Gifted criminal profiler Nathan Radley has a unique way of thinking that allows him to empathize with the twisted killers he helps capture.
But Nathan a dark secret. He has more in common with the criminals he hunts than anyone could dare to imagine. He lives in constant fear of losing control of his own dark desires…
When the headless body of a policeman is dragged from the Thames – an exact enactment of one of his oldest and darkest fantasies, only ever confessed in the pages of his teenage diary – Nathan finds himself the main suspect in the most twisted case of his career.
Someone has his diary and is leaking pages to frame him for the disturbing murders he has spent his whole career trying not to commit.
As more bodies surface and more extracts are released, Nathan has no choice but to go in search of the killer to clear his name. He knows it’s someone dangerous, he knows it’s someone he trusted, but how many precious lives will be lost before he can work out who?
Detectives Katie Rhodes and Nathan Radley are back in the second book in Nick Hollin’s crime series The Goodnight Song. If you are drawn to this book, I would recommend reading the first book in the series as the second follows on from the events in Dark Lies. I did have to remind myself of what had happened when I started reading this book, so I think you will get much more enjoyment out of the plot and the characters if you start the series at the beginning.
In the second book in the series we get to understand the workings of Nathan’s mind a lot more and what he has been through. He is an intriguing, but troubled character and we can see in this book the effects that his unusual mind has had on him and his family.
When I read the first book, I did struggle to like Nathan and Katie at first, but I really connected with them in this book. Nathan seems to go through a really tough time, and as I was reading, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for him. He and Katie are two well drawn characters, and they make Nick’s writing really addictive as I just wanted things to start going right for them and for them to have a proper chance at having a relationship. I would say his books are definitely more character driven.
This time around, pages of Nathan’s journal, written when he was a teenager, are being published by an anonymous blogger across the internet. The blogger is fascinated by Nathan and how his mind works. The journals reveal disturbing images from inside Nathan’s head, and this doesn’t help when he quickly becomes a suspect in the murder of a police officer, and he is painted in a bad light by the media who are convinced that he is the person who the police are after. Finding out the identity of the blogger was a really gripping part of the mystery as I wanted to know if they had any connection at all to the crimes that were taking place and why they were so interested in Nathan.
Both The Goodnight Song and Dark Lies make for two gripping reads, and the characters are really fascinating. I loved finding out more about Nathan and Katie. I became totally absorbed by the plot and the characters, and I couldn’t wait to see how the story would unfold. Thank you to Noelle Holton at Bookouture for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and for providing me with a copy of the book to review via Netgalley.
Publication date: 17th September 2018
Print length: 283 pages
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