Reviews of Dark Fiction

Whitesands by Johann Thorsson

This was my first experience with author Johann Thorsson, but it won’t be my last!

John Dark, recently returned to the detective division after a lengthy absence, during which he was investigating the disappearance of his daughter, faces a unique murder case. A case where the husband murdered his wife, and then posed her. John and his partner Monique are still working the case, when another murder occurs under the same unusual circumstances. During all of this, John is still hanging on to and working leads regarding his missing daughter, in spite of direct orders for him to knock it off. Will John and Monique solve these murders? Will John be able to locate his daughter? You’ll have to read this to find out!

I liked John and I felt for his situation, however I cannnot set aside the fact that some things he did and got away with, would just not be tolerated in real life. Monique and his superiors warned him but he just kept on keeping on. An admirable trait in a protagonist, but realistic? Not so much.

One other thing I should mention is that this copy has a lot of missing words and other errors. I’m not sure if my copy is the finished copy or not, but hopefully these issues will improve in the next book.

What kept me reading though, was the supernatural aspect of this narrative. That portion didn’t really get going for a while, but when it finally did, my eyes were glued to the pages. We were introduced to another character earlier on, but then Daniel Hope resurfaced near the denouement with certain, growing skills, and everything about him was intriguing.

Said denouement is going to place John Dark in an entirely new situation. Does that mean we won’t be seeing his partner Monique anymore? Does that mean Daniel Hope’s story is over? I hope not! These lingering questions, though, they’re what’s going to draw me into book 2.

I originally rated this 3.5, rounded down to 3, but after thinking about this tale for a night or two, my rating remains the same, but I rounded it up to 4. Mr. Thorsson successfully wove together a great supernatural tale with a good police procedural and I do recommend it!

Thanks to the author for the e-ARC in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!

Whitesands (John Dark #1) Book Cover Whitesands (John Dark #1)
John Dark Series
Johann Thorsson
Dark Fiction, Crime, Supernatural, Mystery, Police Procedural, Thriller
Bloodshot Books

Detective John Dark’s daughter has been missing for two years. In his frantic and unfruitful search for her two years ago, J Dark overreached and was reprimanded and demoted.

Now suddenly back into the homicide department, Dark is put on a chilling case – a man who killed his wife in their locked house and then dressed the body up to resemble a deer, but claims to remember none of it. A few days later an impossibly similar case crops up connecting the suspects to a prep school and a thirty year old missing persons’ case.

Just as Dark is getting back into his old groove, a new lead in his daughter’s disappearance pops up and threatens to derail his career again.

Time is running out and John Dark needs to solve the case before more people are killed, and while there is still hope to find his daughter.

In the style of True Detective and Silence of the Lambs, WHITESANDS is a thrilling supernatural crime novel.

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