Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Review: Dark Crimes

Dark Crimes Dark Crimes by Michael Hambling
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First in the DCI Sophie Allen series.
The book starts with the murder of a young woman, while she walks back home at night, after work. This is followed by the murder of her mother, strangled at her house. More murders follow and we have a serial killer for sure.

The story is very good, with the usual twists and turns, well plotted and delivered, the ending is very good and for me, quite unexpected.

The part that fell flat for me was all the praise that DCI Allen receives, even from herself. "She felt a mixture of pride in the fact her work was recognized... she saw the genuine enthusiasm and respect in her new assistant's face". Maybe I'm a grinch, but I just didn't buy it that she's always congratulating, thanking her team and that almost everybody adores her. I'm used to strong women that for the same reason step on everyone's toes. This is a murder investigations! There's tension, not good will always. Also parts of the dialogue/descriptions were a bit too simple. I liked the way the team worked together, even if it's their first joint investigation.

But overall, a good book and I will certainly read the next book in the series.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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