May we take a moment to stand up for Sharon Bolton here. Her exciting, ingeniously written thrillers really deserve to receive more attention from us. In the darkness for example, starts quite excitingly with a pram being dumped into the Thames and another baby floating helplessly on a toy animal on the same river.
Fortunately, Lacey Flint, member of the water police and the main character in previous Bolton books, and a colleague arrive just in time to prevent the worst. Who the hell would do something like that? Inspector Joesbury has his own theory about that. After all, messages are circulating on the dark web from a misogynistic movement that calls itself the ‘incels’. The attack on the babies appears to be just the start of a misogynistic campaign that seems to be spiraling completely out of control. Especially when Lacey Flint herself comes into focus.
Lacey and Joesbury are great characters with their complex personalities and delicate pasts. Maybe the plot is a bit far-fetched, but we wouldn’t really be surprised if these types of creeps actually exist. Good thriller!
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