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As Darkness Falls is a 2008 book by Bronwyn Parry an Australian author who with this book is making her writing debut.
More details of this author can be found at www.bronwynparry.com
&&&& THE STORY &&&&
The story is set in the Australian outback and small villages where detective Isabelle O'Connell grew up and worked.
After a child is abducted and killed Isabelle takes time out from the force as she partly blames herself, virtually becoming a recluse aside from her trusted dog Fin.
However when DCI Alec Goddard from the city is sent down to investigate another child abduction he calls on her for help, a call she wants to forgo but can't. As the story develops you realise there is more than meets the eye to the murders and Isabelle is far more involved than she ever thought.
&&&& WHAT I THINK &&&&
Seeing as this was the authors first book I was not expecting to much - how wrong could I be.
From the minute I started reading this book I was involved and to be honest, had I not had other thing to do I could have read this from start to finish in one go!
In the prologue the author managed to capture my interest by launching straight into the abduction and it's investigation. By the end of the first chapter, which is set a year later, the reader is introduced to Alec Goddard and is taken through the journey that Isabelle made but not as to why she took time out from the force. This is touched on but it isn't until later in the book you get to feel more about what happened to Isabelle which involves a suspect being murdered.
I like the way the story develops at a fast pace and as the investigation continues you are given new suspects which are investigated and dismissed. This is made all the more intriguing as Isabelle knows most of them but it soon becomes apparent that one of them is the killer with a hidden agenda.
It is different from some of the other murder books I have read as generally there is always someone you think it might be them but in this story I had no idea, and I liked that.
Everything is described adequately from the characters down to the landscape and surrounding areas, this again I liked as I like to have a global feel of where the story is set and how the characters fit in.
There is a small romantic undertone to the story between Isabelle and Alec which is nice but does not overpower the murder mystery side.
This is a book I would highly recommend to the murder mystery fan and an author I willing be looking out for again as she apparently has more on the way if not out already by now.
&&&& PRICE AND AVALIBLITY &&&&
Mine was £1.99 in The Works but I had a 3 for £5 deal. It's RRP is £7.99. On Amazon used it can be found from 1p upwards or £7.19 new and it is available on Kindle for £4.99
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