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from FictionZeal.com re: A Darker Domain by Val McDermid

A Darker Domain - Val McDermid

Belle Richards discovered something that would surely boost her journalistic career to the next level.  She was dreaming of it becoming the next big story.  She recognized the puppeteer posters, hidden in a run-down Italian villa in Tuscany, for what they were – the tools that had been used over twenty years before to communicate with Sir Brody Grant, making their demands to release his kidnapped daughter and grandson.


Collaterally, we have Misha who goes to DI Karen Pirie, part of the cold case team in Fife, to report a missing person – her dad – he went missing 22 years before.  She’s thinking that if she finds him, he may be a match for the bone marrow transplant needed to save her son who has a rare disease.  If he’s found, she’s hoping he will agree to help.


The premise is awesome.  It was enjoyable to watch both Belle Richards and DI Karen Pirie work on clues of two separate instances which would eventually connect.  It took a while because instead of going to the police, Belle had taken her documents directly to Sir Brody.  The police would stall the process, but Sir Brody Grant, who lost his daughter and failed to get his grandson back, would provide all she needed to move the investigation forward.  The novel had a heaping dose of suspense and the story was told alternatively from the present (2008) and 1984.  However, the ending, which dropped off like lemmings over a cliff, was a disappointment.  It felt rushed, confusing, and failed to answer some of my basic questions.  Also, for those sensitive to language, the f-word was used multiple times.  Rating: 2.5 out of 5.