The Devil and the Dark Water – Stuart Turton

The author’s first book “The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle” was so absolutely crazy fabulous that I think anything he writes will pale in comparison. So I am not going to compare the two, since this second one is good, but not in the same league as the first one. Oops, I guess I just compared them. This author has the most amazing writing ability, the dialogue is so readable that you can imagine the people having the conversation and there are so many excellent quotes. Many of those I would reference already appear in other reviews, but I think this one is a great example. ” Courage isn’t an absence of fear. It’s the light we find when fear is all there is.” I loved that Sara was written as such a strong character and her daughter was beginning to display her own talents and bravery. The book is written almost as if it is part of a series, with references to earlier cases that Arent and Sammy solved which helped the reader to see the relationship between the two. I did find myself looking forward to finding time to sit and read but I didn’t feel that compulsion to stop everything so I could finish the book. I usually have some idea about how a book will end, but I have to admit that this one kept me guessing and even when I read the last page, I expected to turn the page to find more story. The ending was completely satisfactory, but certainly seemed out of character for some of those involved. I look forward to more books by the author because he has such a creative mind and excellent writing.

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