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The Devil and the Dark Water

by Stuart Turton

Action / Adventure / Spy / Espionage Book Club Recommendations Crime / Mystery Historical Fiction Star Books Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on The Devil and the Dark Water

Be prepared for a reading maelstrom to suck you in whole when you open this LoveReading Star Book. Set in 1634 a boat leaves the East Indies with a detective duo on board. Although one is locked up and facing execution, their skills are very much needed when the voyage is beset by a terrible forewarning. Stuart Turton’s debut picked up the Costa First Novel Award Winner for 2018. The Devil and the Dark Water is just as fabulous and will be going straight onto my list of favourite books this year. It is the perfect novel to read as the nights are drawing in, the story built itself into a reality, I was there, bearing witness. Surprises wait in store, strange beings stalk the decks, and several locked room/ship mysteries just beg to be solved. My thoughts were broken open, and exploded one way then the other as I sought answers. All of the characters are fascinating in their own unique way and while I initially thought I was meeting a Holmes and Watson pair, I quickly realised they were very much their own men. The Devil and the Dark Water crosses genres in the most wonderfully entertaining way and sails straight onto my list of Liz Picks of the Month. I’ll be standing and applauding this one!

Liz Robinson

The Devil and the Dark Water Synopsis

An impossible murder

A remarkable detective duo

A demon who may or may not exist

The extraordinary new novel from Stuart Turton, author of the Sunday Times bestseller, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, winner of the Costa Best First Novel Award.

It's 1634 and Samuel Pipps, the world's greatest detective, is being transported from the Dutch East Indies to Amsterdam, where he is facing trial and execution for a crime he may, or may not, have committed. Travelling with him is his loyal bodyguard, Arent Hayes, who is determined to prove his friend innocent, while also on board are Sara Wessel, a noble woman with a secret, and her husband, the governor general of Batavia.

But no sooner is their ship out to sea than devilry begins to blight the voyage. A strange symbol appears on the sail. A dead leper stalks the decks. Livestock are slaughtered in the night.

And then the passengers hear a terrible voice whispering to them in the darkness, promising them three unholy miracles. First: an impossible pursuit. Second: an impossible theft. Third: an impossible murder.

Could a demon be responsible for their misfortunes?

With Pipps imprisoned, only Arent and Sara can solve a mystery that stretches back into their past and now threatens to sink the ship, killing everybody on board...

The Devil and the Dark Water Press Reviews

A glorious mash-up of William Golding and Arthur Conan Doyle -- Val McDermid

Stunningly good. A page-turning mystery on an epic scale, intricately plotted and expertly landed -- Simon Lelic

Stuart Turton has done it again. The Devil and the Dark Water is mind bending, genre bending, intricate, vivid, intelligent and with one of the most gloriously grizzly cast of characters ever. An absolute razztwizzler of a novel! -- Ali Land

An absolute treat from the most original voice in crime fiction -- Ragnar Jonasson

A superb historical mystery: inventive, twisty, addictive and utterly beguiling. I fell for this book (and its characters) in a big way. Beautifully crafted escapism for fans of Sherlock and Master & Commander. A TRIUMPH -- Will Dean

The desperate life on board an Amsterdam-bound Dutch Indiamen has never been so vividly painted. Throw in a demon (who may or may not exist), a cast of beautifully realised, compelling characters along with a series of locked room mysteries and the result is one of the most extraordinary books being published this year -- M.W. Craven

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781408889640
Publication date: 01/10/2020
Publisher: Raven Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781408889640
Publication date: 1st October 2020
Author: Stuart Turton
Publisher: Raven Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 576 pages
Genres: Action Adventure / Spy, Book Club Recommendations, Crime / Mystery, Historical Fiction, Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month, Star Books, Thriller / Suspense,
Collections: 90+ books that dare you to take a walk on the dark side., Our Favourite Books of 2020,
Categories: Historical mysteries, Adventure, Science fiction, Myth & legend told as fiction, Horror & ghost stories, Historical romance,

About Stuart Turton

Stuart Turton is a freelance travel journalist who has previously worked in Shanghai and Dubai. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle won the Books Are My Bag Readers Award for Best Novel and was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. He lives in London with his wife and daughter. @Stu_Turton

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