#Blogtour Dark Sky Island by Lara Dearman @laradearman @TrapezeBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #CompulsiveReaders #DarkSkyIsland

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Dark Sky Island by Lara Dearman   Trapeze Books April 18th 2019 

In this thrilling sequel to The Devil’s Claw, DCI Michael Gilbert is called out to Sark – the world’s first dark sky island – after bones are found on Derrible Bay. He is followed by journalist Jennifer Dorey, driven by a secret in her own past. The remains are decades old, but after a body is discovered Jennifer and Michael fear there may be a killer on the island. Together they follow a dark trail of bad blood and a conspiracy of silence.

Everyone on the island is under suspicion. No one is what they seem. And the murderer could strike again at any time…

If you love Ann Cleeves, Peter May and Elly Griffiths, you’ll love the latest atmospheric thriller from Lara Dearman. Dark Sky Island will keep you guessing until the very last page.

My Review

Who would have thought the little island of Sark would be such a hotbed of mystery, murder and intrigue. Who could have imagined that this beautiful, peaceful and traffickless island would harbour murders and criminals and make you question if this was an island you would like to visit.

Sark was definitely the stand out character of Dark Sky Island. Dearman’s descriptions of its landscape, it’s rugged coastline and its traffic less tranquillity were wonderfully evocative. Yet you could feel the palpable tension that simmered below the surface and what you wanted more than anything was for it to bubble and erupt. I didn’t have to wait long as old bones and a murder threw the island into chaos, it’s residents under close scrutiny, old feuds resurrected.

Dearman threw a myriad of character at us, the seigneur, the billionaire, the local policeman, the old fishermen, the shopkeepers, in fact the entire population. She asked us who we would trust, who had something to hide and gave us local journalist Jenny and detective Michael to help us. What I liked what that each had their own perspective on the crimes, each wanting differing outcomes.

I loved Jenny, whose personal angle gave what could have been the harsh realities of murder a softer edge. You had to admire her dogged persistence and her, at times, foolhardy bravery which only made you like her that little bit more.

Michael, on the other hand, had a job to do, murders to solve. Dearman showed a man under pressure, a man whose belief in his fellow officers sorely tested.

I liked the relationship between Jenny and Michael, full of tension yet also mutual respect.

Dark Sky Island was no one dimensional murder, crime, thriller, it’s layers were indeed deep and complex. They beautifully showed the darker side of human nature, of greed, and self preservation to a degree you could at times not quite believe.

It showcased a community that bound itself together, that kept its secrets and pushed away those who tried to enter or challenge the status quo.

The multiple strands, the flip between past and present kept me guessing until slowly the light bulb went on as Dearman skilfully brought the strands together. The latter parts picked up at a furious pace, characters thrown together and against one another and you just knew not all would survive, or maintain their innocence until the last scintillating pages revealed all.

Dark Sky Island was the second book in the series and I loved the loose ends Dearman left dangling. She left me with an appetite for more and I cannot wait to see what she has in store for Jenny and Michael.

I would like to thank Trapeze for a copy of Dark Sky Island to read and review and to Tracy Fenton Of Compulsive Readers for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.

About the author

Lara was born and raised on the Channel Island of Guernsey. She moved to the UK to study International Relations and French at the University of Sussex, after which she endured a brief career in finance before giving it up to be a stay at home mum to her three children. A short course in Creative Writing at Richmond Adult Community College led to Lara studying for a Masters in Creative Writing at St Mary’s University, London. She graduated in 2016 with a distinction. Having moved from Guernsey to Brighton to London to Paris to Singapore and back to London over the last fifteen years, she has now settled in Westchester, New York, with her family. Her first novel, The Devil’s Claw, combines her love of Guernsey, myths and folklore with her obsession with crime fiction and serial killers. In the sequel, Dark Sky Island, murder and mystery arrive on the beautiful and isolated island of Sark.

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