It’s an absolute pleasure to be able to share my review today for the 7th instalment in The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Dark Skies. My thanks go to Louise for the copy.
FROM THE #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF HOLY ISLAND
Beware what lies beneath…
One fateful, starry night, three friends embark on a secret camping trip but only two return home. Thirty years later, the body of a teenage boy rises from the depths of England’s biggest reservoir and threatens to expose a killer who has lain dormant…until now.
Detective Chief Inspector Ryan returns from honeymoon to face danger from all sides. In the depths of Kielder Forest, a murderer has escaped justice before and will do anything to protect the secrets of the past. Meanwhile, back at Northumbria CID, an old foe has taken the helm as Superintendent and is determined to destroy Ryan at any cost.
Who will prevail in Ryan’s most dangerous case yet?
Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.
Back in March this year I read my first DCI Ryan mystery, Holy Island. Little did I know back then when I started that I would end up being totally hooked on this series and eagerly awaiting the next instalment, desperate to get my DCI Ryan fix.
As with the previous books, Dark Skies is set in a beautiful part of the country, Northumberland. We’re taken to Kielder Forest this time and if you have never been before, don’t worry. Ross describes the place beautifully, its so easy to sit back and imagine yourself there surrounded by all the beautiful scenery.
Opening with a chilling prologue, we’re taken back to 1981 where a young teenager sets off on a secret camping trip with friends never to return home again. Jump forward to over thirty years later when Dr Anna Taylor takes a group of students on a residential to Kielder Forest after returning from her honeymoon. On arrival they are met with the discovery of a body in the reservoir and the hunt for a killer is on.
One of the things I love about these books are the characters, Ryan and Anna are a match made in heaven and it’s been wonderful watching the relationship go from strength to strength even if I am a wee bit jealous due to my little crush on the handsome Ryan 😉 The whole team are great bunch, Phillips, McKenzie, Yates and Lowerson all work together and really seem to care about one another, so it’s lovely to catch up with them, it’s like visiting a bunch of friends. I have to say though I was a bit surprised by the path Lowerson takes in Dark Skies and I can’t help but worry about him.
One character that is set to try to break the team is new boss DCS Jen Lucas, oh she’s a nasty piece of work. Holding a grudge against Ryan I think she’s set to cause some real trouble ahead.
This really is another fantastic instalment in the series, it’s chilling, engrossing and even though I told myself at the beginning I would take my time with this story I couldn’t help but devour it. I was totally swept up and immersed in the story I forgot where I was most of the time.
If you haven’t read any of the DCI Ryan mysteries before I would say that Dark Skies could be read as a stand alone, but to be honest, you’d be missing out on so much. There are references to past cases mentioned and the character building through-out the books is so beautifully done you’d be mad to not start at the beginning. I promise you wont be disappointed.
So I think it is safe to say and if you haven’t guessed already, It’s all about the books highly recommends Dark Skies. Another absolute cracker of an instalment and I can’t wait to read more.