Would you know a killer if you looked him in the eyes? The sensational new thriller from the author of Blacklands
Shipcott in bleak mid-winter: a close knit community where no stranger goes unnoticed. So when an elderly woman is murdered in her bed, village policeman Jonas Holly is doubly shocked. How could someone have entered, and killed, and left no trace?
The investigation is quickly snatched away from him by abrasive Detective Marvel. But someone in the village blames Jonas for the tragedy. Someone seems to know every move he makes. Someone thinks he’s not doing his job. And when the killer claims another vulnerable victim, these taunts turn into sinister threats.
Blinded by rising paranoia and fear for his own invalid wife, Jonas strikes out alone on a mystifying hunt. But the threats don't stop - and neither do the murders . . .
“Belinda Bauer is the most disturbing new talent around”
“Bauer takes astonishing risks but - like a brilliant ski-jumper - arcs down to the perfect landing”
“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 Oâ??Keeffe, Bookseller
“A barnstorming follow-up... Bold, mordant, compassionate, Darkside confirms Bauer's reputation as a significant new talent”
“She can do tragic brilliantly and she can do grim, but every now and then humour breaks into the tale - and she does that almost best of all”
“Tense and imaginative”
“Well-written, involving and chilling”
“...flouts the conventions of the crime genre with aplomb... the psychological motivation behind Bauer's fictional crimes is impressively original and convincing. Read it and you'll see what I mean!”
SOPHIE HANNAH (writing for www.express.co.uk)
“Tense triumph... Bauer defies all expectations and does it again with a book that piles on the tension while remaining credible. It says something about the author that this novel can sit happily next to some of the more hard-boiled heavyweights”
“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”
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