Publication: 16th May 2019 – Orion
Daisy Clayton’s killer was never caught. In over ten years, there has been no breakthrough in her murder case.
Detective Renée Ballard has faced everything the LAPD’s notorious dusk-till-dawn graveyard shift has thrown at her. But, until tonight, she’d never met Harry Bosch – an ex-homicide detective consumed by this case.
Soon, she too will become obsessed by the murder of Daisy Clayton.
Because Ballard and Bosch both know: every murder tells a story. And Daisy’s case file reads like the first chapter in an untold tragedy that is still being written – one that could end with Ballard herself, if she cannot bring the truth to light…
Michael Connelly is famous for his series of novels featuring LAPD detective Harry Bosch. However, my first novel by this author wasn’t one featuring the famous detective, but it was The Poet (featuring reporter Jack McEvoy) which I randomly picked at a bookstore a few years ago. I found the blurb intriguing, I bought it, and then I devoured in two days. Since then, I am a big fan. I love the writing style, the pace, and the suspense. The author’s detailed knowledge of the police procedural makes it more real and gripping and he created some relatable, well-developed, and engaging characters that make me addicted to his novels. DARK SACRED NIGHT sees two of Michael Connelly’s creations come together for the first time: LAPD detective Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch, now a reserve detective at SFPD.
Ballard and Bosch are similar characters: they follow their instincts, they are willing to bend the rules, and they don’t stop until they find out the truth, even if doing so gets them in danger. They partner up to solve a cold case, the murder of fifteen-year-old Daisy Clayton nine years earlier. For Bosch the case is personal because of his close relationship with Elizabeth, the mother’s victim, while, at the same time he is working on a gang case. Ballard has her own cases to solve, but she finds herself more and more involved in Daisy’s murder.
I was surprised how well the pair Ballard-Bosch works: they quickly fall into a routine, trusting and complementing each other. I loved seeing these two characters getting together and I am already looking forward to read their next story and how their relationship evolves.
Huge thanks to Tracy Fenton and Orion for inviting me to join the blog tour and for providing me with a copy of the book.
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