The Midnight Killing – ARC Book Review

The Midnight Killing: The twisty new crime thriller that will keep you up all night by [Sharon Dempsey]

Title:- The Midnight Killing

Author:- Sharon Dempsey

No. of pages:- 378 pages

Date published:- will be published on 17th February 2022

Publisher:- Avon

Genre:- Thriller

Rating:- 4/5 stars

She’d cycled this way hundreds of times before, every twist and turn familiar. She didn’t know this would be the last. 

When the body of local architect James McCallum is found hanging in the grounds of his former school one cold, dark night, DI Danny Stowe and forensic psychologist Rose Lainey suspect foul play behind his apparent suicide.

To their astonishment, the trail leads to a 20-year-old cold case of a missing girl, and a teenage party. But what was James’ fascination with the case and how is it linked to his death?

Secrets don’t stay buried forever – but the real killer will stop at nothing to hide theirs…

An absolutely gripping and totally unputdownable crime thriller that will keep you up all night! Perfect for fans of Patricia Gibney, Val McDermid and Rachel Caine.  

I didn’t know this is actually a sequel but nonetheless I got this ARC from the publisher.

When the body of a man named James McCallum was found, it was ruled as suicide. However, after the autopsy results, it was later found that James was indeed strangled to death and that it was actually a murder. Furthermore, when they investigated James’ laptop, they find James obsession with a girl named Maeve Lunn, an eight year old girl who disappeared more than twenty years ago. The police must find clues about the connection between this cold case and James murder and must find the killer before it’s too late.

Initially, the story was a little boring at first–it started off slightly boring. But gradually, it became fast paced towards the middle of the book, with the discovery of the case of the eight year old girl and the fact that James and his friends who were teenagers back then had been around during the time of the girl’s disappearance. From the middle of the book, it got interesting and I was literally hooked into the book. I didn’t read the first book of the series so I was a bit confused on the parts about Rose Linley’s background that I simply skimmed through those parts.

Overall, this was actually a good thriller–worth four stars!

Many thanks to Netgalley and Avon for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

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