When Darkness Falls by Kathleen Harryman is an extremely gripping thriller that will have readers up all night. This psychological murder mystery is uniquely written from the killer’s perspective and will have you making conclusions only to find out that you are oh so very wrong.
Tracy Bennett seems to be an average young woman. She has a typical and relatively boring job at a store and leads a typical life. Tracy has her own apartment which she shares with the mysterious Lauren. In her free time Tracy hangs out with her tow best friends Susie and Abigal. For as normal and mundane as Tracy’s life is there are things going on that are directly related to her, yet just like everyone else she remains oblivious.
There is someone terrorizing the city, though the police have prevented an all out panic. This person is suspected to be a large and rather muscular man, the press has named The Slasher. The real Slasher hates this name as they see their murders as artwork. This is the killer’s story and they take great pride in what they do. The killer is extremely aware of how forensic teams work and finds it funny playing mind games with them. The killers is also aware of how society labels them and often debates the characteristics of these traits and personality types. But just who is The Slasher? What makes them choose the seemingly random victims and how will all this affect Tracy?
I don’t know where to start when talking about what I liked best about this book. The perspective this book was written from was refreshing in how unique it was. Even once I figured out what was going on I did not want to accept it and the book always had me second guessing myself. While it may be a little confusing at times it is all explained in the end. What I liked least about this book is that there is not currently a sequel (thought I truly hope Kathleen Harryman writes one). This is one of those books that once you finish it you are left wanting more.
This book is ideal for adults and young adults who can handle reading graphic descriptions of blood and gore. Other than that there are mentions of a rape but nothing in detail. It could however, potentially give younger readers nightmares. I rate this book 4 out of 4. A word of warning, be careful when you start to read this book because you won't want to stop until its done. There was nothing in this book that I truly did not like and that alone is rare and impressive.
When I saw this book and read the blurb, I just had to read it, and add the fact that it’s set just a forty-five minute drive from where I live, it was a must.
The concept of a murder/psychopath story through the eyes of the perpetrator is an excellent one, and not something that one happens across every day. The narrator, the psychopath, introduces herself in such a calm and calculating way, all but vindicating what she does, the reader just knows they’re in for a treat.
The killer, known as “The Yorkshire Slasher”, introduces herself to her colleagues at the department store in which they work, and the chemistry between Tracy, Abigail and Susie is immediately apparent, only the reader doesn’t know who the slasher is, which is tantalising.
As the story progresses, the bodies mount up, and we almost understand the reasoning behind the murders, yet at the same time are wondering who on earth it is. When it’s finally revealed, it makes sense, and everything falls into place.
When Darkness Falls is compelling and addictive, and a book that’s hard to put down. seldom do I tell myself that I shall read it again soon, but this is one of those occasions, because this is the type of book that the reader will discover more intricacies during a second read. Outstanding!