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City of Dark by Claire Dickinson
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it was amazing

**4.5 stars **

Many people visiting Paris will have taken a tour of the catacombs - that ethereal world beneath the busy streets of the French capital. These are the public parts, accessible for a small fee, but the tourist tunnels are just the beginning. Seventy feet beneath the surface, well below the Métro and the RER, there lies a vast network of mines and tunnels not accessible to the general public.

Some of these tunnels have access to Government buildings, schools, and hospitals. Now, imagine if those tunnels were utilised by a terrorist organisation - using explosives or some noxious substance that could kill those going about their daily business in the buildings and streets above whilst evading detection themselves below!

This is the terrifying scenario that Inspector Khalid Sadiqi of the counter terrorism squad is faced with in City of Dark. The opening scene is at the Val de Grace military hospital where the prime minister has been assassinated. This is a particularly secure facility, but it appears that his killer accessed the building from the catacombs, and also left behind messages taunting his pursuers.

Sadiqi teams up with Canadian engineering student Antonia (Toni) Corrigan in his quest to catch the killer. Toni is an expert on the catacombs, her knowledge is second to none - don’t forget that this claustrophobic world below Paris is a place where it’s easy to get lost and find oneself continually hitting dead ends, and the likelihood of never finding your way out is entirely possible, so Sadiqi definitely needs her knowledge, if he’s to discover the killer’s lair.

This was an exciting and well researched storyline, with much historical and political detail. The surly Sadiqi contrasts with the bubbly and quirky Toni, but though Sadiqi is drawn to her romantically, he’s not entirely sure she’s trustworthy.

Well written, with a frightening but credible scenario. I could see this transferring to the big screen quite easily, and I would be first in the queue to see it!
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Reading Progress

November 20, 2019 – Started Reading
November 20, 2019 – Shelved
November 27, 2019 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Ann (new)

Ann Fab review Maureen


message 2: by Holly (new)

Holly  B Great review Maureen!


Maureen Ann wrote: "Fab review Maureen"

Thanks so much Ann 🤗


Maureen Holly wrote: "Great review Maureen!"

Thanks Holly 🤗


message 5: by Shruti (new)

Shruti Wonderful review, Maureen! Glad you enjoyed it. 😘


message 6: by Ceecee (new)

Ceecee Sounds fantastic Maureen- great review. Never been into the catacombs, might not now 😂🤗


message 7: by Jenna (new)

Jenna Sounds frightening, Maureen! It says a lot about the author's writing abilities when you can "see" a book turned into a movie while you're reading it. Terrific review.


message 8: by Kaceey (new)

Kaceey Excellent review Maureen!💖


message 9: by Lucy (new)

Lucy Langford Stunning review Maureen !


message 10: by Paula (new)

Paula Kalin What a fascinating plot, Maureen...outstanding review!


Maureen Shruti wrote: "Wonderful review, Maureen! Glad you enjoyed it. 😘"

Thanks so much Shruti 💖


Maureen Ceecee wrote: "Sounds fantastic Maureen- great review. Never been into the catacombs, might not now 😂🤗"

I don’t think anyone would go down there if they read this book Ceecee! 😮🤗


Maureen Jenna wrote: "Sounds frightening, Maureen! It says a lot about the author's writing abilities when you can "see" a book turned into a movie while you're reading it. Terrific review."

Thanks Jenna, very frightening! 😮❣️


Maureen Kaceey wrote: "Excellent review Maureen!💖"

Thanks Kaceey 💕


Maureen Lucy wrote: "Stunning review Maureen !"

Thanks Lucy ❣️


Maureen Paula wrote: "What a fascinating plot, Maureen...outstanding review!"

Thanks so much Paula, yes definitely a fascinating plot 💕


message 17: by Paromjit (new)

Paromjit Wow! Sounds so good, Maureen.....brilliant review!! 🌷💐


message 18: by Richard (new)

Richard Sounds like an exciting and atmospheric read ........ great review Maureen!


Maureen Paromjit wrote: "Wow! Sounds so good, Maureen.....brilliant review!! 🌷💐"

Thanks Paromjit, such a great read! ❣️🤗


Maureen Richard wrote: "Sounds like an exciting and atmospheric read ........ great review Maureen!"

Thanks Richard, such a great storyline! 👍🏻


message 21: by Julie (new)

Julie Stellar review, Maureen!! 💖


message 22: by Kat (new)

Kat Valentine Fabulous review Maureen!!💞😉👍💋


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Fred Shaw Terrific review Maureen. I’ll have to read this one.


Maureen Julie wrote: "Stellar review, Maureen!! 💖"

Thank you Julie ❣️🤗


Maureen Kat wrote: "Fabulous review Maureen!!💞😉👍💋"

Thanks Kat ❣️🤗


Maureen Fred wrote: "Terrific review Maureen. I’ll have to read this one."

Thanks Fred, hope you enjoy it 😊


message 27: by Leila (new) - added it

Leila A fascinating review Maureen. This sounds such an exciting read.


Maureen Leila wrote: "A fascinating review Maureen. This sounds such an exciting read."

Thank you Leila, a scary but gripping read!


message 29: by Meredith (new)

Meredith Wonderful review, Maureen!


message 30: by Peter (new) - added it

Peter Excellent review, Maureen. You've encouraged me to do the Catacombs next time in Paris. This story sounds fascinating. Thanks!! :):)


Maureen Meredith wrote: "Wonderful review, Maureen!"

Thanks so much Meredith ❣️


Maureen Peter wrote: "Excellent review, Maureen. You've encouraged me to do the Catacombs next time in Paris. This story sounds fascinating. Thanks!! :):)"

Thanks Peter, just make sure you don’t wander off! 😂


message 33: by Louise (new)

Louise Wilson Terrific review, Maureen!!


message 34: by Candi (new)

Candi Sounds like a terrifying premise! Great review, Maureen :)


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Peter Maureen wrote: "Peter wrote: "Excellent review, Maureen. You've encouraged me to do the Catacombs next time in Paris. This story sounds fascinating. Thanks!! :):)"

Thanks Peter, just make sure you don’t wander of..."


LOL


message 36: by Beata (new)

Beata Grand review, Maureen💓🌷


message 37: by Debra (new)

Debra Another great review, Maureen!


message 38: by Nazanin (new)

Nazanin Fantastic review, Maureen! Glad it was an enjoyable read! 💕


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LostKnight Nice review.


message 40: by Paige (new)

Paige Excellent review Maureen! 💕


Maureen Louise wrote: "Terrific review, Maureen!!"

Thanks Louise 🌸


Maureen Paige wrote: "Excellent review Maureen! 💕"

Thanks so much Paige ❣️


Maureen Thanks Rebecca 🌷


Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Excellent review dear Mo 😘


Maureen Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ wrote: "Excellent review dear Mo 😘"

Thank you my friend 💖😘🌸


message 46: by Claire (new)

Claire Dickinson Dear Maureen,

Thank you so much for such a wonderful review. You just made my day! In fact, I think you may have just made my week, month and year! It's great to get ANY feedback, but it's absolutely fantastic to get such roaring support.

And it's so kind of you to have taken the time to post such a granular, supportive review!

Many, many thanks!!!
Claire


Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Maureen wrote: "Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ wrote: "Excellent review dear Mo 😘"

Thank you my friend 💖😘🌸"


You’re welcome 😘


Maureen Candi wrote: "Sounds like a terrifying premise! Great review, Maureen :)"

Thanks Candi, definitely! 🤗


Maureen Claire wrote: "Dear Maureen,

Thank you so much for such a wonderful review. You just made my day! In fact, I think you may have just made my week, month and year! It's great to get ANY feedback, but it's absolu..."


You’re very welcome Claire, really enjoyed it, it’s definitely right up there with some of my more enjoyable reads this year. 🌷


message 50: by Susanne (new)

Susanne  Strong Fantastic review Maureen!


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