On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the gripping new novel in the Kate Marshall series by Robert Bryndza, Darkness Falls.
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 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 . . .
I’m a huge fan of Robert Bryndza’s writing and I couldn’t wait to start reading Darkness Falls, the latest book in his Kate Marshall series. Kate is a character with a really intriguing backstory. A former police officer, she has now set up a private detective agency with her business partner Tristan, and in Darkness Falls, they are working on their first major case. And Kate knows how important this first case will be to them, if their business is to succeed.
Robert Bryndza’s books are always really gripping. The dialogue in Robert Bryndza’s writing is always engaging and it pulls you into the story. After the previous cases Kate has worked on have hit the headlines, she is contacted by a woman whose daughter, Joanna more than a decade ago. The case has never been solved and Joanna’s body has never been found. Kate and Tristan are determined to find out what happened to her daughter and bring closure to her family. But as they begin to investigate, the case becomes far more complex than they thought it would. And soon they begin to realise that Joanna’s disappearance might be connected to a series of other murders.
There is a lot of tension in this book which I loved and it’s what makes it an unputdownable read. This is the type of book that you can read in a couple of hours. The case begins to get even more intriguing and it felt as though Kate and Tristan were putting themselves very close to danger. The final revelations floored me as Robert Bryndza revealed the truth. I hadn’t been expecting that revelation at all.
I really like the friendship that Kate and Tristan have. It feels like there is more between them then just simply a business relationship, they feel like they both come from the same family, and this is what really makes them such engaging characters.
The Kate Marshall series is one of my favourites in the crime fiction genre. I can’t wait to see where Robert Bryndza takes this series next.
Publication date: 7th December 2021
Print length: 305 pages
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