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In The Dark

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Any "Author Information" displayed below reflects the author's biography at the time this particular book was published. There were a couple of points where I got characters mixed up with each other, but this didn't happen all that often.

Except the Lewisham of this book is not quite the Lewisham I know, Here it’s home to nothing but gangs of drug dealers and juvenile thugs, where violence is only ever seconds away from hitting the streets.Too many plot lines were set up to be resolved by the end of the 2nd episode without leaving the audience feeling cheated and a bit confused.

When your stuff is being adapted and you get David Morrissey or MyAnna Buring you relax, because whatever they create will be great and it will have a wider audience than your books. The car turns around and coming alongside, the occupants shoot at her, causing her to swerve off the road and kill a man standing at a bus stop. However I was surprised to be drawn into the story very quickly and as a Mum, found it a refreshing approach to this type of story to have a pregnant woman as the main character, for me it was unusual but worked. Billingham produces an astonishing final twist to complete his most ambitious and most accomplished book. It's very easy to piece the crime together based on what information you get, which is pretty hilarious when you realize the lengths Twattingham's gone to by withholding information and goals all throughout the book.

BookBrowse seeks out and recommends the best in contemporary fiction and nonfiction—books that not only engage and entertain but also deepen our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. I knew this because the marketing for the book had been heavily focusing on conveying to would be readers about this final twist. Based on Twattingham's career in stand-up comedy, I'm starting to think, nay, hope that this book is just one loooong elaborate joke.

We’ve seen female badasses on the small screen plenty of times in the past – particularly in crime dramas – but there’s something about the unique and realistic portrayal of a flawed but resilient and iron-willed woman here that really stands out. The concept of an 8months pregnant cop on maternity leave, sounds bizarre, but her drive is equal to Tom Thorne's and her quest to find the truth behind the killing of the father of her unborn child is relentless.This relationship thread doesn't get closure due to its lack of history/context since the author seems to have decided not to dwell on those details and just stick to the crime. Two girls have been abducted, and the man arrested is married to Helen's childhood best friend, Linda.

Sometimes such a move can look contrived or desperate – but done right, it can be a shockingly effective plot development that leaves an audience stunned (think Ned Stark in series one of Game of Thrones or Jimmy Darmody in series two of Boardwalk Empire). This was at a point where I simply had to know what happened and I ended up turning down a good night's sleep as I felt compelled to see how things ended.Going into this book, I knew that there was a mind boggling twist at the end that was supposedly dificult to anticipate. Emma Fryer as Linda Bates, the wife of Stephen Bates who is the main suspect in the abduction of two young girls.

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