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?
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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)
Bauer has shifted the boundaries of what makes a truly gripping, terrifying thriller - Daily Mirror
Bauer takes astonishing risks but - like a brilliant ski-jumper - arcs down to the perfect landing - Independent
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 - Guardian
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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 - Bookseller
Outstandingly good - Literary Review
A barnstorming follow-up... Bold, mordant, compassionate, Darkside confirms Bauer's reputation as a significant new talent - Sunday Times
...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! - www.express.co.uk
Well-written, involving and chilling - Choice Magazine
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 - Shortlist
Belinda Bauer lives in Wales. She has worked as a journalist and screenwriter and her script The Locker Room earned her the Carl Foreman/ Bafta Award for Young British Screenwriters. Her first novel Blacklands won the CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel 2010.