Friday 26 April 2019

BLOG TOUR ~ Dark Sky Island by Lara Dearman

Hi Everyone,

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for Dark Sky Island by Lara Dearman where I've a review of her latest novel. I was thrilled to be asked by Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers who organised this tour in conjunction with Trapeze and Orion Publishing Group to take part along with some other fab book bloggers. You can find out who else is taking part in this fabulous Blog Tour at the end of the review so without further ado, here it is:

Sark is a tiny island that lies isolated in the dark waters of the Channel Islands. No cars are allowed. No streetlamps light its paths. It is the world’s only Dark Sky Island. This breathtaking patch of land seems the picture of tranquility―but at its heart lies a web of murder, deceit, and hidden danger. 

When bones are discovered on Derrible Bay and an elderly resident is violently murdered, DCI Michael Gilbert from the nearby island of Guernsey is called in to tackle the case. With his department under fire, he needs to find the killer―and fast. Joining him is newspaper reporter Jennifer Dorey, whose father died in a mysterious drowning off the island. As Michael struggles to crack the case and Jennifer launches her own investigation, the island’s residents are left reeling and soon, their dark secrets begin to unravel threatening everything. 

On an island steeped in superstition, where tales of hauntings and devil craft abound, Michael and Jenny race to discover the truth in Dark Sky Island, the second tantalizing installment of Lara Dearman’s Jennifer Dorey mysteries.

I really enjoyed this book, full of mystery and suspense with a real dark atmospheric setting where I could feel the winds howling at times in my mind. This story also raised my heartbeat on more than one occasion. Set in Sark which is off the coast of Guernsey and with only a population of 450, which is somewhere I wouldn't mind living with such a small population. We also follow Jennifer's search for the truth into her father's accidental death with circumstances that she doesn't believe are true, are these deaths connected and will she find out the truth?? 

Dark Sky Island is Lara Dearman’s follow-up to the first Jennifer Dorey mystery, The Devils Claw. I didn't realise that this was the second book in the series but can be read without reading the first one, although there were a few references to the first book so I will definitely go back and read the first in the series and I'm hoping that this isn't the last we hear from Jennifer and Michael.

Dark Sky Island is definitely going to find fans in readers of Susie Steiner and Sharon Bolton. If you've watched certain TV series like The Bay, Unforgotten and Broadchurch you will certainly love this series too.

Dark Sky Island is available in all good book shops, libraries, audio and on Kindle where it is currently £3.99 at the time off publication of this review and The Devil's Claw is £1.99 if you wanted to make a start on the series. 


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