Robert Bryndza

Darkness Falls

"Bryndza carefully weaves these lives together to create an effortless tapestry..."


Kate Marshall's detective agency takes off when she and her partner Tristan are hired to investigate a cold case from over a decade ago. Twelve years previously, a determined young journalist called Joanna Duncan exposed a political scandal that had major repercussions. In the fallout she disappeared without trace and was never found.

When Kate and Tristan examine the case files, they find the trail long cold, but they discover the names of two young men who also vanished at that time. As she begins to connect their last days, Kate realises that Joanna may have been onto something far more sinister than anyone first believed: the identity of a serial killer preying on the people who few will ever miss. But the closer Kate comes to finding the killer, the darker things become.

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When you read so much crime fiction, it's often difficult to remember where you were in a series when you pick up the next book. Occasionally, regular characters tend to merge together, and it's sometimes a while before you get back into their lives and difficulties when you pick up the latest novel. With the Kate Marshall series, I don't have that problem. 'Darkness Falls' may only be the third novel, but Kate and Tristan are so well drawn – you soon get back to how things were the last time you met. Bryndza is a wonderfully talented writer. The way he creates genuine, real people to draw you into their lives and care for them within the space of a few paragraphs puts him in the same category as Lynda La Plante. Kate Marshall is so richly described, it feels like I've been reading about her for decades. It takes a special kind of writer with immense power to do that and Bryndza is one of them. 'Darkness Falls' is a fast-paced thriller with a multi-layered, intelligent plot. We see the clash of people meeting from various points of the social spectrum and the dangerous world of powerful businessmen when confronted with their dark deeds and the immediate and long-lasting fallout. Bryndza carefully weaves these lives together to create an effortless tapestry and the plot or writing never jars. It's smoothly delivered, and you'll be tearing through the pages to get to the devastating, thrilling finale.

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