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The Gift of Darkness by V. M. Giambanco
  

Sarah Broadhurst's view...

This is a lengthy and vivid crime novel, at its heart a classic police procedural but bound up in a more complex and emotional narrative. A contemporary killing opens up a 25 year old mystery for rookie cop Alice Madison when a family of four is brutally murdered and all evidence points to the father’s best friend, both victims of a long ago kidnapping from which their other friend never escaped. Detailed and meticulous the pace, slow at first, gradually builds up and it is not long before this novel becomes a page-turner. With the drip-feeding of clues and enough background information on each of the main characters to come alive on the page this is first rate stuff.

If you like V. M. Giambanco you might also like to read books by Tess Gerritsen, Karin Slaughter and Kathy Reichs.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. As publisher of Stieg Larsson and a host of other bestselling names, the imprimatur of Quercus is usually a guarantee of quality in the crime thriller stakes. As it is with V M Giambanco’s The Gift of Darkness, in which homicide detective Alice Madison is obliged to deal with the dark legacy of her past. As a child she ran away from home before committing an act that would have changed her entire life, and has found a sort of accommodation by chasing monsters. But the worst, for her, is yet to come.
~ Barry Forshaw

Synopsis

The Gift of Darkness by V. M. Giambanco

Twenty-five years ago in the woods near the Hoh River in Seattle, three boys were kidnapped. One did not come home. A quarter of a decade later, a family of four is found brutally murdered, the words thirteen days scratched near their lifeless bodies. Homicide Detective Alice Madison ran away from home as a child, one breath away from committing an unforgivable act; as an adult, she found her peace chasing the very worst humanity has to offer. Madison believes these murders are linked. And she has thirteen days to prove it. To stop a psychopath, Madison must go back into the woods and confront the unsolved mystery of the Hoh River Boys. She must forget her training and follow her instincts to the terrifying end as enemies become allies and, in the silent forest, time is running out to save another life.

Reviews

The Gift of Darkness is not just a stunning debut it's a stunning book, full stop . . . read it - immediately. * Simon Toyne *


About the Author

V.M. Giambanco was born in Italy. She started working in films as an editor's apprentice in a 35mm cutting room and since then has worked on many award-winning UK and US pictures: from small independent projects to large studio productions. Valentina lives in London.

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Book Info

Publication date

25th September 2014

Author

V. M. Giambanco

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Author's Website

www.wardmccandlish.co.uk/Au...

Publisher

Quercus Publishing

Format

Paperback
528 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
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Crime & mystery
Thriller / suspense

ISBN

9781780878737

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