Book Review: Dark Game By Rachel Lynch

by - May 08, 2018

Kelly’s gut turned over as she realised the danger she was in. She heard no sirens. She knew that she was simply collateral. To these men who made a lot of money from the suffering of others, they’d have no problem snuffing her out.

After a scandal forces D. I. Kelly Porter out of the Met, she returns to her home turf in the Lake District. Crimes in the Cumbrian constabulary tend to be of the minor sort, but Kelly begins work on a cold case that shocked the local community – the abduction and brutal murder of ten-year-old Lottie Davies.

Meanwhile, Kelly is also investigating two seemingly straightforward crimes: a case involving an illegal immigrant, and a robbery following the death of local businessman Colin Day. But evidence comes to light that reveals a web of criminal activity beyond anything Kelly imagined. Behind the veneer of sleepy, touristy towns lies a dark and dangerous underworld. As Kelly threatens to expose those with much to lose, she risks paying the ultimate price to get to the truth…


*Thank you Netgalley and Canelo for a copy of this book* 

Detective Inspector Kelly Porter is returning home to Cumbria from previously living in London. She believed that moving to a quieter location would allow her to take a step back from all the constant crimes she had been currently dealing with... However, Kelly was about to face her biggest challenge yet. 

Kelly is given three different cases and soon she realises that they all connect - meaning Kelly needs a bigger team than she already has... Her job is about to get incredibly hard. First we have a crime involving the death of a 10-year-old-girl which is re-opened five years later, secondly we have a mother who has abandoned her child and lastly, we have an elderly man who died a death many men would dream of. So, how on earth do all of these become one? 

This is, to tell the truth, an extremely dark thriller which involves a lot of sexual nature, violence and bad language. I would definitely advise being careful reading this, if any of the three are sensitive to you - however, with how the chapters play out, you can tell that Rachel has had help by experts to fully justify everything that goes on in this book and she has definitely researched the heck out of it.

In order to complete this book with no confusions, you will need to give it your full attention, as there are A LOT of important characters involved in the storyline and if you lose focus at any moment, you're going to completely throw yourself off track. However, each character was balanced out and well-developed in the story perfectly, in which you won't get so confused that you have to put the book down. 

This story will have you gripped from start to finish - you'll find yourself so consumed in the 10-year-olds case and the sex trafficking going on with illegal immigrants - it's like you're standing by Kelly the whole way through. It's a gritty and hard hitting novel that you need to strong-boned to get through, but with all your willpower, it is completely worth it. To see Kelly be such a strong, empowered detective throughout who can only get better from now on - it was great to see how not once was Kelly looked down on and she took full control in every single case. The only person to look down on Kelly is her sister, Nikki, who continuously judges Kelly for putting her work before their mother... And I personally think that being as Nikki has never left Cumbria, got married and had children - it's a sign of jealousy. 

Kelly is a detective that I will look up to and hold softly in my heart for as long as these series' go on, and hopefully long after that too. I can't wait to follow Kelly on her next journey in 'Deep Fear', which I can excitedly say I'll be doing the blog tour for. Highly recommended book and I'll see you next time for book 2!

Purchase 'Dark Game' for 99p here.

Shelby xxx


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