The Dark Winter – David Mark

Published February 7, 2013 by bibliobeth

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Whats it all about?:

McAvoy lets his mind drift back to the chaos and bloodshed in the square. To that moment when the masked man appeared from the doorway of the church and looked into his eyes.

‘Is there anything distinctive, Sarge?’ asks Nielsen. ‘Yes’, he says, with the sudden sense that memory is important.

‘There were tears in his eyes.’

DS Aector McAvoy is a man with a troubled past. His unwavering belief in justice has made him an outsider in the police force he serves. When three seemingly unconnected people are brutally murdered in the weeks before Christmas, the police must work quickly to stop more deaths. It is only McAvoy who can see the connection between the victims. A killer is playing God – and McAvoy must find a way to stop the deadly game.

What did I think?:

This is a debut novel from British author David Mark, and featured on the Richard and Judy Spring book list. I am a fan of the thriller genre yet have conflicting opinions on this book and trying to put it into words is proving difficult. Okay – good points! The plot is thrilling, and I did find myself reading this book incredibly fast, unable to put it down as I wanted to see what was going to happen. The character of McAvoy however seems to be your bog standard police detective with a few emotional issues of their own. There was nothing really unique or interesting about him that made him stand out – although perhaps I have become disillusioned from reading too much crime fiction?! As this is going to be the first in a series, perhaps we shall see the murky depths of McAvoy yet….

I might read another book by this author as I enjoyed his writing style but he’ll have to promise me a juicier plot. This book gets three stars as I did enjoy it believe it or not, it just felt a bit too similar to everything else out there.

Would I recommend it?:

Not sure.

Star rating (out of 5):

3 Star Rating Clip Art

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