The Dark Guest Review and Giveaway!

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Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for The Dark Guest by Sarah Hamaker, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Title: The Dark Guest

Series: The Cold War Legacy #1

Author: Sarah Hamaker

Publisher: Seshva Press LLC

Release Date: May 15, 2022

Genre: Christian, Romantic Suspense

The Cold War is over, but The Wolf is still at the door.

When Violet Lundy isn’t cleaning rooms at Happy Hills Assisted Living Facility, she loves spending her free time with resident Rainer Kopecek. Hearing his stories of the dangerous life he led behind the Iron Curtain in East Berlin makes her own life seem more tolerable. But when Rainer is found dead and his room in disarray, Violet suspects foul play. Dr. Henry Silverton lives among his books, teaching and writing about the Cold War. A letter about an East German traitor known only as “The Wolf” propels Henry out of academia and into Violet’s life. Together, they embark on a perilous quest to uncover the truth about Rainer’s death and the traitor’s identity. Can Violet and Henry uncover the secrets of the past before one of them ends up as The Wolf’s next victim?

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What an interesting, suspenseful, keep my on my toes novel!! Hamaker easily brought me into the storyline and didn’t let me go. The twists and turns were delightful and unexpected, and had me guessing right until the end. The Dark Guest has history, charm, danger, well written characters, and more.

I think the thing I appreciated the most was that it wasn’t instant love for Henry and Violet. I think that when suspense books have that, it sometimes takes away from the mystery you’re trying to solve. Hamaker had the perfect mix of romance and suspense, neither taking over the storyline as a whole.

I think romantic suspense fans will really enjoy The Dark Guest. I look forward to more from this series! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Sarah Hamaker loves writing books “where the hero and heroine fall in love while running for their lives.” She’s written romantic suspense novels and nonfiction books, as well as stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul volumes. As a writers coach, her heart is encouraging writers. She’s a member of ACFW; ACFW Virginia Chapter; and Faith, Hope and Love, as well as the president of Capital Christian Writers Fellowship. Her podcast, “The Romantic Side of Suspense,” can be found wherever you listen to podcasts. Sarah lives in Virginia with her husband, four teenagers, a preschool foster child and three cats.

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(1) winner will receive a copy of The Dark Guest (print or ebook, winner’s choice), a 20 oz Wolf Tumbler-Stainless Steel Travel Mug With Lid And Straw, a Wolf Wristlet Keychain, an assortment of specialty teas, a The Dark Guest tote, and The Dark Guest notebook.

(1) additional winner will receive an ebook copy of The Dark Guest, a Wolf Wristlet Keychain, an assortment of specialty teas, and The Dark Guest notebook.

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight October 11, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on October 18, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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9 responses to “The Dark Guest Review and Giveaway!

  1. Roxanne C.

    The Dark Guest sounds well-written, well-balanced, and edge-of-my-seat suspenseful.

  2. Lelia “ Lucy” Reynolds

    I definitely want to read this one. I enjoyed your review. Blessings

  3. carylkane

    Jessica, Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Sarah Hamaker is a new-to-me author.

  4. Sarah Taylor

    Jessica Thank you for sharing your review, Sarah’s book sounds like a great suspense I love reading books like this have a Blessed day!

  5. Beatrice LaRocca

    Thank you for sharing your perspective on The Dark Guest , this sounds like a thrilling story and I am looking forward to reading it myself