Tuesday 19 July 2022

BLOG TOUR: Dark Objects - Simon Toyne

An Impossible Crime Scene
A wealthy woman is found brutally murdered in the locked fortress of her London mansion. Surrounding her are four mysterious objects, including a book on forensics by Dr Laughton Rees.

An Inescapable Past
As a teenager, Laughton’s life was destroyed after witnessing her mother’s brutal murder. Now a mother herself and forensic analyst, she is an expert on how to read crime scenes – but never works live cases.

An Uncatchable Killer
Pressured by the lead detective to help with the investigation, Laughton begins to realise that the objects left by the body are not just about the victim, they’re also about her. Her childhood was destroyed by one killer. Now she must catch another before her daughter’s is destroyed too.

What did I think?

Yowzers what a book!  Dark Objects is fantastic!  I've had Simon Toyne on my radar for quite some time but this is the first book of his that I have read and I couldn't put it down.  I absolutely loved it and it's one of the best books I've read this year.

The murder of Kate Miller in a wealthy part of London shocks her neighbours and sends their WhatsApp group into a frenzy, especially when they discover that Kate's husband is missing and becomes the prime suspect.  The police have no leads as the crime scene is forensically clean, thanks to a book left at the scene that was written by Laughton Rees, the police commissioner's daughter.  Someone wants to drag Laughton back into the spotlight and into danger.

There's so much going on in this book that it's gripping from start to finish.  Aside from the murder and the tantalizing link to Laughton, there's her broken relationship with her father and her fractured relationship with her daughter.  The murder is very intriguing as it seems to be impossible to solve and I loved how it draws Laughton into working with the overworked and underfed DCI Tannahill Khan.

Flawlessly written and intricately plotted, Dark Objects is as impossible to predict as it is to put down.  If I could only recommend one book this year, Dark Objects would be a very strong contender.  Very highly recommended and a well deserved five stars.

I received an ARC to read and review for the blog tour; this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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