3 out of 4 stars
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Chief Inspector Jim Sheehan and his partner Sergeant Denise Stewart are working against time as the bodies pile up. There is a serial killer roaming Northern Ireland and they seem to be targeting random individuals. So far the victims have included a Judge and a retired headteacher walking his dog. But is there a connection between them? The killer leaves no evidence behind and seems to be extremely intelligent. Stewart then discovers the killer has been publishing blog posts full of gruesome details of their murders on the Dark Web. Sheehan and his team must gather the clues to stop the killer before they finish their brutal mission of revenge.
The Dark Web Murders, written by Brian O'Hare, is a thrilling crime and mystery novel. If you love a gripping page-turner, then this is the book for you! I loved the relationship between Sheehan and Stewart. I felt involved in the investigation and couldn't wait for the truth to be revealed. I also loved reading the blog posts. They were very well-written, so it was easy to believe the killer had written them.
The only thing that I disliked about the book is that I worked out the answer to an important clue that Sheehan and his team missed. I also correctly guessed the killer's identity. This did take away some of the suspense, but I still thoroughly enjoyed reading The Dark Web Murders from start to finish. Readers should be warned that there are a lot of characters, but the author provides a helpful list of characters and a glossary of police terms. I referred to these a few times, which was useful. Sensitive readers who dislike crude language, gore and violence should avoid this book.
I would have loved to rate this full stars as I enjoyed every page and couldn't wait to finish the book. However, there were more than ten grammatical errors in the Kindle version, so I have to rate this 3 out of 4 stars. There were some spelling mistakes, misplaced speech marks and a few errors with character names e.g. 'Edgar Doran' was referred to as 'Edwin Doran' on a couple of occasions. These errors were spread throughout the book, but none were too distracting.
I would highly recommend The Dark Web Murders to those who love mysteries, police procedural novels and crime thrillers. Crime novels are often solely plot-driven, yet O'Hare also focusses on the character building too, which I appreciated. This book is part of a series, but can also be read as a stand-alone novel. The Dark Web Murders is the first novel I have read by Brian O'Hare, but I can guarantee it will definitely not be the last!
The Dark Web Murders
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