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"She's a thriller queen... hailed as the woman most likely to lead the fightback against the Scandinavian crime-wave... It's an extraordinary piece of writing... one of the most gripping whodunnits you'll read in 2011" Sunday Times (Culture) "Belinda Bauer is the most disturbing new talent around" VAL MCDERMID "Bauer takes astonishing risks but - like a brilliant ski-jumper - arcs down to the perfect landing" Independent "Second novel syndrome... is not something that affects Belinda Bauer... I would press this one on anyone who loves Kate Atkinson, Bauer really is that good" -- Alice O'Keeffe Bookseller "A barnstorming follow-up... Bold, mordant, compassionate, Darkside confirms Bauer's reputation as a significant new talent" Sunday Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The sensational, critically acclaimed thriller by the author of Blacklands: the 2010 Crime Novel of the Year --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Set in the same Exmoor village as her first book, Blacklands, Darkside has more characters, more dark humour, a more impressive plotline, and a genuine oh-my-god ending. The style is still light on the gore, without sacrificing atmosphere and menace. I like to be surprised by humour in a book, and there are a few laugh-out-loud moments, many courtesy of the sarcastic Marvel. This is an out and out crime thriller with some great touches.
Jonas Holly, the young village policeman, is called to the scene. He had been ambitious for more, but when his wife was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis he realised that he had to put his ambitions to one side.
Of course the murder squad is called in, and the local man is pushed to the sidelines. But as there are more killings, as it becomes clear that the killer is targeting the elderly, the ill, the infirm, Jonas is sure that his local knowledge, his insight, could be the key to solving the case.
The plot starts slowly, giving the characters, the location and the themes space to take root, and then it twists and turns and gains pace wonderfully. There's some very clever plotting on show.
And what makes the story sing is the people of Shipcott: their relationships, their shared history, their realisation that somebody they know, a friend, a colleague, a neighbour, could be the killer.
The relationship between Jonas and his wife, Lucy , as they both struggle to come to terms with the practical and emotional effects of her deteriorating health, is particularly well drawn. It's real, it's heartbreaking, and it cleverly draws out questions about the killer's motivation, about just who he might be.
I thought I knew, but I couldn't work out how, and then I changed my mind. More than once before the final answer came.
I'm afraid that the conclusion was a bit of a problem for me.Read more ›
The pace kicks off before your first sip of coffee, and provides no let up until the turn of the last page.
She has created a strong yet diverse bunch of characters, all set in a village so realistic, you may well be able to spot it on Google Earth!!
What a great book. I was hooked from the outset, and the page numbers just kept tumbling as my need to find out what would happen next.
It seems as though sleepy Shipcott is far removed from horror, but then somebody suffocates Margaret Priddy; bed ridden and paralysed. Detective Chief Inspector Marvel is brought in to investigate the crime and he certainly does not want the help of local boy, Jonas Holly. Yet, when Holly is side-lined, he begins to receive anonymous notes, suggesting that he is not doing enough to protect his local community. Ignored by Marvel, suspicious of those he has known all his life, and hating to leave Lucy alone with a killer on the loose, Jonas realises that he is involved – whether Marvel likes it or not.
I like Bauer’s writing and enjoyed her debut very much. In this novel, however, she is let down by some weak plotting and a lack of viable suspects. Normally I am unable to work out ‘who-dunnit’ and never really try to – in this book, it is unfortunately quite clear who the killer is fairly early in the storyline. You hope she will pull out a sudden, surprising plot twist, but it never comes... However, generally the novel is well written, with interesting characters, and a nice atmosphere. I will certainly read on – that second novel is notoriously difficult and I know she can do much better.
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I enjoyed the first part of the book, and the way the characters were allowed to build slowly. That said, I found things changed about two thirds of the way through; like some... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Clive Ryan
I really enjoy Belinda Bauer's book She writes very well and has a humorous but sometimes quite gory tale to tell. Read morePublished 5 months ago by amanda harborne
This just wasn’t it for me.. The beginning was interesting but then it kind of slipped away.. it missed suspense and I especially did not like the plot resolution she presented in... Read morePublished 8 months ago by The Belgian Reviewer
This is emotionally compelling with some welcome morose humour from Marvel's un-PC thoughts and speech. And there's a particularly creepy encounter towards the end. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Roman Clodia