Monday, 26 March 2018

Dark Lies by Nick Hollin @vonmaraus #BlogBlitz @bookouture #Review

Thank you for stopping by as I share my review for Dark Lies by Nick Hollin as part of the blog blitz today. First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...

Don’t trust your friends. Don’t trust your family. Don’t trust yourself…

When a young mother is found dead in her home with a mysterious symbol drawn on her body, DI Katie Rhodes is shaken to her core; it’s a perfect match to the birthmark she once saw on her old partner, Nathan Radley.

Formerly one of the best criminal psychologists on the police force, Nathan was renowned for getting deep into the minds of the murderers he hunted. But for the past year he has lived in isolation, terrified of losing control over his own dark desires…

Katie swore she’d never knock on Nathan’s door again, but when another woman’s body is found, she knows she doesn’t have a choice.

As the body count rises and the calling cards get increasingly personal, Katie and Nathan realise that someone very close to them is playing a dangerous game. 

Who can they trust, and how many more innocent lives will be taken before they can crack this disturbing riddle?

An absolutely nail-biting serial-killer thriller. Fans of The Girl in the Ice, or anything by Angela Marsons or Rachel Abbott will not want to miss this page-turning debut!

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I have to say that I really enjoyed the premise for this book it felt really refreshing to have a different slant on a detective thriller. I do have to admit it took me a couple of chapters to get a proper feel for the story but once I did I really managed to settle into it. The way the characters back stories are revealed is in a slightly disjointed way so I guess this may have contributed to maybe not getting into this story from the very first page. However this way of telling the story also made me so curious about these two characters and how they ended up at this point in their lives. The connection between Katie and Nathan was one of the things that I enjoyed most about this story as their interactions made for some interesting reading. They have their flaws and that gave them an edge along with a more darker undertone to the whole atmosphere of the book. Then add in a twisted killer to the mix and you get a very gripping story. I for one like characters to be less than completely perfect and have their issues/flaws as it always makes them stand out more for me.

At times I found it hard to put down and I often kept saying to myself "just one more chapter" as I felt compelled to discover the truth. I really couldn't wait to see if Katie and Nathan could finally put the pieces together. There were surprises and shocks within this story but I'm desperately trying to be vague about the storyline as it is worth discovering all the details for yourself. I'm so glad that this is the start of a series and I can't wait to see what is in store for Katie and Nathan in the next book.

Dark Lies really lives up to it's name and sends the reader on quite a twisted journey before the truth is shockingly revealed.

With thanks to Noelle at Bookouture for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

From bookbinder to gardener to forensic analyst, Nick has enjoyed an extremely varied working life. At home his interests are equally diverse, but nothing beats books. Collecting, reading, writing, they have always been a passion in one form or another. A graduate of Royal Holloway's Creative Writing Masters, he's fulfilling a long-held dream of being published and hopes to be at this for a good while yet. He lives in Cambridgeshire with his partner, young son and cat. 

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