‘Darkside’ by Belinda Bauer

‘More Darkness In Exmoor’

Score: 4/5

I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s first book - Blacklands - when I read it last year. It was a No Alibis recommendation and I was in there again a while ago and made a point of seeking out her latest. (I also bought the recommended book Tall Oaks that day. I do like No Alibis and it even made the The Guardian today.)

This book is set in the same area - Exmoor - and there’s some overlap of characters from the first book. It’s still a standalone story, which I love - there’s no need to have read the first book to have read this, and it’s not really just one story spanning several ‘books’ to get more money from you (a personal bugbear).

I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the first one though. Blacklands was a remarkable story in a terrific setting. The setting here is still great but the psychological thriller aspects just didn’t feel as real to me this time. I don’t want to spoil anything for you so I’ll shut up about that. It’s still a good book and well worth your time.

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