"compelling plot and very well written" Reader 5-Star Review
"fast-paced, well-balanced, masterfully structured" Reader 5-Star Review
Detective Alice Madison is determined to bring a psychopath to justice, but it will prove to be one of the most difficultand dangerousthings she has ever done.
After the nightmarish showdown in the woods with the madman Harry Salinger, Madison, and the surviving Hoh River Boys, attorney Nathan Quinn and his now-imprisoned client John Cameron are bound together by the experience, which changed all their lives forever.
But the nightmare isn't over, especially for Quinn, whose younger brother David's remains are founding a shallow grave. Madison resolves to follow the trail, to lead her to the killer.
But Madison has a knack for attracting all the wrong kinds of attention. As she follows the evidence, a sadistic murderer follows her every move.
About the Author
Valentina Giambanco was born in Italy. She started working in films as an editor's apprentice in a 35mm cutting room and since then has worked on many award-winning UK and US films: from small independent projects to large studio productions. She lives in London.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Dark starts off just a month after the ending of The Gift of Darkness and continues the story of a cold case from 20 years ago, when three boys were abducted. When new evidence emerges and attorney Nathan Quinn, who is still recovering in hospital, makes a public appeal regarding the murder of his little brother, David, all those years ago, Seattle Homicide Detective Alice Madison is suddenly faced with a number of cases involving torture, murder, and arson. It appears that somebody is trying to tidy up to avoid further information coming to light. I think it's possible to get into this even if you haven't read The Gift of Darkness first, but with all the information about Alice, Nathan, Cameron and the abduction case that's provided in the first book, you'll probably enjoy this more if read in order. This one is nowhere near as slow moving as the previous book. While it is still a very detailed police procedural/thriller, the pacing is much better and I actually finished it within a couple of days although it's another 500-pages book. The storyline is really creative and I enjoyed getting the different perspectives. With Cameron sitting in prison awaiting trial in this one, another different layer was added. I have become quite attached to Alison, Nathan and Cameron. Their relationship dynamics are just fascinating without the author introducing the standard romance angle. But I'm seriously hoping that all three will still feature in the next book. My one niggle, stick with one name for a character. Cameron, is it John or Jack? This is turning into a very compelling crime series. I gave the first book 3.5 stars. This one is definitely a solid 4, maybe even 4.5. I'm looking forward to the third book, Blood and Bone. I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.