Review by LeeleeByoma -- The Dark Web Murders

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LeeleeByoma
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Review by LeeleeByoma -- The Dark Web Murders

Post by LeeleeByoma » 08 Jul 2019, 08:52

[Following is a volunteer review of "The Dark Web Murders" by Brian O'Hare.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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The Dark Web Murders is a classic “whodunit”. In August of 2012, Kevin Lane is processed into the Magilligan Prison. When he goes to take a shower a few hours later, two inmates approach him intending to sexually abuse him. In the struggle that follows, Kevin slips and falls, smashing his head against the wall tiles. The two inmates flee the scene, and with no witnesses, Kevin’s death is registered as an accident. Six years later, Chief Inspector Jim Sheehan has a series of murder cases to solve. All the victims’ heads are smashed open with grey matter oozing out of them, and an old-fashioned truncheon is shoved into their rectums. The Chief Inspector and his team follow the ensuing investigation to various locations across Northern Ireland, and one virtual location: the dangerous dark web.


Author, Brian O’Hare, lined up the chapters to chronicle the events in days and different times of the day from 12th to 24th of August. This gave a heightened sense of urgency to the story and made it easy to track the investigation. The author prefaced the book with a list of his well-developed and distinct characters, along with their brief biographies which came in handy. O'Hare explained that reviewers of his earlier books had requested for this list. Thank you, reviewers.


The Dark Web Murders is a brilliantly written work of fiction. Had I not been required to take note of typographical errors, I would have been glad to ignore them. The characters are very distinct in realistic ways, and that is what I loved the most about the book. My second favourite detail is the abundant use of classic British humour; understated but oh, so funny! My third favourite detail is the slick way O’Hare tackled topics of injustice, revenge and retaliation while giving us a glimpse into the depravity of the dark web.


The antagonist is a memorable character whose pain one can understand while disapproving of the methods employed in getting justice. Here’s one valid point made by the antagonist: “Who can say, if they have not experienced the pain of abuse, of degradation, of loss, whether vengeance is retribution or tyranny?” While I can relate with that, I recognise that human beings ought to be bound by laws and a state of order; therefore, we shouldn't go about exacting revenge on those who have wronged us. I had a character whom I fancied for the murder, and I found myself racing through the story to find out if I was right. I was! But rather than feel unsatisfied at the predictability of the conclusion, I felt a sense of accomplishment. Again, such is the power of storytelling. I will now go ahead and put in an application to my local Police department.


There were a few typos, but not enough to disrupt the flow of the book. Moreover, the book still came across as a professionally edited book. The one feature which I did not like was where our antagonist left a significant clue for the police to decipher in a poem. The message in the poem was glaring, yet the entire team of detectives could not see it. I found that to be rather unrealistic but notwithstanding, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars for the masterful storytelling. It is my pleasure to recommend The Dark Web Murders to all lovers of murder mysteries. Readers who cannot stand the gory thoughts of paedophilia, sex slavery and murder should avoid this book.

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Post by sarahmarlowe » 10 Jul 2019, 10:06

"I had a character whom I fancied for the murder, and I found myself racing through the story to find out if I was right. I was! But rather than feel unsatisfied at the predictability of the conclusion, I felt a sense of accomplishment. Again, such is the power of storytelling. I will now go ahead and put in an application to my local Police department."

This is the joy that comes from reading a good book! Thanks for your recommendation!
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Post by LeeleeByoma » 10 Jul 2019, 15:43

sarahmarlowe wrote:
10 Jul 2019, 10:06
"I had a character whom I fancied for the murder, and I found myself racing through the story to find out if I was right. I was! But rather than feel unsatisfied at the predictability of the conclusion, I felt a sense of accomplishment. Again, such is the power of storytelling. I will now go ahead and put in an application to my local Police department."

This is the joy that comes from reading a good book! Thanks for your recommendation!
Absolutely! Thanks for reading the review.

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Post by Ekta Kumari » 10 Jul 2019, 16:34

I really like how you've expressed your thoughts on the book's themes. This seems to be a worthwhile read for any fan of crime mysteries. Although you were able to predict the conclusion, I've a feeling that this has a good enough plot to keep the readers hooked. Thanks for the honest and thorough review, though.
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Post by LeeleeByoma » 10 Jul 2019, 17:03

Ekta Kumari wrote:
10 Jul 2019, 16:34
I really like how you've expressed your thoughts on the book's themes. This seems to be a worthwhile read for any fan of crime mysteries. Although you were able to predict the conclusion, I've a feeling that this has a good enough plot to keep the readers hooked. Thanks for the honest and thorough review, though.
The plot definitely kept me hooked. Thanks for your kind comment.

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Post by kdstrack » 11 Jul 2019, 14:57

I have enjoyed other books by this same author. Your review makes this seem like another worthy read. Thanks for the excellent recommendation - (Officer Byoma??)

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Post by LeeleeByoma » 11 Jul 2019, 15:03

kdstrack wrote:
11 Jul 2019, 14:57
I have enjoyed other books by this same author. Your review makes this seem like another worthy read. Thanks for the excellent recommendation - (Officer Byoma??)
Officer Byoma reporting for duty! Thank you for your nice comment.

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Post by LinaMueller » 14 Jul 2019, 12:18

The plot seems to be pretty good. Thanks for your great review, LeeleeByoma.
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Post by LeeleeByoma » 14 Jul 2019, 12:41

LinaMueller wrote:
14 Jul 2019, 12:18
The plot seems to be pretty good. Thanks for your great review, LeeleeByoma.
It really is good.

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Post by rumik » 15 Jul 2019, 19:17

I really agree with you about the poem, the whole scene was really annoying as none of them could figure it out! But for the most part, I did enjoy the book. Thanks for the review!

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Post by LeeleeByoma » 15 Jul 2019, 19:27

rumik wrote:
15 Jul 2019, 19:17
I really agree with you about the poem, the whole scene was really annoying as none of them could figure it out! But for the most part, I did enjoy the book. Thanks for the review!
I'm glad I wasn't the only one who found that scene odd. Thanks for reading my review.

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