Book Review: Dark River by Avery Jenkins

Dark River

Dr. Avery Jenkins is a former award-winning journalist and essayist who took a 25-year break from the writing world to become a chiropractor and acupuncturist. He holds a 2nd degree black belt in the martial art of aikido and is in his final year of training to become a Daoist priest. Dr. Jenkins lives in northwest Connecticut with his wife and two dogs of uncertain temperament.


Aging gray market dealer Asa Cire may not know exactly who he is or why he’s here, but he does know one thing: He’s going to find the murderer of the teenage girl haunting his visions, regardless of the cost.

Aided by Buddhist adept Tanya Ito and street-smart Neveah Arias, Asa tries to unravel the mystery surrounding the decades-old murder. His only leads are a small town drug dealer and a stolen manuscript that nobody can decipher.

Stalked by a Chinese mob that wants its manuscript back and the killer who wants to put Asa at the bottom of the river, Asa dodges disaster until he faces the brutal truth: To bring justice to the girl, he will have to die. Twice.

Rating: 5 out of 5.


If you love books that have details on different cultures, you will definitely love this. Imagine reading books like The Ghost Bride. A cold case of mystery and thriller. That’s the kind of feeling you get when you read this book. Considering the fact that the author of this book is an award-winning journalist who is a chiropractor, acupuncturist, and is in his final year of becoming a Daoist priest. Some his background certain shines through in this book. I am very certain that you will have a satisfaction of reading this well-articulated and researched story when it comes to detailing aspects of foreign and spiritual culture.

Asa Cire is a man who owns an antic shop. He crosses path with Neveah who offers to help him out with the shop. Asa also attends Yoga classes with Tanya, who learns about Buddism. I like how diverse and interesting the characters are in this book, that offers you a new perspective into the lives of people from different cultures. Soon enough, Asa is haunted by a girl who first appeared during on of his daily meditation sessions and then in his everyday life. He learns that the girl was murdered and his attempt to resolve the mystery makes up the rest of the book.

A page-turner that keeps you hooked to the book from the beginning right to the end. A 5 star for this book.


2 thoughts on “Book Review: Dark River by Avery Jenkins

  1. I am so glad you enjoyed ‘Dark River’! Thanks for hosting!


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