- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Bantam; New Ed edition (1 Sept. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 055381821X
- ISBN-13: 978-0553818215
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.2 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Darkness, Take My Hand: 2 (Kenzie and Gennaro) Paperback – 1 Sep 2006
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"Lehane's hold is wholly unremitting and compelled me to read the novel in a single day" (The Express)
"Dark and hypnotic" (Guardian)
An electrifying thriller that is at once gut-wrenchingly violent and achingly melancholy.See all Product Description
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The prologue sets us up to be prepared for some rather serious and unhappy occurances in the book...maybe not what we expect, but still we're warned that this book won't be all fun and games.
The woman who hires Kenzie fears that she and her son are being targeted and this leads him eventually into the tracking of a serial killer who may have been involved with murders that occured 20 years ago. Eventually, he finds connections even with his own family and neighborhood.
There's an undercurrent in the novel touching on how violence poisons the inner being of all involved, a theme that apparantly is recurrent in Lehane's books.
There's genuine literary quality in Lehane's writings. There's also a tragic and fatalistic aura about his stories. Kenzie is faced not only with the challenge of doing the jobs he's hired for but also with the challenge of retaining his own soul, his own feeling of rightness.
This works both as a well plotted mystery and also as a walk on the very dark side of human nature.
Those however looking for an engaging, humourous and entertaining thriller will have to walk a long mile before they find a better read.
Our two heros Kenzie and Gennaro, and even their psychotic sidekick Bubba, manage to remain people we want to know more of, to spend time with, and to root for - true, they seem rather more attractive and morally sound than one might have a right to expect at times, and their back stories occasionally smack of being put in place to add background colour, but, (and in this I obviously disagree with some other readers), I found the evolving relationship between the two partners a central and involving theme of the book, rather than the more usual cheap attempt to inject much needed sexual tension into a dieing narrative.
Although the plot centres around the chase for a serial killer of children, and occasionally touches on areas previously made their own by authors such as Thomas Harris, it unfolds more organically than most, and slowly accelerates to a furious, and genuinely moving climax.
This is not Shakespeare, nor is it even the perfect example of the rollercoaster thriller it sets out to be - the familiarity of certain plot lines prevents that. For me, other novels in the series come closer, although I suspect that may be personnal taste.Read more ›
The tale is told in a rather jocular first-person style, which initially seems rather at odds with the grim subject matter. The style either changes as the story progresses, or I soon adjusted to it. Whatever, a rousing read with some nail-biting moments.
In "Darkness" Patrick and Angie come back from Lahane's hugely successful debut novel "A Drink Before the War," and they're hired to shadow a college kid because his mother fears for his safety and the surveillance job quickly turns into a life and death situation for the duo.
Bodies keep piling up. There's a link to a killer from the past, but it can't be him as he's still in jail. Patrick and Angie (who thankfully is shed of her abusive husband by now) have to make it through this case alive and it isn't going to be easy.
One thing of note about this book, Lehane lets us get a hundred pages into the book before he introduces the serial killer, quite a refreshing difference than the usual opening of a brutal murder on page one seen though the killer's eyes. Lehane skillfully brings us along with his characters and we find out what's going on as they do. Great writing. Five stars, even though there was a little to much of the icky stuff for me, I still couldn't put it down.
Review submitted by Captain Katie Osborne
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Fast paced, adrenaline fuelled, action. But that's not why you should read this book. You should read this book for the brilliant beautiful insightful details. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sunflowers
Dennis Lehane needs no introduction. He is a fabulous writer & creater of characters. Layer upon layer of intrigue & twists. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Lindylou
Very dark book, but a great thriller. I love Kenzie and Gennaro.Published 21 months ago by Geek Goddess