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The Darkest Hour

The Darkest Hour [Kindle Edition]

Katherine Howell
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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'A finely paced and engrossing second novel from this talented Australian writer.' -- Guardian

'races along at a tearing pace'
-- Sunday Times


'races along at a tearing pace'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 730 KB
  • Print Length: 516 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0330462407
  • Publisher: Pan Books (30 Nov 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004E9T0QS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #150,146 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Run-of-the-mill thriller 19 Aug 2009
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While I can see that having a paramedic as the central character might be attractive to a writer, especially one who used to be a paramedic herself, the character still needs to be brought to life in some way and this just doesn't happen with 'Lauren'. I didn't care whether she got killed by the baddie, or kissed by her co-worker, or not.

A big problem is that we don't really meet the bad guy; he lurks in the background. This tactic can work but it needs a stronger writer. The bad guy is also a complete psycho, which leaves him short on motive -- always a mistake.

I'd never read an Australian detective novel before and was hoping for a little more sense of place, a little more of a feeling that this couldn't just have been set anywhere in Britain or America.

I saw this book recommended by a newspaper reviewer and bought a copy but found it disappointing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well-plotted, pacy Australian crime novel 11 Feb 2011
By Maxine Clarke VINE VOICE
The Darkest Hour by Katherine Howell is her second novel, telling two connected, interweaving stories with a cracking pace and confidence. I enjoyed it tremendously, despite not being sure about it at first.
The book opens with Lauren Yates, a Sydney paramedic, almost running over an injured young man running across the road late at night. Jumping out of her ambulance to help, the young man and his friend hastily drive away. Lauren investigates the alley where the men had run from, and encounters a horrific crime in progress. What's more, she knows the perpetrator, who is able to threaten her sufficiently to make her stay silent about what she's seen.
Six months later, Lauren and her partner Joe are called to the scene of another crime, this time a street where a man, James Kennedy, has been stabbed. While the ambulance is racing to the hospital, Kennedy is able to say the name of the man who attacked him: the same man who previously threatened Lauren. Lauren therefore has a dilemma - she has previously lied in court at the inquest of the man murdered in the alley in denying that she saw the attack, yet she can't withhold the name of Kennedy's assailant from the police because Joe, her colleague, also heard it.
Lauren is one of the two main protagonists in this novel; the other is Ella Marconi, a police detective who is being investigated after events in the previous book by this author (Frantic). Ella is determined to prove herself so that she gets to stay in homicide, hence when she pulls the James Kennedy investigation she is determined to solve it. She's stymied, however, when Lauren withdraws her evidence about the perpetrator.
I was in two minds about this book up to this point.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 4 May 2009
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Once again, Katherine Howell has kept me up late reading 'The Darkest Hour.' Working as a paramedic, I know her stories are realistic. This thriller has me locking the doors at the station. Thanks Katherine for another great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable 23 Jun 2011
By Wozzie29 - Published on
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As the previous reviewer states, I too stayed up late into the night reading another of Katherine's novels. Wow, this author blows me away not only with the obviously accurate insight of a paramedic's experience, but with the story build as well.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Australian murder mystery 23 Jan 2014
By manz - Published on
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I am really enjoying this series, especially as a Sydney-sider, it is fun reading a novel set in the Sydney suburbs. Also the strong paramedic part of the books is really well done.
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 22 Aug 2013
By Cattlequeen - Published on
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Katherine Howell is fairly new on my reading list. I have found that once started, I am unable to put the book down. Very believable characters and as I lived in Sydney I can relate to many of the places and streets in all of these books.
5.0 out of 5 stars number 2 Ella Marconi 10 July 2013
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Great to read a book with both perspectives of the victim of a crime and the police. I am also enjoying the ambo officer perspective. The fact that this is set in The land of Oz also terrific
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