Blog Tour: The Dark by Derek Flynn

November 2, 2019 Blog Tour, Book review 0 ★★★★

The Dark is the latest offering from Irish author Derek Flynn. I had been meaning to read his books with a while, so when I found the book can be read as a standalone I was happy to throw myself straight in to the middle of this series.

Thanks to Derek Flynn for giving me for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration. As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion

Blog Tour: The Dark by Derek FlynnThe Dark by Derek Flynn
Published by self published on 10 Oct 2019
Genres: Suspense, Thriller
Format: eARC
Source: Received from Author
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John Ryan has had some strange cases. But none as strange as the man who turns up claiming he can’t remember who he is.

As John attempts to find out his mysterious client’s identity, the lights suddenly go out in Choketown.
And then, the dead bodies start to turn up.

The Choketown Killer has returned. And John’s client becomes the number one suspect.

With his city in the grip of a blackout, John begins the hunt for the serial killer as the body count rises and the city is on the brink of spiralling out of control. But the question is: who can he trust?

!@#$ CRIME Murder Mystery Thriller

My Thoughts on The Dark by Derek Flynn

From the startling first page, to the shocking last page, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Choketown is already a dark place to live, as most of it’s inhabitants have fallen down in life and ended up living here. It’s across the bridge from the wealthier Cherokee. The haves live in Cherokee and have-nots and have-been-forgotten about live in Choketown. I got a vivid sense of place from the setting and it made me squirm uncomfortably while reading.

The two main characters John, a PI, and his assistant Rachel are interesting characters. I feel this book only touched on their complex lives and I definitely need to go back and read the prior books to fill myself in on their history. I love that there is no romance between them, as that feels like such a cliche, and I’m glad that Derek Flynn didn’t take them down that route.

When the lights literally go out in Choketown and Cherokee, the scene is set for a gritty, dark, gripping and chilling read. And as if the town wasn’t black enough, we also get an insight to the killer’s mind, and that was darker than blackest black hole you can imagine. You better believe that I was reading this one with all the lights on.

The Dark by @DerekFlynn03 terrified me with a dark, gritty plot, but I read it through the night with all the lights on. I couldn't put it down! #BlogTour #TheDark Click To Tweet

Overall I thought this was a terrifying but engrossing read.

Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars

Who should read The Dark by Derek Flynn

I’d highly recommend this to you if you like dark reads with complex characters who keep you reading late into the night. Fans of Harlan CobenLiz Nugent and Linwood Barclay should also appreciate this one. 

About Derek Flynn

Derek Flynn is an Irish writer and musician with a Masters in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin. He is the author of four novels: BROKEN FALLS, THE DEAD GIRLS, BLACK WOOD, and his latest novel, THE DARK, all of which have been a hit with readers and reviewers alike. His second novel THE DEAD GIRLS was chosen as one of the “Best Irish Books of 2018” by the readers of the Rick O’ Shea Book Club, Ireland’s biggest online book club.

Derek's non-fiction has appeared in a number of publications, including the Irish Times. He is also a regular contributor to, where he writes his "Songbook" column.

Like most writers, he is fuelled solely by caffeine and self-doubt.


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