From the Dark by KA Richardson – Book Review

Published by Bloodhound Books on 21 November 2018
Antonia Baillie is a true Romani gypsy – she has the gift of foresight and uses this to help people.
When the ghosts of the past come calling, can she put her own fears aside and work with the police to help find who is torturing and killing young men?
Detective Sergeant Mark McKay has never had a need to solve a case using a psychic. He doesn’t believe in it – pure and simple.
But when Antonia tells him the name of a young man and gives him details specific to the case, he can’t help but change his view when a body matching what she says, is found in the vaults deep under the city.
Mark and Antonia race against a spree of monstrous crimes, long-standing grudges and the perils of the darkness in the vaults under Edinburgh to try and find a sadistic killer before time runs out.
Can they stop him before he strikes again?
Will they discover who is responsible?
And can they do it without becoming victims themselves?
“It had taken him months to finally choose something apt to leaveq behind. That card would be his signature. The one thing he would leave at all of his kills. This was his first but it wouldn’t be his last. It couldn’t have gone more to plan.”
This first paragraph had me hooked in this gruesome, horrific, brilliant police procedural.
Mark McKay is obsessed with ensuring a murderer, Francis Wright, who had been found not guilty, due to errors in the chain of evidence, is finally convicted of his crimes.
However, new murders are committed with young men being tortured first, brutally killed then left for the public to find in the dark vaults beneath the streets of Edinburgh.
Mark meets an old ‘flame’, Toni, an ex-Romani with the sight, who gives him specific details of the murders and who he falls for all over again with some frightening consequences for both of them.
Is Francis the murderer or is it someone closer to home?
There are some insights into the Romani culture and the gay scene in Edinburgh, with some, at times graphic, descriptions of both.
K A Richardson has created an atmospheric, dark thriller and the descriptive writing makes you almost as claustrophobic as DS McKay in those dark vaults. A fast paced, page turning, heart thumping read, brilliant.
About K.A. Richardson:
KA Richardson is a crime writer based in North East England. She has worked for the police for around 8 years, both as a CSI (crime scene investigator) and also in alternate roles involving dealing with people in heightened states of emotion. She spends a lot of time in coffee shops, both writing and people watching. She began focussing on writing as a career in 2011 when she competed her MA Creative Writing, and focuses primarily on the crime/police procedural genre.

Thank you to Emma Welton from Bloodhound Books and the author for inviting me to take part in this exciting Blog Blitz for From The Dark