly leaves Hennryetta Arkansas after finding her “ new family”, she breaks down in Drum,TN. If she thought her life was complicated after running away from her fiancé and father it’s about to get even more complicated. After witnessing a murder, Carly tries to take any suspicion off herself while investigating who could have killed a young boy. Around every new clue danger awaits, all while trying to keep her feelings for Wyatt at bay. This book is 100% a hit. Loved all the characters and the story that Denise brought to her readers.
  • 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 😁