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A Cry In The Night

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  217 ratings  ·  34 reviews
When night falls, fear spreads...

The Lake District: a wild landscape, rife with stories. Detectives Zoe Barnes and Sam Taylor are called to investigate the disappearance of two children.

But they quickly realise they have been drawn into a complex and unnerving case that hides a much darker intent: as they dig deeper, whispers grow of a community hiding a deadly secret - an
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 16th 2014 by Quercus (first published October 1st 2013)
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Sep 27, 2014 rated it liked it
With its Lake District setting and spooky undercurrents of tales of witches from days of yore, I must confess that I did find this book a mixed bag. I was initially hooked with Grieves seemingly refreshing new take on the slightly overused plot-line of child disappearance, on the back of a truly chilling opening chapter charting a cull of witches in the 17th century. The story then reverts to the present day with the murder of a young boy, and the disappearance of his sister from a tight knit bu ...more
Liz Barnsley
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
**4.5 stars***

Coming January 16th From Quercus.

Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy.

When night falls, fear spreads…
The Lake District: a wild landscape, rife with stories. Detectives Zoe Barnes and Sam Taylor are called to investigate the disappearance of two children.
But they quickly realise they have been drawn into a complex and unnerving case that hides a much darker intent: as they dig deeper, whispers grow of a community hiding a deadly secret – and talk of witches, the
Mr Grieves has two novels to his name and I really enjoyed his first book, Sleepwalkers, so I was looking forward to reading this book especially as it had a horror element.

It is about two police detectives who are investigating the disappearance of two children. There are rumours and myths about witches and their possible involvement in this case and previous cases. The first chapter is set in the past and features witches with the modern day story starting in chapter two. The book is well writ
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This novel begins with the disappearance of two children by Lullingdale Water, in the Lake District. Notorious for the drowning of six women, accused of witchcraft in the 1660’s, it is near a village which is beautiful on the surface but, like most things, more complicated beneath. When the local police get nowhere, DI Sam Taylor and DC Zoe Barnes are sent from Manchester, to investigate. Sam has recently lost his wife and is struggling with being the sole parent to his two daughters. Zoe loves ...more
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A very well plotted complex and darkly atmospheric mystery.
This well written narrative explores the sinister side-effects that occur in a family and a community when a couple of young children go missing. Paranoia, irrational ideas and mob violence ripple across what on the surface appears as a peaceful and quiet village. The tension is palpable; old hurts, prejudices, grief, blame, deceit and exclusive behaviours combine to create a gripping cloak of fear and distrust amongst all involv
Sophie Bristow Harris
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I've read by this author. It was a very atmospheric read and full of ice cold description. I really liked the police partnership, they seemed well matched, lots of red herrings to "confuse" the reader, which I love in books.
I love the cover, it is a eerie picture that drew me in, wanting to read it as soon as I came across it.

Many Thanks to the author and his publisher for making this available to me through Net Galley. I look forward to reading many more by Tom Grieves.
Joanne Hall
Oct 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
*Spoilers* (For what it's worth).

From the blurb on the back, this book had potential. A disturbing local history, children have disappeared, there are a cohort of mysterious villagers, and 2 coppers looking for answers.

Sadly, I gave up on this book within 60 pages.

Where do I start?

There is the out of date and over-stereotypical misogynistic Chief Superintendent who is trying to run with the big boys, telling the male DI to not give certain information that may or may not be pertinent to the case
Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
3.5 Stars

Two young children vanish from a lakeside village plagued with tales of witches and plenty of mysterious happenings that give those tales merit.

Enjoyed the confusion and entanglement that city Detectives, Sam and Zoe endured.
In truth I struggled to get into this, took quite a few chapters before I was invested in finding out the truth. There's more than a couple of questionable situations, and actions that our Detectives are involved in....
From past cases, odd locals, dodgy policemen
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
I was gifted this book by Quercus books via Net Galley.

I don't normally read scary books, I'm the sort that hides behind they're fingers gingerly peeking out!
This was a really creepy atmospheric read. I loved it!

Two children gone missing, secrets from the past which were long ago hidden all come out, including witches.

Its a really on the edge of your seat read this, well recommended.
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, giveaways
Wonderfully told story, great characters and left me guessing until the end. I finished this book in a couple of days - couldn't put it down!

I enjoyed this book so much I have just ordered the author's other book (Sleepwalkers).

A real treat. Thank you to the publisher for sending me a free copy via goodreads giveaways.
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime
A great read!
Maura Heaphy Dutton
Feb 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
I am usually pretty forgiving to novels set in parts of the wold that I know and love. The implausibility of this poor excuse for a murder mystery made me give up after about 100 pages (it was a book club selection, so I soldiered on). I skimmed the rest, and it didn't get any better.

Big city detectives are called to village on the banks of one of the more remote lakes of England's Lake District, to investigate the disappearance of two small children. The senior detective *immediately* (I mean,
Ian Wooder
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved this book.

It was fascinating and intriguing. A story about perceived" witches kidnapping and killing children, you will try to guess each step of the way what is true and what is myth.

I just could not put the book down. I needed to find out what was going to happen next, how it was going to happen and who was going to be involved.

I really enjoy mysteries and this one of the best I have ever read.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Needs an epilogue to tie up all the loose ends
I would give A Cry in The Night 4.5 stars, because, although I absolutely loved so many things about it, I found some of the sex and violence upsetting.
That said, this is a brilliant read with quite a "wow" factor. It's a suspense novel that is more than the sum of its parts, a character study, a story about friendship, grieving, loneliness, madness, mob mentalities, male-female relations, and abuse of power. It genuinely delves into all these issues in a deep and organic way, as well as being
Jan 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Sensational suspenseful storytelling with a cast of mesmerising characters…

A Cry in the Night is Tom Grieves 2nd novel, set within the wild landscape of the majestic Lake District. Heart pounding intensity and shocking drama moved me inwardly and had me gripping the pages with chilling terror. This thoughtful, deeply poignant tale catches you unawares so as to leave you aghast at the graphic candour. Harsh and acutely sharp, the words pierce you like shards of frozen ice at your very inmost core
A Cry in the Night is a psychological thriller. Dark and intense and often unpleasant.

Trying to review this book has been a slippery slope.

Missing children, the effect of history and myth, misogyny at work in past and present. The author does not give the reader much help in this novel, deliberately leaving us in the dark--and uncertain about what to believe and who to trust.

DI Sam Taylor and DC Zoe Barnes have worked together long enough to be confident in each other, but from the beginning of
Zoe Radley
Aug 31, 2014 rated it did not like it
I feel slightly disappointed by this book it had a lot of things going for it it was a mystery set in the lake district and had a superstitious thrillerish edge to it. But thats where my interest ended near the beginning when I realised that the plot and subsequent plot were mainly about anti-feminism but thats not even close its about the fear of men about women and how it all gets twisted in the idea of witches and hags and eating children, and this has no set period so your not quite sure if ...more
Mar 03, 2014 rated it liked it
A crime story about the investigation by a male and female detective duo into the disappearance of two children from a small Lake District community.

The atmosphere in the story is tremendous with legends about witches creating a forbidding atmosphere. The male cop is still traumatised by the death of his wife. He feels alienated from his family (two daughters, mother) and is slowly driven a bit mad by his suspicion that perhaps the barrister representing a number of women who have committed infa
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
A Cry in the Night sees Detectives Zoe Barnes and Sam Taylor called in to investigate the disappearance of two children. But the case is far darker than they imagined, with whisperings of the community harbouring a deadly secret.

There's a creepy tone throughout, and the atmosphere it creates is genuinely intriguing. There's a real sense of place - instead of skipping over the surroundings, this really hits the nail on the head with the haunting quality of the lake.

There's a chilling feel about
Amanda Ooi
Oct 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
I am disappointed. Yet, I enjoyed reading it because this book surely is a page-turner. It's such a pity because this book has so much potential. The plot is well-constructed even though the story takes a slower pace by giving the readers a full explanation of events that happened at the same time but in different perspective. I'm disappointed because there are so many questionable situations that haven't been explained. I expected that Grieves would explain why did the children in the room star ...more
Alison Evans
Jul 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
Oh dear! What a disappointing book! The 40ish male detective and his younger female sidekick are unconvincing, spend far too much time obsessing about their mental problems, and are not very interesting. The plot is risible. A couple of children are abducted, and the boy's body is subsequently found floating in the local lake. Their mother is a prime suspect, and most people are determined to find her guilty. Questions are legion. Why on earth is the older detective so eager to have sex with a l ...more
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I won this from a goodreads giveaway. =)
I've read a lot of crime/thriller novels recently and this is by far my favourite. I liked most, if not all, of the characters and cared about what happened to them.
I was interested in the story and did't think there were any particular slow or boring parts.
The only complaint I can think of for it is that whilst the ending was satisfying whilst reading it, in hindsight it seems like a bit of a let down and doesn't really tie together all the loose ends fro
Tasha Mellins-Cohen
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
This book is fantastic: complex, creepy and atmospheric. Even better, the author keeps up the pace right from page one so the story races along and before you know it, "one more page" has become "I'll just finish the book" and it's 3am.

I would LOVE to write a bit about why I found this book so gripping, but I really don't want to spoil the story for anyone. All I can say is, read it!

I'm off to buy Tom's first book now, so that this Saturday will be as consumed as the last.

*Goodreads First Read
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: murder-mystery
Not the greatest story and quite predictable but that wasn't the issue with the book. There were too many loose ends left at the end of the book so you felt a bit let down. Ok read if you have nothing else.
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was lucky enough to have won a copy of this book on this site, sadly I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would from the blurb on the back.

At times I did loose interest in the book, but I picked it up and carried on reading at a later date. It's not that its a bad book but just for me.
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
WOW. You should really read this one. A fantastic book!
Francesca Walther
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Had me second guessing myself and my beliefs! Amazing. Best book I've read for a long time!
Michelle Heeter
Jul 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: disliked
This is not a book for people who want literary fiction. Cardboard characters, trite dialogue. Gave up after 50 pages.
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Tom Grieves has worked in television as a script editor and producer and executive producer, as well as a writer. Tom’s television credits include the likes of Being Human, The Palace, The Ghost Squad , The Runaway & more.

Sleepwalkers is his first novel. It has been optioned for film and television. Tom lives in Sussex with his wife and three sons.