Published 3rd September 2015 by Faber and Faber
Today is my leg of The Dark Inside Blog Tour.
The Dark Inside is a thriller by Rod Reynolds, set in 1940s America. I am delighted to present my review.
Sometimes there is a great deal of buzz about a book, generated by the readers. This is one of those times. This book is that AMAZING. It is more than amazing. I would like to add my voice, to all of those singing its praises!
The Dark Inside takes us back to 1946, post War America. Charlie Yates, a New York newspaper journalist finds himself in Texarkana investigating the brutal deaths of young couples. Charlie soon annoys everyone in town, with his determination to seek out the truth. He is the only one who wants to put the pieces of the puzzle together and capture a killer.
Proper historical noir. I don’t know how he did it. Rod Reynolds captures the feeling of a by-gone era, with such remarkable authenticity. Reynolds convincingly creates a world of post World War Two America, complete with the jargon and smell and taste of noir. I loved it. It was beautiful to read. I could imagine it all in black and white, playing out in my mind.
The story takes us on the journey of Charlie, our newsman. He is frankly a bit of a mess, with a job and personal life in tatters. The new man in town, who is out of place and upsetting the status quo. The shocking murders force him to take control. They give him character. We see him determined to seek the truth, no matter the personal cost.
This is Rod Reynold’s first novel. He has a long and wonderful career as an author ahead, based on this terrific book. He has a unique voice, that was a complete joy to read. I was full of admiration, for the plot, the characters and just the whole amazing black and white movie feel of the book. This is a book every thriller lover should be begging their local book store for a copy.
Totally recommended. Atmospheric historical noir that you won’t forget!
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To buy from Amazon: The Dark Inside
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