The Darker Side

The Darker Side
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, Book # 3
Hachette UK
May 14, 2009
July 1, 2017 July 6, 2017

Imagine a serial killer who has already struck a horrific number of times. A killer who discovers people's secrets -- the deepest, darkest secrets we keep even from ourselves -- and uses them to target and destroy his victims. The case begins with a shock, and the twists keep coming, when FBI Special Agent Smoky Barrett and her team investigate a murder brazenly committed on a flight from Texas to Virginia. Who will the next victim be? Everyone in the world has secrets. Even Smoky.

About the Book

This is the 3rd book in the series. I loved the first book, not really that much the second but I loved this one. I couldn’t stop reading.

As I said before, I love serial killers, reading about them and their motivation. And more killings there are, more I like a book.

Smoky Barrett, an FBI agent, is called by the Director of the FBI himself to solve a very delicate case. A woman is murdered on the plane travelling from Texas to Virginia but is this only the beginning or is the end of the most prolific serial killer in American History?

From a murder on a plane, Smoky is taken to a serial killer who murders women with secret sins, confessed only to different priests in the attempt to ask for redemption. But why these women don’t make news? And how the killer knows their sins? Obviously not from the priests, bound by the confessional secret, so what is happening?

Someone could get offended by this book, since it talks about the Roman Catholic Church, but I am not and I am Catholic. Obviously I’m not a blind following Catholic and I know the Church has its fall-outs so maybe that’s why I’m not offended by this.

Sometimes there are plot holes and that’s why I gave 4 stars instead of 5 but overall I couldn’t wait for the end. I had to keep reading because I was so entrapped by the plot that I wanted to know why and how and who.

I don’t know if it’s a translation problem, but the age of Smoky adopted kid is all over the place. First it is said that she’s 6 y.o. when her mother died so you think she is 6 when Smoky brings her in. Then it is said that it has been 3 years since her husband died, but then the kid is 12… something is not right but I don’t know if it’s the author’s mistake or the translator… Someone who read it in English can confirm it?

Mr McFadyen’s books are quite dark, the violence is written as it is happening and the torture is crude so some people may not be able to stomach it, but you can skip a few pages and you will understand everything anyway.

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