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The Darkest Hour by [Howell, Katherine]
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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

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'races along at a tearing pace'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1209 KB
  • Print Length: 516 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (23 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004E9T0QS
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #707,629 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 16 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Threats, lies, deceit and murder 19 Jan. 2017
By Alicia G. Moree - Published on Amazon.com
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I really like this author's writing style and I love that she uses her experience as a paramedic around which base her character's lives and stories.

Paramedic Lauren Yates finds herself alone in an alley helping a man that she knows all too well, Miles Werner. A man she knows to be angry, hateful, deceitful, and most of all, dangerous. All the while, another man lays dead in the same alley. When she begins to help Miles he threatens her life, her sister's life and the life of her niece, Mile's own daughter.

Terrified of Werner's threats, she lies to the police, to her sister and to her partner and sets into motion a trail that leads to even more victims. She becomes desperate and has no idea how she will ever get out of this mess alive.
4.0 out of 5 stars Paramedic and Police drama 16 May 2014
By carolynfromoz - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this sequel to Katherine Howell's first novel "Frantic" very much. It was a fast paced read which kept me engaged to the end.

Lauren is a paramedic who one dark night out working on her own came across a murder victim in a back alley. Hiding in the shadows she sees a man she recognises as her sister's ex-husband, Thomas Werner, who they believed had returned to his home in Austria. He threatens Lauren that if she says he a word about him to police, he will harm her sister and her little girl. Some months later when she is transporting a fatally stabbed victim to hospital, she and her colleague Joe hear him clearly say that he was stabbed by Thomas Werner. Thomas is heavily embroiled in crime and tries to silence Lauren however detective Ella Marconi is on the case and there is no way Lauren can suppress Thomas' involvement this time.

A story with several different threads that all come together in a thrilling ending.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent! 14 July 2017
By Li'l Owl - Published on Amazon.com
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I love the combination of the paramedics and the police working together to help fight the crimes that are committed by people with little regard for the life of others.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced read with 2 great heroines 12 April 2013
By madge hair - Published on Amazon.com
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Katherine Howell never drops the pace with this one. I was reading it at all hours, early morning, late nights, and in insomnia moments.The characters are believable and the setting recognizable - a nice change for aussie crime readers! Excellent to see the girls mixing it up with the bad boys and coping, while still fitting it in a little understated romance. Why not 5 stars? The bad dude was just too bad, to the point of being superhuman.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Darkest Hour 2 Nov. 2012
By maryl - Published on Amazon.com
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Well written without too much padding. I like the way she cuts from one protagonist to the other which serves to heighten the interest and suspense. Being a Sydney-born girl, I find it interesting to know exactly where they are all heading and can picture the scenes in my mind's eye. I liked it so much, I ordered the following book which I am now quite enjoying.
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