Today it’s my turn to review The Dark Room by Sam Blake as part of the blog tour. Huge thanks to Anne Cater at Random Things Blog Tours for my blog tour invite and my review copy of the book.
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
Oh I really loved this book! It’s a wonderfully immersive mystery that kept me guessing throughout with lots of twists and turns along the way to keep the action fresh and the dialogue interesting. But for me the setting had a wonderful charm that drew me in as soon as I arrived at Hare’s Landing-I fell totally in love with the place!
Both Rachel and Caroline end up at Hare’s Landing at the same time but for every different reasons-Caroline is escaping from a scandal at work and wants peace and quiet to reflect on her life whilst Rachel is following a trail left by a mysterious man who may have something to do with her partners “accident”. Both women narrate the storyline as they come together to solve the mystery of what happens at Hare’s Landing 30 years previously. And I liked both of these characters as their strength of character and determination to discover the truth came together to form an unlikely partnership alongside the wonderful Jasper (possibly my very favourite character in The Dark Room-he’s expertly crafted which is quite a feat that you’ll understand more when you read it!).
Sam Blake had delivered a creepy and intriguing book with a twisty storyline set in a vividly described setting. Hare’s Landing sounded beautiful and The Boathouse…who do I call to book it?! I want to spend my days there away from social media and phone reception but only if I can take Jasper with me!
The Dark Room is a real page turner-I just couldn’t put it down and Sam Blake is definitely a writer I’m going to follow in the future. Highly recommended by me!
Sam Blake has been writing fiction since her husband set sail across the Atlantic for eight weeks and she had an idea for a book. Her debut novel ‘Little Bones’ (Bonnier 2016) was No 1 in Ireland for four weeks, remained in the top 10 for another four, and was nominated for Irish Crime Novel of the Year. It launched the bestselling Cat Connolly trilogy.
Moving away from police procedurals Sam is keeping a focus on strong female characters, writing psychological thrillers for Corvus Books. ‘Keep Your Eyes On Me’ went straight to No 1 in January 2020 and ‘The Dark Room’ is due in January 2021. Sam has recently signed for two more thrillers with Corvus Atlantic that will keep her busy until 2023.
Sam is originally from St. Albans in Hertfordshire but has lived at the foot of the Wicklow mountains for more years that she lived in the UK. She has two teenagers, three cats and lives in a 200-year-old cottage with an occasional poltergeist who moves things at the most inconvenient moments.
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