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River of Darkness by Rennie Airth
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Apr 12, 2012

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bookshelves: 2011-2012
Read from April 12 to 25, 2012

Rennie Airth provides a thrilling story of murder and love portrayed through its plot; however, the character development lacks and as a result destroys the insight-fullness and uniqueness of the characters, besides the protagonist who hows some development.

In the town of Surrey, a loving family, consist of five, is brutally murdered with lack of evidence left behind and no motives to explain why the murder is executed. Former World War I Veteran, Inspector John Madden who is still emotionally and deeply affected both horrendous experience from war and the deaths of his wife and child is sent to investigate the crime; however, local police have came to a conclusion that the murder is just an unsuccessful theft. Based on a past experience of a corresponding case, Madden doubts this assumption and formulates the idea that a clever mastermind, whose motive is primarily based on lust, is responsible for the slaughter. On a race against another crime being committed, Madden is willing to seek the serial killer out.

The simple language and tone of the writing makes this thrilling book an easy-read, but lacks articulation, resulting in a disappointing atmospheric mood which I expected from a mystery story. Any one who enjoys a good mystery with a combination of some romance will enjoy the book.

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