Dark Lies by Nick Hollin

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 mysterious symbols drawn on her body, DI Katie Rhodes is shaken to her core; something is telling her that the clues link back to 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?”

I really wanted to love this book, the title, the cover all drew me in but unfortunately I found the first half of this book a bit frustrating. I get that a lot of thrillers have a back story that unfolds over time but with this it felt like I should already know the story, the way it was referred to was jarring. I had to check back a few times to see if I had missed something, I felt at one point that maybe there was a book previous to this one that told the story but there wasn’t so for me personally I found it hard to get a flow and I just didn’t gel.

I kept going with it thought because I did like the characters and obviously I wanted to figure out what was going on and it did pick up in the second half. I think I would have liked to see these characters in their prime when they first started working together and not as shells of who they once were muddling through and second guessing themselves. If there was another book that had Katie and Nathan straight out solving murders and less of the personal issues I would definitely read it because they are good characters.

If you’re looking for something a bit different with more of a back story and less on the actual murders, with really interesting characters then I would say give it a go. Dark Lies (previously called In The Blood will be published by Bookouture on the 26th March and is currently available to preorder on Kindle.

(Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of Dark Lies from Bookouture on NetGalley for the purpose of a review all opinions are my own and I am not paid to give them.)

3 thoughts on “Dark Lies by Nick Hollin

  1. i really like books that focus on the characters… on of my fave nordic noir is like this too 🙂 as long as it’s great writing and great characters, i don’t mind if they don’t spend that much time on the investigation itself


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