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In The Dark

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And that's fine, because this is a far more rewarding and subtle book than all the blaring about 'Shocking Twists!

Written from the figural narrative situation, the reader is thrown from the beginning into a sometimes really great written plot and the next minute the plot is one chaos. When it arrived, I was disappointed to learn it starred a totally different hero (heroine)but thought 'what the hell, nothing else to read so might as well give it a try' - I'm glad I did!As a 38-week pregnant Helen is about to take maternity leave, she is struck by a personal tragedy which threatens to upend her life. Even if those doors open up into the intimidating lairs of big shot gangsters like Frank Linnell – played with suitable menace by Edge of Darkness and National Treasure’s Tim McInnerny.

The plot line was reasonably good and the characters were interesting in a minor sort of way, but none of them truly engaged me. But that future is cruelly snatched away from them as a shocking incident sees Paul die and a devastated Helen forced to expose herself to the dangerous world of organised crime. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. She says what she thinks, uses her pregnancy to get what she wants and as a very welcome excuse to do things she otherwise would be criticized for.

Whether he actually fired the shot that caused the killing or not, he was prepared to do so, so the premise that he was in some way a good person seems flawed. A Shocking Twist, in a city where violence can be random or meticulously planned, where teenage gangs clash with career criminals and where loyalty is paid for in blood, nything is possible. And within the first few pages I had to look when Mark Billingham wrote it, because it sounded a bit strange. You have your gangsters on the one hand, creating mayhem in the city of London, and then you have a wealthy "businessman" and his associates, who are hunting them down and killing them. He’s the man behind programmes such as Ordinary Lies and the David Morrissey-starring crimer The Driver, and learned his trade writing for shows like Clocking Off and Shameless.

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