The Darkness of Others by Cate Holahan

The Darkness of Others by Cate Holahan is a slow-burn thriller set in the early days of the pandemic in NYC.


It opens with the gruesome death of a famed movie director. His wife Melissa has disappeared, and the police suspect she is responsible for his death.

However, psychiatrist Imani Banks is good friends with Melissa and knows she would never leave her daughter behind.

Then there’s Philip, Imani’s husband and Michelin chef. Before the pandemic, his restaurant was doing well but has since suffered like so many other dining establishments. To stay afloat, he must furlough some of his staff, including Tonya, who has worked for him for ten years. It couldn’t be worse timing for Tonya, who ends up moving in with Philip and his family when she’s unable to pay her rent.

Imani is immediately suspicious of Tonya’s motives and even suspects she might be involved in the murder.

Review of The Darkness of Others

This is a slow burn thriller with multiple POVs.

The pandemic plays a large part in this story. However, since there’s a bit of distance from those early days and all the restrictions, it was not as difficult to read as I expected. But it’s still not a time I like to look back on at this stage.

I enjoyed the writing style, but when I set the book aside, I had no desire to pick it back up. So, it took longer than it usually would to finish this, considering it’s not that long.

There are tons of other more positive reviews, so you may want to check those out before deciding whether to give this a read.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Thank you to Grand Central Publishing for providing me with a copy to review.

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