The sensational, critically acclaimed thriller by the author of Blacklands: the 2010 Crime Novel of the Year
It is freezing mid-winter on Exmoor, and in a close-knit community where no stranger goes unnoticed, a local woman has been found murdered in her bed. This is local policeman Jonas Holly's first murder investigation. But he is distracted by anonymous letters, accusing him of failing to do his job.
Taunted by the killer and sidelined by his abrasive senior detective, Jonas has no choice but to strike out alone on a terrifying hunt . . . but who is hunting who?
“She's a thriller queen... hailed as the woman most likely to lead the fightback against the Scandinavian crime-wave... It's an extraordinary piece of writing... one of the most gripping whodunnits you'll read in 2011”
Sunday Times (Culture)
“Belinda Bauer is the most disturbing new talent around”
“Bauer takes astonishing risks but - like a brilliant ski-jumper - arcs down to the perfect landing”
“Second novel syndrome... is not something that affects Belinda Bauer... I would press this one on anyone who loves Kate Atkinson, Bauer really is that good”
Alice O’Keeffe, Bookseller
“A barnstorming follow-up... Bold, mordant, compassionate, Darkside confirms Bauer's reputation as a significant new talent”
“She can do tragic brilliantly and she can do grim, but every now and then humour breaks into the tale - and she does that almost best of all”
“Tense and imaginative”
“Well-written, involving and chilling”
“...flouts the conventions of the crime genre with aplomb... the psychological motivation behind Bauer's fictional crimes is impressively original and convincing. Read it and you'll see what I mean!”
SOPHIE HANNAH (writing for www.express.co.uk)
“Tense triumph... Bauer defies all expectations and does it again with a book that piles on the tension while remaining credible. It says something about the author that this novel can sit happily next to some of the more hard-boiled heavyweights”