Oh my goodness, isn’t it cold?!
Of course it is, just look at the chilling read I have for you this evening!! I am thrilled to share my review of ‘Dark Game’ by Rachel Lynch as part of the blog tour. What a book!! Big thank you to Canelo for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:
After a scandal forces DI Kelly Porter out of the Met, she returns to her home turf in the Lake District. Crimes in the Cumbrian constabulary tend to be of the minor sort, but Kelly begins work on a cold case that shocked the local community – the abduction and brutal murder of ten-year-old Lottie Davies.
Meanwhile, Kelly is also investigating two seemingly straightforward crimes: a case involving an illegal immigrant, and a robbery following the death of local businessman Colin Day. But evidence comes to light that reveals a web of criminal activity beyond anything Kelly imagined. Behind the veneer of sleepy, touristy towns lies a dark and dangerous underworld. As Kelly threatens to expose those with much to lose, she risks paying the ultimate price to get to the truth…
What does TWG think?
I have been waiting to read a book which not only contains crime, but is predominantly police procedural based – I’m sure you can guess how excited I was to read ‘Dark Game’! Rachel Lynch’s book really does live up to it’s not so bright title as yes, the storyline is exceptionally dark. If you’re easily offended, then I suggest not reading this book as the author has incorporated a lot of shocking events into a relatively small space and, whilst I was absolutely hooked from the get go, some readers may find the theme a bit too twisted.
Not me, obviously! That said, if you had mentioned this book to me a couple of years ago – I would have raised my eyebrow at you and told you not to be so daft (I was a wuss!). Now when I get asked to read dark, crime books such as this one, I jump at the chance whilst also holding on tight as I know it’s going to be a bumpy ride!
Kelly is determined to do her best in her new role in the Lake District. After working in the busy Met, Kelly is used to fast paced, tough criminal activity and, even though she has adjusted her mindset to accommodate the pace change, Kelly has no option but to give it her best shot. Oh, she certainly does that alright!!
Clearly I do not want to give anything away as that would be just pointless, so, all I will say is that this storyline is one that just keeps on giving, even when you think everything has slowed down. It hasn’t; the story is just taking a couple of second breather. Basically, keep your attention on the events in this book otherwise you literally will blink and miss something vital. I know I did….once or twice!
I did find some of the themes covered in ‘Dark Game’ exceptionally hard to read, but, it is what it is and unfortunately things like this happen in real life. Even though there were times where I thought to myself ‘what on Earth was that?!’, I refused to put the book down as I was enthralled by Kelly’s confident persona, as well as the gritty and chilling storyline. As far as I was concerned it was a winning combination – I fluffing loved this book (yes that sounds weird considering what it contains, but y’know!!).
‘Dark Game’ is dark, twisted, shocking, chilling, gritty, and exceptionally fast paced. I would love to give this book more than five stars, however, I am not magic by any means but at least the thought was there!
Absolutely brilliant and very, very cleverly written, ‘Dark Game’ will knock your socks off time and time again!