4 out of 4 stars
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Let me start by saying that I like reading crime novels. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Dark Web Murders by Brian O'Hare and rate it 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to lovers of the genre - mature audience only as explained further down. The book is fourth in a series, and I will probably read the first three as well.
After the gruesome death of a prominent judge, inspector Sheehan and his colleagues are called in to investigate the judge's murder. When a second murder occurs, with the same modus operandi, it is clear the cases are linked, but the team has difficulty finding a connection between the two victims. The killer is not yet satisfied and continues his murders, seemingly without making mistakes and without leaving clues.
During the investigation, the police stumble on a blog on the Dark Web. This Dark Web is a part of the internet with well-hidden access to all kinds of illegal activity. In his blog entries, the killer calls himself Nemein and gives lengthy descriptions of his thought process and the actual murders. Will these blog entries help to identify the killer? Will the police be able to avoid another death?
The book gives an overview of the protagonists before starting the actual story. This overview is helpful for the readers to refer to in case of confusion. It is not necessary, though, since the book itself gives enough information about the different characters and their role in the story. I enjoyed reading the book. It has all the right ingredients for spending several enjoyable hours: crime, suspense, clues about the killer, comments about an innocent bystander, making this person look suspicious. I was not surprised when the killer's identity was revealed, I suspected him throughout the book, even if the author made me doubt my choice now and then by adding false clues. Like in any good crime mystery, the inspector explains in the end how he figured everything out.
There are a few typos in the book. I also sometimes found the blog entries a bit too lengthy, but this may be due to my reading in the evenings when tired. These two minor comments do not impact the perfect rating of this book. As mentioned above, the murders are gruesome, and the book describes the gory details. There is also a lot of reference to abnormal sexual activity. Keeping this in mind, I recommend the book to a mature audience, which is fine with explicit details in written text.
The Dark Web Murders
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