#TheDarkRoom by @samblakebooks

Hare’s Landing, West Cork. A house full of mystery…

Rachel Lambert leaves London afraid for her personal safety and determined to uncover the truth behind the sudden death of a homeless man with links to a country house hotel called Hare’s Landing.

New York-based crime reporter Caroline Kelly’s career is threatened by a lawsuit and she needs some thinking space away from her job. But almost as soon as she arrives, Hare’s Landing begins to reveal its own stories – a 30-year-old missing person’s case and the mysterious death of the hotel’s former owner.

As Rachel and Caroline join forces, it becomes clear that their investigations are intertwined – and that there is nothing more dangerous than the truth…


ALFIE’S HAND SHOOK as he slipped the letter into the mouth of the postbox, his bitten nails black against the cream of the envelope.



(@AtlanticBooks, 7 January 2021, 304 pages, ebook, #ARC from the publisher via #NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed, #BlogTour 15 January 2021 via @RandomTTours)




I thought this was a corker of a thriller. I liked the fact Rachel and Caroline go to Hare’s Landing for different reasons but end up not just becoming friends but realising their investigations are linked and end up working together to find out what happened to Alfie, the homeless man and a woman who’s supposed to have killed herself thirty years before. The two different story threads gradually come together, and the women and the police find more and more clues that point to links between the murder, disappearance and Rachel’s experiences in London involving her houseboat being broken into and her boyfriend being involved in a hit and run. This is the kind of thriller I love, when there’s so much happening and so many threads and you don’t quite know what’s going on, what the links are and where it will all lead. I was gripped.

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