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FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF SNAP
'Bauer's great gift is her ability to surprise the reader' Daily Telegraph
THE QUESTION IS: WHO IS HUNTING WHO?
In a small village where no stranger goes unnoticed, a local woman has been murdered in her bed.
This is PC Jonas Holly's first murder investigation. But he is distracted by anonymous messages that seem to come from the killer . . .
Is Jonas going to be able to solve the crime, whilst being taunted by a psychopath?
'Impressively original and convincing'
Readers are gripped by Darkside:
'A captivating read which I couldn't put down' *****
'Brilliant, clever, crime fiction' *****
'Gripping and entertaining' *****
Bauer (Blacklands, which was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger) joins such contemporary masters of psychological suspense as Ruth Rendell and Minette Walters with her twisted and tricky second novel, set in the Somerset village of Shipcott. When someone uses a pillow to suffocate Margaret Priddy, who was paralyzed below the neck after a riding accident three years earlier, Det. Chief Insp. John Marvel, the cynical head of the local CID, chews out an inexperienced police constable, Jonas Holly, for contaminating the crime scene. Some suspect a mercy killing, possibly by her son, a corrections officer. Apart from Marvel's scorn, Holly must contend with beloved wife Lucy's multiple sclerosis as well as the taunts of the killer, who leaves insulting notes that call his professional abilities into question. More deaths follow, and tension among the police ratchets up. The shattering conclusion pulls no punches and will leave many readers stunned, even as they realize how everything fits together.