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26 May 2022

Book Review: The Dark by Sharon Bolton *AD Gifted

Orion sent me a free review copy of The Dark by Sharon Bolton.

When I heard that there was going to be a new Lacey Flint, I placed my pre-order then immediately re-read the four previous books. Sharon Bolton's Lacy Flint creation is the messiest and most unreliable narrator I have ever come across and I am here for it. I can't get enough.

When I was offered a review copy I jumped at the chance and jumped right in.

The Dark by Sharon Bolton book cover


When a baby is snatched from its pram and cast into the river Thames, off-duty police officer Lacey Flint is there to prevent disaster. But who would want to hurt a child?

DCI Mark Joesbury has been expecting this. Monitoring a complex network of dark web sites, Joesbury and his team have spotted a new terrorist threat from the extremist, women-hating, group known as 'incels' or 'involuntary celibates.' Joesbury's team are trying to infiltrate the ring of power at its core, but the dark web is built for anonymity, and the incel army is vast.

Pressure builds when the team learn the snatched child was just the first in a series of violent attacks designed to terrorise women. Worse, the leaders of the movement seem to have singled out Lacey as the embodiment of everything they hate, placing her in terrible danger...

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Content Warnings: Misogyny, suicide, drug abuse, death, stalking, violence

5 Word Review: Misogyny, hate, power, survival, family.

Lacey Flint takes on incels? Sign me right up.

Having read all of the previous Lacey Flint books, and the author's non-Lacey stories, I though I knew what I was getting in to. But holy hell, The Dark was darker than I could have imagined. Gritty crime thriller meets hellish dystopia. It's like just before The Handmaid's Tale but British and with the most unreliable woman in teh world narrating.

All of Lacey's cases are personal, but this one cut much closer to home than even the first one. Her lies are catching up with her and her whole world is balancing on a knife edge.

I liked how we got to see more perspectives to the story - it's not just Lacey, but we also have Mark and Emma and Dana pitching on, and the extremely disturbing AryanBoy.

This book is so fast paced, the story flies by at an incredible pace. This book is both difficult to put down and difficult to keep reading due to the subject. It's terrifying how this could so easily happen tomorrow. Sharon Bolton writes incels so accurately that I felt sick at times. It's scary.

I'm excited to see Lisa Coleman back for the audiobook, and the sample I listened to was excellent. She's a marvellous Lacey Flint and really brings the character and story to life.

I think you could technically read this book as a standalone as a lot of Lacey's past is gone back over, but I feel the story wouldn't be as layered. And if you've read the precious books then you are in for A RIDE with some new revelations about Lacey.

1 comment:

  1. Great review! Have a wonderful day!


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