Dark Lies by Nick Hollin Book Review @Bookouture @vonmaraus

Dark Lies: An unputdownable crime thriller with gripping mystery and suspense (Detective Rhodes and Radley crime series Book 1) by [Hollin, Nick]

Source: Netgalley


Don’t trust your friends. Don’t trust your family. Don’t trust yourself…

When a young mother is found dead in her home with a mysterious symbol drawn on her body, DI Katie Rhodes is shaken to her core; it’s a perfect match to the birthmark she once saw on her old partner, Nathan Radley.

Formerly one of the best criminal psychologists on the police force, Nathan was renowned for getting deep into the minds of the murderers he hunted. But for the past year he has lived in isolation, terrified of losing control over his own dark desires…

Katie swore she’d never knock on Nathan’s door again, but when another woman’s body is found, she knows she doesn’t have a choice.

As the body count rises and the calling cards get increasingly personal, Katie and Nathan realise that someone very close to them is playing a dangerous game. Who can they trust, and how many more innocent lives will be taken before they can crack this disturbing riddle?


Dark Lies was an enjoyable debut by Nick Hollin. It follows Detective Inspector Katie Rhodes and her former partner Nathan Radley, a criminal psychologist, as they investigate the death of a young woman which may be linked to a previous case they both worked on. This brings back haunting memories for them both, but they soon realise that the best chance they have of catching this killer, known as ‘The Cartoonist’ is by working together and facing their fears. There is plenty of intrigue in this book to keep readers engaged.

I’m always excited to start a new crime series. I have to admit that when I first started this book, I did have reservations about the main characters, it did take me a while to connect with them, but as the novel progressed, Katie and her former partner grew on me. Dark Lies is very much a character driven drama, rather than a straight forward police procedural and this was one of the reasons why I really liked it. I enjoyed getting to know Katie and Nathan as Nick slowly peeled back their layers and I found his writing really addictive, he did keep me engaged throughout the story and I wanted to find out who the killer was, and what connection the killer had to Katie and Nathan.

I am interested to see how Nick will develop Katie and Nathan’s characters, they are pair who work well together and their personal relationship will be interesting to see explored further. Katie’s relationship with her father was also intriguing; her father is a retired police officer and a very much respected one amongst Katie’s colleagues, and this is something that Katie is often pulled up on as she fights to make her own mark. But there is something in their past that has built up a barrier between them, and this is something that I hope we’ll find out more about.

Overall this was a good start to a new series and I’m looking forward to seeing where Nick will take Katie and Nathan next. Thank you to Bookouture and Netgalley for providing me with a copy to read.

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 26th March 2018

Print length: 275 pages