DEGREES OF DARKNESS BLOG TOUR
TITLE: DEGREES OF DARKNESS
AUTHOR:TONY J FORDER
PUBLISHER: BLOODHOUND BOOKS
Morning 🙋🏻🌅☕️ Welcome to my stop on the #DegreesOfDarkness blog tour. I’m excited to share my review with you so a big Thankyou to Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound books for both the arc copy and for the opportunity to take part 🙂🙂
THE BOOK BLURB..
Pre-teen girls are being abducted from their homes and their families murdered. When Frank Rogers, once a DI with the Met and now running his own debt collection agency, is told that his own daughter is missing, his son murdered, he naturally wants to become involved with the case.
Soon Frank’s face is all over the news. In an unexpected turn of events, the killer contacts the police and says he is willing to talk, but only to Frank.
When the body of the first abducted girl is discovered, Frank realises it is a race against time to save his daughter.
In order to solve the case, Frank must work out how the killer is picking his victims.
But how do you catch a murderer who is hiding in plain sight? And can Frank solve the mystery, when he has so much to lose?
This book is THE perfect example of being thrown headlong into a story from the first sentence. I dare you to read the first page or two and be able to put this book down, because for me that would have proved impossible. The opening pages will chill you to the bone and perfectly set the tone for this intense, dark thriller.
Fast paced and extrenely well written Degrees of darkness is violent and disturbing in so many ways.It quickly grabbed my attention because it goes so very much deeper. Frank is a very down to earth and likeable character, how he kept his head and was able to focus on the investigation and locating his daughter when he had just lost his ex wife and young son in such brutal and horrifying circumstances was beyond me and all the while knowing what this dangerous psychopath was capable of. As the buzz line suggests- Norhing is ever black and white. We should see the killer as bad, but nothing is ever that simple.This book explores the nature / nurture dichotomy.Yes Our serial killer is depraved, a sick human capable of inflicting the most horrific pain and torture on innocent people and one who enjoys the suffering he causes. But why? Why does he behave his way?
As Frank races against time and gets deep inside the most terrifying reaches of the killers mind we find out that he himself is a victim,he is almost recreating what he endured as a child.It was harrowing, and although does’nt excuse his heinous crimes it certainly went along way to explaining his behaviour. It leaves you with no doubt just how much psychological damage one human can inflict on a young child and the implications of this. As a graduate of Psychology and criminology I particularly enjoyed this aspect of the book and felt it added so much depth to an already intelligent and thought provoking thriller.
One of the best books I have had the pleasure of reading. I experienced a plethora of emotions horror, empathy the lot. There were elements of humour and a back drop of normality and everyday life that made it feel all the more real and frightening. This happens!!
I loved the way the chapters rotated between, Frank, the killer and Laura (Franks kidnapped 12 year old daughter). It kept the plot moving at a adrenaline fuelled pace and introduced lots of cliff hangers as we moved onto the next characters perspective. This rotating POV also enabled us to get up close and personal with all the main characters, insights that helped us to understand their motivations, fears and emotions.
I strongly urge you to grab a copy of this book, especially if like me you enjoy pacy, thrillers with an intelligent MO. It didn’t just shock it urged you to ask questions and to understand the killer despite being shown on graphic detail the depravity of his crimes. The fact that it was families and young pre- teen girls made the subject a particularly sensitive one as we were dealing with children and should have left you simply disgusted and feeling intense hatred toward the perpetrator and yet I finished the book with a strong empathy and a feeling of being able to some extent to understand where it all went wrong for the killer. In many ways the killer was a victim himself, and our eyes are opened to the damage that abusive parenting can do and the implications for others generations later. A damaged mind can be a dangerous mind. Quite heartbreaking
Highly recommended and a full on five star read 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟