First Line: ‘The prostitutes on the flyers stir as he enters the phone box, whispering like a naked jury.’
Blurb: Maria King knows a secret London. Born blind, she knows the city by sound and touch and smell. But surgery has restored her sight – only for her to find she doesn’t want it.
Jonathan Dark sees the shadowy side of the city. A DI with the Metropolitan Police, he is haunted by his failure to save a woman from the hands of a stalker. Now it seems the killer has set his sights on Maria, and is leaving her messages in the most gruesome of ways.
Tracing the source of these messages leads Maria and Jonathan to a London they never knew. Finding the truth will mean seeing a side to the city where life and death is a game played by the powerful, where everyone is lost but nothing is missing, and where all the answers are hiding, if only they listen to the whispers on the streets.
Maria King, born blind, is a mudlark who spends her days on the edge of the River Thames discovering its many secrets. But when she discovers a gruesome gift she realises she has a stalker – a killer who has now set her sights on her.
DI Jonathan Dark is not your stereotypical detective; heartbroken and haunted by his failings with a gift he doesn’t yet know and a deep secret which enables him to see the shadowy side of London. As their two worlds collide with more disturbing gifts arriving for Maria from her stalker , Jonathan must act quickly and push his failings to one side in order to save her from a twisted killer. But can he find her stalker before its too late?
There’s only one word I would like to say: Creepy!
I absolutely loved the creepy and dark world A.K.Benedict’s paints in this novel. All the characters who featured in this novel were all unique in some way and who never failed to surprise me. The story is told from the point of view of Maria, Jonathan, Frank (a creepy undertaker who helps ghosts) two ghosts and the stalker/killer which I loved – giving voice to both the living and the dead which is one of the major themes which runs throughout. The novel is set within the heart of London focusing on the nooks and crannies of the city which provided a very eerie atmosphere for the story.
I especially liked the writing style; the author really draws the reader in and I found myself empathising with many of the characters including Maria and Jonathan.
This book did a fantastic job of crossing genres drawing on both crime as well as the supernatural as a way to create an original plot packed full of pace and suspense. I loved this novel with the author’s beautiful descriptions and dark humour which really brought the story to life for me.
This is a very refreshing, original and engaging read which I would recommend to anyone who likes a supernatural twist.
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