A man is discovered on a leafy North London street, fighting for life after a brutal beating. DI Matthew Denning and his team are quickly called in to to track down the monster responsible.
Except the victim is hiding secrets of his own. His name shows that he was reported missing two decades ago – but it’s clear that the missing person is not the same man lying broken in a hospital bed.
A visit to a squalid East London flat unearths a victim with his throat slit, his body left to decompose. A sad end to any life – but when it is identified as former DCI Frank Buckfield, star of the Met police, the case takes on a new significance.
Two seemingly unrelated cases – but as Denning, along with DS Molly Fisher, investigates further, they uncover links between the two victims that lead back to a ring of silence cloaking the blackest of crimes.
But as Denning and Fisher try to track down a killer with revenge on their mind, they find themselves pitted against a psychopath who will kill to keep their secrets hidden. Can they uncover the truth, before they end up the latest victims?
The latest in the gripping London crime series featuring DI Matthew Denning and DS Molly Fisher, The Darkness Within is a must-read if you like Angela Marsons, L.J. Ross or Joy Ellis.
Graeme Hampton was born in Paisley, and grew up in Stirling. After leaving school, he trained as a stage manager and worked in London for a number of years. He returned to Scotland in his late twenties to study for a BA in English Literature at Stirling University. His first novel, Know No Evil – featuring Met detectives DI Matt
Denning and DS Molly Fisher – was published in 2019 by Hera Books. This was followed by Blood Family in January 2020. The Darkness Within is the third novel in the series.
Graeme lives in Hastings, East Sussex.
This was an enjoyable and twisty read, revolving around several seemingly unconnected crimes that have their roots in some terrible past events, life ruining ones.
When the body of a former police officer is found with his throat slit in a scummy flat, then an assault on a man reported missing twenty years previously occurs, somewhere deep in DI Denning’s mind the possibility of a connection lies. But it requires a lot of digging.
With plenty of red herrings, dodgy coppers, withdrawn statements, unreliable witnesses and smarmy politicians to go through in search of the truth, the MIT team have a lot to handle, not helped by a suspension or two along the way.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.