Title: From The Dark by K.A. Richardson
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Date Published: 21st November 2018
Genre: Police Procedural
Antonia Baillie is a true Romani gypsy – she has the gift of foresight and uses this to help people.
When the ghosts of the past come calling, can she put her own fears aside and work with the police to help find who is torturing and killing young men?
Detective Sergeant Mark McKay has never had a need to solve a case using a psychic. He doesn’t believe in it – pure and simple.
But when Antonia tells him the name of a young man and gives him details specific to the case, he can’t help but change his view when a body matching what she says, is found in the vaults deep under the city.
Mark and Antonia race against a spree of monstrous crimes, long-standing grudges and the perils of the darkness in the vaults under Edinburgh to try and find a sadistic killer before time runs out.
Can they stop him before he strikes again?
Will they discover who is responsible?
And can they do it without becoming victims themselves?
THIS BOOK CONTAINS SCENES OF A SEXUAL NATURE, VIOLENCE AND TORTURE.
Sorry to everyone reading this for start my review with shouty capital letters, it just I saw a one star review on Amazon of a book I read not that long ago that irked me. The reviewer was complaining that it was too gruesome and generally yuck which is fair enough that’s her opinion but if she read any of the reviews most people had pointed out it was a little on the violent side, so I thought if my review had a big warning sign that in future that reviewer might see it and stop from giving a book an unnecessarily negative review. (Rant over now I promise).
This is the fifth in the Forensic files series but it can easily be read as a stand-alone (you can read my review of the previous book Under The Woods here).
Antonia (Toni) Baille receives a vision of the death of a young man called Aaron, she feels the need to report it to the police. As fate would have it the officer sent to take her statement is DS Mark McKay, an old friend and crush from high school.
Mark is sceptical of her vision but soon changes his mind after a body turns up in tunnels that run underneath the city of Edinburgh.
Can Mark and Toni stop this sadistic killer before they strike again?
I’m always on the look out for something a bit different when it comes to police procedurals and From The Dark certainly is that, combining forensic facts with the otherworldliness of premonitions and visions. Of course as it’s one of K.A Richardson’s novel there’s also a bit of romance coupled with a good dollop of violence too!
Toni is definitely an unusual character. A Romani gypsy who ran away from the community when she was sixteen, now she works at the Writer’s museum in Edinburgh (which now I know is a real place, I want to go!) while trying to handle her visions.
Mark on the other hand follow his father and siblings into the police force. He’s tortured by a case that got thrown out of court on a technicality and is determined to see justice through. He also has a twin sister called Alice who I absolutely loved.
Now I have to be honest if you’re a little sceptical of psychic phenomena, auras and such things this may not be the book for you as a lot of the storyline is based around it. Also the killer is revealed a little early for my liking but of course that’s just my opinion.
From The Dark combines spiritualism, romance and the brutality of murder to create a compelling mystery.
About The Author:
KA Richardson is a crime writer based in North East England. She has worked for the police for around 8 years, both as a CSI (crime scene investigator) and also in alternate roles involving dealing with people in heightened states of emotion. She spends a lot of time in coffee shops, both writing and people watching. She began focussing on writing as a career in 2011 when she competed her MA Creative Writing, and focuses primarily on the crime/police procedural genre.
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