Reviewed for Great Minds Think Aloud
The Dark Winter by David Mark
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What do an elderly man who survived a trawler accident in 1968, an adolescent girl adopted from war-torn Sierra Leone, and an alcoholic former arsonist have in common? The police don’t know-yet; but someone has decided that since these individuals didn’t die when they should have, they will die now-each in the way that they had each earlier survived. So the old man dies of exposure off Iceland; the young girl is murdered in church, in front of the congregation, priests, and acolytes, by machete; the arsonist who murdered his family dies in a house fire, in a temporarily empty residence on the Hull council estate.
In this character-driven suspenseful mystery, it devolves to Detective Inspector Aector McEvoy, a man widely disliked for pulling down the reign of a crooked CID officer who had ruled Hull for years, to determine what the connection between these murder victims is, and why. He must turn his brain inside out to decipher the identity of the murderer, and put an end to these slayings.
“The Dark Winter” is quite a page-turner, keeping the reader’s focus throughout.
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