Wednesday, March 18, 2020

BLOG TOUR - Some Days Are Dark

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for Some Days Are Dark by Miranda Smith.


When you have nothing to lose, how far will you go to save yourself?

Everyone in Whitaker was sure Olivia Miller shot her husband, until Marcus Rowe confessed. But a month before the trial, Marcus has been proved innocent—putting Olivia back in the frame.

Olivia is the first to admit she isn’t perfect. She’s made a lot of mistakes in her life, the worst of which was marrying Dane Miller. She fell for his kind eyes, his lack of judgement—she thought she could be free with him. That was before the chaotic parties, the dangerous friends, the lies… But one bad choice shouldn’t mean a life sentence. Now her friends are turning away from her, gossiping about her wherever she goes, wondering when she’ll be arrested this time.

Olivia isn’t going to run from the stares, from the whispers, from the doubts. She won’t leave her beloved son behind, or give her ex-husband Frank and his new wife any excuse to stop her seeing him. And if the police and the world think she’s guilty, there’s only one thing she can do—prove her innocence herself.

But if Marcus didn’t murder her husband, then the real killer is still out there.

And they’re not going to want Olivia stirring up the past…

An absolutely gripping, heart-pounding suspense novel about bad choices and second chances. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl, Karin Slaughter and Lisa Gray. 

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Title:   Some Days Are Dark
Author:  Miranda Smith
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Mystery/Thriller
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   354
Date of Publication:   March 16, 2020
My Rating:   4 Stars

When you pick up a book by a debut author, you can't always be certain where it will go. No worries with Some Days Are Dark. This multilayered book opens with Olivia being rather pleased that her husband is dead. No, she is not jumping up and down, but must work on not showing her relief. What happened in her marriage to lend these feelings to Olivia? That remains a mystery and is slowly unraveled.

One clear layer to this story is the fact that her husband's murderer is acquitted. Does this then put Olivia in the limelight as a possible suspect, perhaps the most likely one?  Olivia is not the only player in this book. As a matter of fact, her alibi is her ex and their son. A lot of digging ensues, including a crime blogger Brock, who ends up being in Olivia's corner, and does his very best to prove her innocence.

In the popular style of Before and After clues are revealed and the reader gets to see who Olivia is, what happened in her first marriage, and where she is now. This fast-moving story certainly kept my attention throughout. I loved the suspense, the pacing and the exciting conclusion. I will definitely grab the next book by this promising author.

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Miranda Smith writes psychological and domestic suspense. She is drawn to stories about ordinary people in extraordinary situations. Before completing her first novel, she worked as a newspaper staff writer and a secondary English teacher. She lives in East Tennessee with her husband and three young children. 


  1. This one seems like my kind of book.

  2. I like the sound of this book. Great review.

  3. My kind of book. Thanks for the recommendation.

  4. I am very wary of a debut book with a new author. Glad this one worked out well for you :) I am definitely liking that cover. Pulls the reader in right away!

    Happy reading,
    Megan | Ginger Mom & Company