tudor queens series
Search our site
Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner Read the opening extract of the brand new Susie Steiner book before its publication on 05/04/2018

Jonathan Dark or the Evidence of Ghosts by A. K. Benedict

Jonathan Dark or the Evidence of Ghosts

Thriller / Suspense   eBook Favourites   
Download an extract Discuss on Facebook Discuss this book on our Crime/Mystery/Thriller Facebook group Share this book

Lovereading view...

A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.

THE BEAUTY OF MURDER, the debut novel by Hastings-based performer Alexandra Benedict, was a memorable cross-time Oxford-set crime thriller with strong supernatural overtones and her follow-up contemporary thriller is equally evocative and colourful and confirms her voice as quite unique: florid, wide-screened, and masterful in the way she builds up wonderful, truly original characters and the most unsettling of protagonists. A once-blind researcher who despite a successful operation insists on still not seeing is the target of a sinister serial killer and troubled London cop Jonathan Dark, who has the power to see ghosts, is caught in the web of murder and intrigue that surrounds them like an evil fog. Add revengeful ghosts helping and hindering the living, loving evocations of London's river and dark side, conspiracies by the handful and characters quite unlike those encountered in your average modern British crime novel and you have a potent cocktail that will linger in your mind and nightmares for ages. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

Win Books from the Manon Bradshaw Thriller Series!

Persons Unknown, the second book in Susie Steiner's crime thriller series, is now out in paperback and to mark the publication we are giving away paperback copies of both Missing, Presumed and Persons Unknown to THREE lucky winners!

To have a chance of winning one of these fantastic prizes, click the button below. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once.

The draw closes on 30 April 2018. The winners will be notified by 14 May 2018,

Good luck!

Enter prize draw Draw closes: 30/04/2018


Jonathan Dark or the Evidence of Ghosts by A. K. Benedict

Maria King knows a secret London. Born blind, she knows the city by sound and touch and smell. But surgery has restored her sight - only for her to find she doesn't want it. Jonathan Dark sees the shadowy side of the city. A DI with the Metropolitan Police, he is haunted by his failure to save a woman from the hands of a stalker. Now it seems the killer has set his sights on Maria, and is leaving her messages in the most gruesome of ways. Tracing the source of these messages leads Maria and Jonathan to a London they never knew. Finding the truth will mean seeing a side to the city where life and death is a game played by the powerful, where everyone is lost but nothing is missing, and where all the answers are hiding, if only they listen to the whispers on the streets. Shot through with love and loss, ghosts and grief, A K Benedict weaves a compelling mystery that will leave you looking over your shoulder and asking what lurks in the dark.


'Truly original... Add revengeful ghosts helping and hindering the living, loving evocations of London's river and dark side, conspiracies by the handful and characters quite unlike those encountered in your average modern British crime novel and you have a potent cocktail that will linger in your mind and nightmares for ages.'
Maxim Jakubowski

* LOVE READING * 'AK Benedict has combined the hardboiled with the supernatural in a manner that is both gripping and stylish... a tense 21st century Gothic in which the modern world and echoes of the past come together to create something excitingly new.' * CRIME SCENE * A meeting between the hair-raising and the everyday, which makes it a good read for that chilled night in... unless you're on your own... Do you hear something scuttling? * BOOKBAG * A wonderfully creepy mystery that charts the hidden corners and metaphysical geography of London. Can't wait to see what A K Benedict does next * MASON CROSS * One of those books that crawls under your skin from the very first page...an engrossing story of mystery and danger, love and loss, life and death, but at its heart it's a tale of people and the complicated nature of existence...Not to be missed * EDWARD COX * The best kind of novel...it's witty, tense, intriguing, brimful of great ideas and so compelling that you have to fight the urge to turn the pages almost faster than you can read it just to find out what happens next * MARK MORRIS * Thought-provoking and haunting. Gorgeous speculative storytelling * LIZ LOVES BOOKS * A stunning read. I cannot recommend this book highly enough * CRIME THRILLER GIRL * Wonderful! The work on an exquisitely twisted imagination * DAVID MARK * A K Benedict can write beautifully and has imaginative flair * GUARDIAN * Wonderfully drawn characters, well-crafted sentences and an eye for just the right detail in the right place * JAMES OSWALD * AK Benedict is snapping at the heels of Ben Aaronovitch as one of the new stars of the sub-genre of crime with a supernatural twist...A sparkling authorial voice and sassy dialogue keep the weird story grounded but ultimately the novel is, as it should be, haunting * SUNDAY EXPRESS * An absolutely glorious crime/fantasy/ghost story mash-up. In a seriously crowded genre, A K Benedict has produced something original, quirky and enormous fun...Beautifully written, darkly funny, constantly surprising...my find of the year so far * SHARON BOLTON * Praise for supernatural crime thriller THE EVIDENCE OF GHOSTS:This haunting supernatural thriller is full of hidden treasure that will delight you long after you've turned the last page * SARAH PINBOROUGH, bestselling author of BEHIND HER EYES *

About the Author

A. K. Benedict

A. K. Benedict read English at Cambridge and 20th Century Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Sussex. Alexandra was the front-person of an underground indie band, has composed music for film and television and is currently writing a television detective series. Find out more at www.akbenedict.com.

Author photo © Peter Mould

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

25th February 2016


A. K. Benedict

More books by A. K. Benedict
Author 'Like for Like'

Author's Website


Author's Facebook Latest

Loading facebook updates...
Loading twitter updates...


Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co


272 pages


Thriller / Suspense
eBook Favourites

Crime & mystery



The books for review are always great reads, brilliantly written, and introduces me to a huge variety of, established and new, authors.

Lesley Hart

I love that Lovereading handpicks very special debut reads.

Magda North

A great place to go to find your next literary escape, and where you don't have to judge a book by its cover!

Suzanne Beney

Their sending me my first book to review 18 months ago re-awakened my fondness for reading, since then I have purchased some real gems.

Barry Griffiths

For me, to read is to learn, to reflect, to escape, to think, to contemplate and my time for space and calm.

Sally Ellsmore

I love Lovereading because I get to read great books and then get to tell everybody how good they are.

Sally Doel

I love the honest opinions, recommendations for every genre and every reader, wish lists and Like for Like.

Amrita Dasgupta

Lovereading - a community of people passionate about reading and sharing their views. An incomparable website for book lovers.

Helen Clark