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The Dark Room by Sam Blake

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By Zoe Radley

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Publication date: 7th January 2021

Format: PB and Ebook

Price: £12.99

I would like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to the wonderful Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for organising another brilliant book blog tour, I would also like to say a huge thank you to Corvus for sending this gorgeous proof copy to me to review and just be entranced by the story. I would like to say thank you and happy publication to the genius creator of this novel Sam Blake I hope you enjoy reading and looking at all our blogs and posts about your book. I am just so grateful to be able to do this and be allowed to do what I love and I will always be eternally grateful to Book Twitter community as well as my Squad Pod ladies. Anyway lets get on and review this heart pounding book, so before all that lets get on to the blurb….


Rachel Lambert leaves London afraid for her personal safety and determined to uncover the truth behind the sudden death of a homeless man with links to a country house hotel called Hare’s Landing.

New York-based crime reporter Caroline Kelly’s career is threatened by a lawsuit and she needs some thinking space away from her job. But almost as soon as she arrives, Hare’s Landing begins to reveal its own stories – a 30- year-old missing person’s case and the mysterious death of the hotel’s former owner.

As Rachel and Caroline join forces, it becomes clear that their investigations are intertwined – and that there is nothing more dangerous than the truth….

Wow what a book, This had a bit of a victorian gothic feel to it, what with a mysterious hotel with a tragic and mysterious past that the inhabitants seem reluctant to talk about. A very outsiders vs local inhabitants, I definitely got a Rebecca like feel with the house keeper? hotel front of house woman? acting quite oddly and slightly sinister (if I was them I would just leave, but then there wouldn’t be a good novel would there? lol) I grew to love getting to know the characters, how the events in their life meant they met up at that particular hotel, so intriguing and very page turning, I was engrossed from the first page.

I loved all the characters, but for me its the dog that holds my heart, you gotta love a crime fighting team with a dog its a must (hehe). As soon as you get sucked in to the story you are on one hell of a ride and it barely stops to pause for a breath, I had to be dragged away from this dark, unsettling and gripping world to eat, wash up and sleep ( you know normal every day things lol) I have to admit there were some bits in the story that I wasn’t sure on, but on the whole I was entirely gripped and yes spooked out, its one that you probably should not read late at night… it kept me up at night staring at shadows and waking at tiny tiny noises.

So would I recommend this book to you or anyone? yes definitely if you love Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier and the gothic creepiness of Brontes especially Jane Eyre then this book will suit you down to the ground. There are certain places even now in the “modern” age that gives us a creeping feeling of dread or a feeling of sadness and decay, and this is how I feel that this story works, though its set present day the way the tension builds and creeps up on you is almost an old gothic feeling, that mysterious house with a tragic past and certain things going on that make it more mysterious and terrifying.

This is one book, where you will need something warm like a (hot beverage of your choice here) and a blanket and maybe if you have it a blazing fire in the hearth and possibly a cat on your lap or dog(s) at your feet or even (like my family did) both in the room, I was entranced, haunted and engrossed in this atmospheric book. This is one that will not let you alone until the last page.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a big ☕️ and a huge 🍰 maybe a 🍪 or two… honestly this deserves the sugar rush and caffeine fix 😉

(c) Zoe Radley

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