I was delighted to receive an ARC of Sibel Hodge’s latest novel, “Into the Darkness” via Netgalley. Sibel Hodge is one of my favourite authors as she never shies away from darkness and controversy. It gives me great pleasure to share my review of the book today which is also Publication Day! Happy PD Sibel!
Before I share my thoughts here’s what the official blurb says:
In a hidden basement, eighteen-year-old Toni is held captive and no one can hear her screams. She’s been abducted after investigating unspeakable things in the darkest corners of the Internet.
Fearing the worst, Toni’s mother turns to ex-SAS operative Mitchell to help find her missing daughter. And when Mitchell discovers Toni’s fate rests in the hands of pure evil, he races against the clock to find Toni and bring her out alive. But even that might not be enough to save her.
DS Warren Carter is looking forward to a new job and a simpler life. But when he’s called in to investigate the brutal murder of a seemingly normal couple, he becomes entangled in lives that are anything but simple. And as he digs deeper, he uncovers a crime more twisted than he could ever have imagined.
Into the Darkness is the chilling new thriller from the bestselling author of Duplicity and Beneath the Surface.
Toni has gone missing and her mother Corrine is distraught. At the end of her wits she contacts Mitchell, ex SAS operative, to help her find her daughter. Meanwhile, in an unseemingly unconnected case DS Warren Carter is investigating the shootings of an elderly couple in a sleepy hamlet village, how can the two cases be connected and will the dots be joined in time to save Toni from the fate that awaits her?
This book, like all Sibel’s books, will evoke so many feelings, I felt anger, rage, disgust, empathy, sorrow and fear. Narrated from three points of view, Toni, Carter and Mitchell, this book punched me right in the guts and then some. Despite three points of view the narrative is straight forward and easy to follow. Each chapter lets you know whose voice you are hearing. Sharp and shocking chapters will propel you swiftly through the book in a race to reach the conclusion and discover the truth. Watching the plots knit together so seamlessly reminded me of just how talented an author Sibel Hodge is.
We did meet Mitchell and Maya in Untouchable but this is a completely different storyline and you do not have to have read this one before reading Into The Darkness (however, I can highly recommend that you do read Untouchable and you can read my review for this here)
Sibel Hodge never shies away from hard hitting and topical storylines, she’s not afraid to raise her head above the parapet and that’s what I love about her writing. Into the Darkness takes no prisoners in this terrifying journey into the world of the dark web and corruption. If you have ever thought of having a wee nose around under the surface then read this book and see if you are still up for that trip! Me, I’m terrified now! It is horrifying to read what goes on in the mind and the lives of those who get caught up in this world and provokes rage beyond belief at those who operate in worlds such as this. Once again Sibel Hodge had me spitting feathers by the end of this book!
If you are looking for a little bit of cosy crime then maybe this book isn’t for you (but, hey, why not jump out of your comfort zone!) but if you are looking for a thought provoking read that will stay with you for a while then look no further!
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