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Darkhouse (Joe Lucchesi #1)

3.4  ·  Rating Details ·  493 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
Quand une filature de routine se solde par les deux meurtres les plus atroces de sa carrière, l'inspecteur Joe Lucchesi quitte la police de New York et s'installe, avec femme et enfant, dans un village paisible au sud-est de l'Irlande. Ils sont heureux, ils sont à l'abri. Mais ils sont sur le point de vivre un cauchemar plus terrifiant que tous ceux qu'ils ont laissés derr ...more
368 pages
Published January 20th 2006 by Michel Lafon (first published January 1st 2005)
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May 25, 2016 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
was an okay read
DARKHOUSE (Suspense-Ireland-Cont) – NR
Barclay, Alex – 1st book
HarperCollins, 2003- UK Hardcover
NY Detective Joe Lucchesi is on leave with his wife, Anna, and son, Shaun, in Ireland. When Shaun's girlfriend goes missing, Joe decides to find out what happened.
*** I made it to page 136, but only because I was waiting for my car to be serviced and had finished my other book. It's unfortunate because the basic plot was interesting. But the story rambled on with a lot of characters but no real charact
Asghar Abbas

The storyline and the writing style was OK, to tell you the truth I don't even remember most of it. The cover is the only reason, I am talking about this book at the moment. Look at it, have you ever seen anything so beautiful ?

Imagine me saying this in an Irish accent :)
This book is lazy, horrid, and terribly confusing. Plus, the story line isn't even tied up completely at the end and, from what I've gathered from reviews of the sequel, the loose ends from this one play little to no part in the future. Sigh. At least the cover was pretty and the slogan, dramatic.
Feb 21, 2016 Вероника rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Препоръчвам го на всички почитатели на добрите трилъри/криминалета.
Не е чак шедьовър, но си струваше четенето.
Apr 13, 2013 MARGO rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps I am just too hard to please lately with the books I have selected to read, but I did not care for this one at all. There are way too many characters and the writing jumps from one story line to another and different times and settings. So confusing and hard to follow. There is one particular passage where the writer is describing Joe having a drink in a pub with a group of Irish men, then the very next paragrah describes Joe's son Shaun's girlfriend Katie. This makes no sense whatsoever ...more
Rob Kitchin
Feb 08, 2014 Rob Kitchin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Darkhouse was a book I edged my way through given the underlying tension and sense of foreboding, which left me uncertain as to whether I really wanted to find out how the story is resolved. Much of that tension is created through the intersecting storylines and juxtaposition of everyday family and village life in Ireland in the early 2000s, with the dark world of Duke Rawlins and Donnie Riggs in North Texas in the late 1980s. Barclay’s writing is vivid and well paced and balanced. The character ...more
Ian Mapp
Apr 17, 2012 Ian Mapp rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 07, 2015 Taksya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bella l'ambientazione (l'Irlanda resta sempre l'Irlanda e sapere di cosa stanno parlando aiuta parecchio), buoni anche i personaggi. La trama è abbastanza semplice e tranquilla, con un buon finale a sopresa. La sola cosa che mi ha creato difficoltà è lo stile, a mio parere molto frammentario. Ogni capitolo si suddivide in paragrafi (spesso brevi) che seguono l'azione di ogni personaggio, alternandoli tra loro. Purtroppo nell'edizione italiana spesso venivano persi gli spazi separatori tra un par ...more
Joe Lucchesi arbeitet seit Jahren für das NYPD. Eines Tages arbeitet er an dem Fall eines kleinen vermissten Mädchens. Bei der Lösegeldübergabe scheint es zunächst so, als würde alles wie geplant funktionieren. Als der Entführer das Geld bekommen hat, lässt er das kleine Mädchen aus dem Auto frei, das sofort zu seiner Mutter läuft. Der Täter flüchtet. Doch als der Entführer merkt, dass er bereits von der Polizei verfolgt wird, lässt er eine Sprengstoffladung, die er dem Mädchen unbemerkt um den ...more
May 29, 2011 Ina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-novel
Can't the past just remain past?

After a tragedy happens at work, a detective takes a break from NYPD and takes his family to a quiet place in Ireland. There will NYPD detective Joe Lucchesi spend a year with his family before he goes back to work. He's gonna stay there, spend time with the family and just do ordinary things. He needs a place to calm down after a brutal event.

But the quiet and isolated place in Ireland for the Lucchesi family turns soon to a nightmare. Joe's son, Shaun is 16 and
Sep 17, 2016 Jovdb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good to read this, to get the back story, after I read the second in the series first!

Set in Ireland, Joe is on a leave of absence from his job with the PD; Anna is doing a photo shoot of the make over of an old light house; Shaun, their son, is finding first love. Then tragedy stuck.

Katie, Shaun's girlfriend is murdered, Shaun is suspected of killing her, and Joe has an old case follow him and create havoc!

Alex tied everything together nicely and the ending was well done.

I like the characters,
Πάνος Τουρλής
Αγωνιώδες και ανατρεπτικό. Η συγγραφέας μας αποκαλύπτει σιγά σιγά τη σχέση που έχει ο δολοφόνος με τον αστυνομικό. Η πρώτη σκηνή του βιβλίου θα μου μείνει αξέχαστη: ο Ντόναλντ Ριγκς επιστρέφει την κόρη που απήγαγε στη μάνα της, παίρνει τα λύτρα και... ανάβει τον πυροκροτητή. Μάνα και κόρη γίνονται κομμάτια. Ο αστυνομικός Λακέζι τον σκοτώνει σε νόμιμη άμυνα. Χρόνια μετά, ο Λακέζι αγωνίζεται να σώσει την οικογένειά του και την ψυχική τους ηρεμία. Καταφεύγουν στο Δουβλίνο και ξεκινούν από την αρχή. ...more
Lance Greenfield
Oct 08, 2009 Lance Greenfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lighthouse or Darkhouse?

This is a great debut novel. Whilst I agree with other reviewers that it sticks broadly to a formula, it is definitely a gripping crime thriller. I just could not put it down, and found myself reading until two in the morning having originally intended to read just to the end of the next chapter.

A New York detective opts for a "quiet life" in Ireland, which will allow his beautiful French wife to follow her own career interests. Her task is to transform a lighthouse for a
Katherine Campbell
Honestly, there is nothing inherently terrible about this. It's just your basic mystery beach read. The plot is inherently interesting, and the characters are numerous, but what detracts from both of these aspects is that the author has clearly never heard the axiom "Show, don't tell". I feel like this would translate well to nighttime TV screens, but reading constant descriptions of moments that should be obvious became quite tedious after awhile. This also goes for characters that were mostly ...more
Feb 11, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't worry about the multiple characters and setting switches going on at the beginning--eventually they all come together! It is odd that there is only a two-line space between the changes though--so when I lost my place on a page, I really got confused and had to start over!

Joe "retires" from the police force in America when he shoots a unarmed criminal dead in the streets. All agree that it's best that he travels to Ireland with his wife and son--she's fixing up a lighthouse for a Vogue Inte
Jul 21, 2011 Simon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
NYPD detective Joe Lucchesi moves his family to Ireland after a botched ransom drop in a kidnapping case that results in the deaths of the kidnapper, the kidnapped child and her mother. But an ocean can't keep the Lucchesi family away from trouble. Joes' son, Sean, his girlfriend disappears and the dead kidnapper's partner in crime goes after Joe and his family.

Tough one to grade. There are a lot of storylines and the first third of the book is spent setting them up and the story as a whole got
Jul 05, 2016 Kara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Persevere. That's all I can say about this story.

70 pages is what it took before anything happened, and I don't mean in that brilliant Stephen King way whereby you really get to know the character before the story takes hold, I just mean nothing happened. It was boring and tedious. Honestly I nearly gave up.

However, after a poor start, the story really started to escalate into a rather okay read. The style of writing was rather staccato and meant that in times I struggled to really grasp context
Feb 14, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A powerful and captivating novel. The characters are likable, and I really felt for the main family as they struggle to come to terms with the disappearance. The resolution was very satisfying. The climax of the novel was a flurry of activity which seemed to make no sense until it was all cleared up at the end. What makes this novel a cut above most suspense novels was the realistic characters who are very three dimensional. The novel goes along and you think there are no surprises than the auth ...more
Mar 26, 2014 Lee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had a hard time getting into this one. The beginning went from past to present at break neck speed...I was having a hard time keeping up with, who was who....who did what to whom.:) I got settled in to the story tho, good atmosphere taking place in Ireland, and those constant dark, dreary days. Then toward the end of the story, I ran across a boo-boo. The Jeep is gone, house silent, when Anna got back. Joe's mobile phone lying on the counter. Next scene, Joe finds out some information, and calls ...more
Ruth Govaerts
May 03, 2010 Ruth Govaerts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ieder mens heeft zo zijn eigen mening over wat
rustig is en wat niet. Maar ik vond dit alles behalve.
Ik vond het boeiend hoe je doormiddel van flash backs het verleden
van Duke en zijn vriend Ritchie beetje bij beetje begon te begrijpen.
Hoe ze van normale jongens in gestoorde psychopaten
veranderden. Arme lieve meisjes.
Ik zou nooit in hun stomme truckjes getrapt hebben!
Neenee! Bij mij zou het gene waar geweest zijn!
30-year-old Irish writer Alex Barclay's debut crime thriller DARKHOUSE, to Lynne Drew and Wayne Brookes at Harper UK, in a major deal estimated as at least 350,000 pounds, by Darley Anderson (UK/Commonwealth).

Complex Chinese rights to Alex Barclay's DARKHOUSE and sequel THE CALLER, to Sharp Point Press, in a nice deal, in a two-book deal, at auction, by Gray Tan at Jia-Xi Books, on behalf of Darley Anderson.
Kathleen Dixon
A New York policeman takes time out with his wife and son to live in Ireland for a year or so. But when a nasty murder takes place locally he gradually realises that vengeance is being wreaked on him because of a fatal shooting he was involved in not long before their move.

This book not only gets the reader thoroughly involved in the family at risk, but also takes us into the childhood of the murderer and what turned him into a psycopath. Very well done.
Ann Tracy
Jan 05, 2009 Ann Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have the pleasure of knowing Yve - whoops - Alex Barclay. She retreats at the same house that I do along the West Coast of Ireland.

I only read a couple mystery-suspense types book a year, and I really enjoyed this one. Not sure how fair I can be given our acquaintance.

The beginning of this book was a bit tough to get into, many characters and some jumping around, which is simply how this writer writes, but WORTH sticking to it. I could not put this book down!
Sep 10, 2011 Lorna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tricky at first to undertsnad the beginning but quickly moved into top gear- with sinister and gruesome elements which kept you gripped . I found the ultimate showdown rather a let down but certainly not predictable. For a first novel it was a stunner. I'll certainly watch out for future works by this author.
Joe Stamber
Feb 28, 2011 Joe Stamber rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2010
Darkhouse is a fairly steady thriller about an American detective who relocates to Ireland following a case that went wrong. The past isn't so easy to leave behind though and eventually catches up with him. There's nothing really outstanding about Darkhouse, but I found it easy to read and enjoyable.
Nov 17, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good book, interesting characters and settings, although more description of Ireland would be nice. There is something very
different about this from the usual formula mystery. The people
are complex, even the good ones are a little bad or stupid sometimes, just like real life. Also, it is not all wrapped up neatly at the
end, also real.
Tory Wagner
Jul 28, 2012 Tory Wagner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great debut novel. There was lots of action and some wonderful characters. I'm sure that this is just the first in anew mystery series. The main character is a police detective who retires and moves with his wife and son to Ireland. His wife, a decorator, is working on renovating a lighthouse for a photo spread in a magazine. Of course, crime follows him and the action takes off.
Darkhouse n’est pas un mauvais thriller. Premier roman de cet auteur Irlandaise, il a une intrigue prometteuse, mais les changements de point de vue sont très fréquents et m’ont parfois un peu perdu.
Malgré tout Alex Barclay arrive à nous garder suspendu à ses mots, semant le doute et la peur.

Aug 10, 2014 Dessi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read our review on Dazzledmag: "I had bought this book some time before I actually read it as it became one of those that end up on the “to read eventually” pile. I was attracted by the cover of the Brazilian version and the story seemed pretty interesting..."
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Barclay studied journalism at university and worked for a period in fashion and beauty journalism as a copywriter in the RTÉ Guide. In 2003, she left the fashion industry to write Darkhouse, the first of two novels featuring NYPD detective Joe Lucchesi. Her second novel, The Caller, was released in 2007, and Last Call in 2008. She won the Ireland AM Crime Fiction Award at the Irish Book Awards for ...more
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