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Into the Dark: 'Breathless plotting and twist after twist' – Ian Rankin (English Edition) Kindle Ausgabe
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Into the Dark is the gripping crime thriller from Fiona Cummins about revenge, greed, ambition and the true cost of friendship.
‘Complex. Inventive. Twisting. Unsettling’ – Sarah Vaughan, bestselling author of Anatomy of a Scandal
The Place: Seawings, a beautiful art deco home overlooking the sweep of the bay in Midtown-on-Sea.
The Crime: The gilded Holden family – Piper and Gray and their two teenage children – have vanished from the house without a trace.
The Detective: DS Saul Anguish, brilliant but with a dark past, treads the narrow line between light and shade.
One late autumn morning, Piper’s best friend arrives at Seawings to discover an eerie scene – the radio is playing, phones are charging on the worktop, the cars are in the garage. But the house is deserted.
In fifteen-year-old Riva Holden’s bedroom, scrawled across the mirror in blood, are three words:
What happens next?
Produktbeschreibung des Verlags
Breathless plotting and twist after twist-- Ian Rankin
Fiona Cummins evokes the dark arts of journalism and politics with an insider’s relish in this rich, intricately woven novel of childhood crime and adult redemption. I finished it with my heart in my mouth. Highly recommended -- Louise Candlish on When I Was Ten
Grips like a vice -- Val McDermid on When I Was Ten
Absorbing, tense and beautifully paced -- Daily Mail on When I Was Ten
Dark, creepy and ultimately compassionate . . . a chilling look at the consequences of a childhood gone wrong -- J. P. Delaney on When I Was Ten
Utterly compelling; a true just-one-more-chapter thriller -- Clare Mackintosh on When I Was Ten
Creepy as hell and kept me guessing to the very end -- Ian Rankin on The Neighbour
Trust me – Cummins is a keeper -- Lee Child on The Collector -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: paperback.
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- ASIN : B09MQR5WDM
- Herausgeber : Macmillan (14. April 2022)
- Sprache : Englisch
- Dateigröße : 2334 KB
- Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus) : Aktiviert
- Screenreader : Unterstützt
- Verbesserter Schriftsatz : Aktiviert
- X-Ray : Nicht aktiviert
- Word Wise : Aktiviert
- Haftnotizen : Mit Kindle Scribe
- Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe : 331 Seiten
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 284,180 in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 in Kindle-Shop)
- Nr. 1,171 in Regionale Thriller
- Nr. 2,606 in Polizeiromane (englischsprachig)
- Nr. 4,596 in Belletristik - Kleinstadt & Landleben
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The opening chapters, though, are gripping, sucking you straight into the drama.
Julianne Hillier arrives at her best friend’s house early one morning to go for their regular run, only to find the place abandoned. Piper Holden, husband Gray, and their two children are all gone, and there’s a message scrawled in blood on teenager Riva’s bedroom mirror: Make. Them. Stop.
What follows, as the police investigation gets underway and we get glimpses into the characters of all the players, is mysterious and gripping. Cummins throws clues around like confetti, her foreshadowing prompting questions and niggling doubts about both families.
The pace is maintained by a punchy narrative that jumps back and forth between events leading up to the Holdens’ disappearance and the days after. It’s a thrilling read that reveals layer upon layer of deviousness, secrets and masterful manipulation.
But only up to a point.
And that point is reached about half way through, when the plot veers off on a crazy arc that pushes the reader beyond the boundaries of belief. I had enough respect for Cummins to follow this through, but I was also frustrated by the minor role played by the police investigation, and that the two characters who really piqued my interest — detective Paul Anguish and forensic linguist Blue — were not developed, and in the end seemed superfluous to the whole story.
Having rated Cummins’ last book, When I Was Ten, very highly, I expected so much more from this. Unfortunately, with its inherent implausibility and numerous hanging threads, it simply did not warrant comparison.
Thanks for reading my review. I hope you found it helpful. You can find more candid book reviews on my Amazon profile page.
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Right from the beginning, my spidey-senses were tingling all over the place. Something felt very off. I didn’t feel like I could trust whatever was coming out of these characters’ mouths. I definitely got the sense there was a lot more going on but I couldn’t quite see the big picture. The pieces of the puzzle were scattered everywhere, just begging for someone to put them together.
That someone comes in the form of DS Saul Anguish. Newly arrived in town, Saul is … well, honestly, the only word that pops up in my head when I think of him is “weird”. He’s definitely hiding a dark past and a very dark side. Mostly he just gave me the creeps. While his backstory and certain behavioural aspects sound immensely fascinating, I didn’t quite see the point of it all. Unless the intention is for him to be a central character in a future series. If not, all his anguish (see what I did there?) was just kind of thrown out there with nowhere to go. This is also true of a certain condition that a colleague is suffering from, which I felt added absolutely nothing to the story. But again, if these two characters are set for a series, then it all makes a bit more sense, I suppose.
Personally, I feel there is a moment where a story just becomes too twisty. I give Fiona Cummins bonus points for keeping it all straight in her head because that can’t have been an easy task. There is no doubt ‘Into The Dark‘ has a very clever plot and there are twists a-plenty but sometimes, enough is just enough. For me, things became a bit too over the top and slightly ridiculous. There was never a point where I felt like throwing in the towel, though. Not even because of the awfully unlikeable characters. No matter how far-fetched the answers might have been, I did want to see if the theory I came up with quite early on would pan out. In case you wondered, yes. But also way not.
If anything, ‘Into The Dark‘ is hugely addictive and it reads immensely fast so the pace is definitely spot-on. Not quite characters to root for, but definitely ones you hope will get their comeuppance. A tale of manipulation, of toxic relationships, of vengeance with the most delightful sting in its tail. In my most humble opinion, not as good as ‘When I Was Ten‘ but despite my nitpicking still entertaining and enjoyable.
Fiona Cummins throws us into an intriguing new mystery with the disappearance of the Holden family, and it’s DS Anguish who is called to the scene. But what on earth could have happened to this family, who appeared to have it all? How could they just suddenly vanish, leaving no trace behind? It appears from the outset to Saul, that there is more to what appears to have happened to this family, than what first meets the eye. And as the investigation begins, Fiona takes us back in time and builds up to the moment when the family disappeared, revealing something sinister about this seemingly tightknit family.
I love the foreboding atmosphere Fiona creates in her books and she does this well through her evocative descriptions, which always bring her settings to life. Her descriptions always give me goosebumps as I read them. She creates a real sense of mystery in Into the Dark, and I wanted to find out what was going on in the Holden’s lives before they vanished. The only clue left behind after their disappearance, is a strange message left on a mirror inside the house.
I liked the short chapters and I thought they drove the pace of the novel and kept me turning the pages. I liked as well, that although Saul is going to be the recurring character in this series that we got to hear from the voices of the Holden family. This added to the suspense as we get to see the inner workings of their minds in the lead up to the day they vanish.
I thought the ending to this book was so chilling, and it’s why it’s made me desperate to find out more about Saul, and what is going to come next for him. I also liked the way how Fiona wrapped up the mystery into the disappearance of the Holden family. There is an utterly chilling final note to this book and I thought it was delivered really well.
Into the Dark is another winner from Fiona Cummins. I really enjoyed reading it, and as is always the case whenever I finish one of her books, I can’t wait to see what she writes next.
I was grated by the main characters having americanised names. Maybe one or two, but most is a bit daft.