Dark Lies: An unputdownable crime thriller with gripping mystery and suspense

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Don’t trust your friends. Don’t trust your family. Don’t trust yourself…

When a young mother is found dead in her home with a mysterious symbol drawn on her body, DI Katie Rhodes is shaken to her core; it’s a perfect match to the birthmark she once saw on her old partner, Nathan Radley.

Formerly one of the best criminal psychologists on the police force, Nathan was renowned for getting deep into the minds of the murderers he hunted. But for the past year he has lived in isolation, terrified of losing control over his own dark desires…

Katie swore she’d never knock on Nathan’s door again, but when another woman’s body is found, she knows she doesn’t have a choice.

As the body count rises and the calling cards get increasingly personal, Katie and Nathan realise that someone very close to them is playing a dangerous game. Who can they trust, and how many more innocent lives will be taken before they can crack this disturbing riddle?

An absolutely nail-biting serial killer thriller. Fans of The Girl in the Ice, or anything by Angela Marsons or Rachel Abbott will not want to miss this page-turning debut!


What readers are saying about Dark Lies:


Wow - what an explosive start to a new crime series!  This was a real edge of your seat page turner that had me gripped from the start… Lots of twists and turns and an ending that wasn't guessed until the final few chapters.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘A terrifying thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Trust no one!’ Goodreads reviewer

‘Within the first few chapters I knew this would be a page turner… I kept needing to turn pages because the build-up was incredible and I needed to know what happened to him!... Definitely won’t be able to guess the ending!’ Goodreads reviewer  

‘An exciting read with plenty of twists and action… a pulse pounding read… it is so compulsive I just took it all in and kept reading to see what would come next.’ Goodreads reviewer

‘The next big name in crime fiction... a breath-taking, thrilling ride…I could not put this book down - it was a satisfying, brilliant read that left me wanting for more from this fabulous author.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Ratings and reviews

4 reviews
Linda Strong
April 18, 2018
4.5 Stars This book was previously titled In The Blood. A serial killer is loose in London. Dubbed The Cartoonist, he targets young mothers, leaving their bodies on display. DI Katie Rhodes is called on to investigate and what she finds with the first body is enough to send her reeling. It's very reminiscent of an unsolved murder from a year ago. Nathan Radley was her partner at the time ... one of the best criminal psychiatrists on the police force. For the last year, Radley has lived in isolation ...away from Katie, away from his family, away from everyone. The last case nearly did him in .... he is terrified that he has become or will become the same kind of monster that he's hunted for years. It runs in the family, you know. As more murders are committed, each one is worse than the last .... and they are getting more personal to Rhodes and Radley. It's almost as though every case they ever worked on is being copied ... and this killer knows an awful lot of personal data on them. Are these murders sending a message? Is he playing game? Is this revenge for something in the past? Or is it even more personal than anyone knows? This is a unique crime fiction, with characters that won't fade from the reader's mind anytime soon. As the investigators keep processing clues going farther back in their histories, the suspense gets more intense. There are twists and turns that lead to an unexpected ending. Many thanks to the author / Bookouture / Netgalley for the digital copy of this Psychological Crime Thriller. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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Julie Benson
May 29, 2019
One of the most confusing books I've ever read. Half way through I still had no idea what was going on - and that the backstory isn't really revealed doesn't help. There is a sort of conclusion at the end, but it all seems rather far fetched with too many loose strands not really weaving together properly. I read to the end, which is always something, but really felt that the plotting left a lot to be desired.
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Pete Richardson
June 2, 2018
Not usually my cup of tea, it starts quite slowly but soon worked its way into me. Rather enjoyable and recommended!
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