The Dark Side of Love

Guest Author: CJ Lyons

CJLyonsbookphotoLOResI’m CJ Lyons, pediatric ER doctor turned New York Times bestselling thriller author. I call my books Thrillers with Heart because they’re less about car chases and explosions and more about people, their relationships, and exploring the grey areas between good and evil.

The number one question readers ask about Blind Faith is where the idea for the story came from. It all started with a newspaper article about a woman who was searching 700 miles of an interstate highway trying to find the bodies of her murdered children.

Her ex-husband had kidnapped the children and confessed to killing them but didn’t pinpoint the site where he buried them before he killed himself. 

As I read accounts of this mother’s determination to bring her son and daughter home to their final resting place, I couldn’t stop thinking about how grief shapes our lives.

You see, I’m no stranger to violence. Not only because as a pediatric ER doctor I handled cases of child abuse, sexual assault, and homicides, but also because violence has touched me personally.

During my internship at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh one of my fellow interns was murdered. It was a brutal crime. Made national headlines. And I would never be the same after.

All my life, I’ve used my writing to make sense of this crazy world. After Jeff’s murder, I needed to understand how evil could exist, I needed to know justice could prevail, and that everyday people could find the courage to become heroes and change the world, so I began writing crime fiction. My Thrillers with Heart.

But it wasn’t until I wrote Blind Faith that I fully explored my own griefBlind Faith surrounding Jeff’s death.

I began a journal. Not as myself, but as my character, Sarah Durandt, a mother who has suffered an unspeakable loss, a loss so devastating and horrifying no one can guide her through the pain and darkness engulfing her—because no one knows how.

I knew Blind Faith would be a dark, edgy novel, filled with betrayals and intrigues.  A novel where nothing could be taken for granted, where no one was the person they appeared to be.  Where dark secrets would be unearthed and the lives of every character would be forever changed. But also an uplifting novel of courage and strength and perseverance, revealing that we each have the power to choose.  To choose to have faith, to choose to love, to choose to forgive.

Lies and betrayals build on each other until Sarah has nowhere to turn, no one to trust…but that’s when she realizes she can’t live like that…no one can.

She puts her trust in love. In the man she once loved. And the hope that the power of their love can overcome anything.

BLIND FAITH starts with a mother facing every parent’s worst nightmare. But it ends with a simple truth, one we all need to remember: All courage comes from love.

Thanks for reading,

About CJ:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-one novels, former pediatric ER doctor CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge Thrillers with Heart.

Winner of the International Thriller Writers’ coveted Thriller Award, CJ has been called a “master within the genre” (Pittsburgh Magazine) and her work has been praised as “breathtakingly fast-paced” and “riveting” (Publishers Weekly) with “characters with beating hearts and three dimensions” (Newsday).

Learn more about CJ’s Thrillers with Heart at

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