Kate Marshall’s Detective agency takes off when she and her partner Tristan are hired to investigate a cold case from over a decade ago. Twelve years previously, a determined young journalist called Joanna Duncan exposed a political scandal that had major repercussions. In the fallout she disappeared without trace and was never found.
When Kate and her partner Tristan examine the case files, they find the trail long cold, but they discover the names of two young men who also vanished at that time. As she begins to connect their last days, Kate realizes that Joanna may have been onto something far more sinister than anyone first believed: the identity of a serial killer preying on the people who few will ever miss.
But the closer Kate comes to finding the killer, the darker things become…
Darkness Falls carries on the Kate Marshall series brilliantly, allowing us to revisit favourite characters including Kate herself, of course, and her partner (in her business, not personal life!) Tristan as well as new characters such as Bev, whose daughter Joanna disappeared. Kate and Tristan are paid by Bev and her husband Bill to try to find out what happened to Joanna, and give them some closure at least.
The story in Darkness Falls is as brilliantly plotted out as always, with lots of twists and surprises. There’s plenty of tension and atmosphere, keeping me completely absorbed in the story – this is the kind of crime novel I’ll always enjoy from first page to last. The characterisation is brilliant as ever, with convincing characters that you can imagine being real people.
Robert Bryndza is an author I know I can rely on to create engaging, entertaining reads and this series, along with his Erika Foster series, is a favourite of mine – I always eagerly anticipate a new release! I’d really recommend starting from the first book, but I still think anyone new to would enjoy this novel as a standalone too.
Many thanks to the publisher, Thomas & Mercer, for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest review.