A Dark Redemption introduces DI Jack Carrigan and DS Geneva Miller as they investigate the brutal rape and murder of a young Ugandan student. Plunged into an underworld of illegal immigrant communities, they discover that the murdered girl's studies at a London College may have threatened to reveal things that some people will go to any lengths to keep secret....
Unflinching, inventive, and intelligent, A Dark Redemption explores a sinister case that will force DI Carrigan to face up to his past and DS Miller to confront what path she wants her future to follow.
©2012 Stav Sherez (P)2012 Audible Ltd
"A Dark Redemption is a clever, multi-layered beginning to a promising new series...Sherez does a masterful job with a particularity haunting plot." (Henry Sutton, Book of the Week in The Daily Mirror)
"The powerful flashbacks set in Uganda, where, as callow postgraduates, Carrigan and his friends were caught up in the atrocities perpetrated by the deranged members of the Lord's Resistance Army, promise something quite different, and Sherez doesn't disappoint. [...] Fast paced and slick, this is the first in what could well be an outstanding series." (Laura Wilson, The Guardian)
Mr Sherez introduces a relatively standard set up by pairing together two very different police officers (think Morse and Lewis or innumerable other examples and you won’t be far wrong). The story is however better than that premise suggests, and as DI Carrigan and DS Miller investigate a series of deaths in London they become involved in the world of refugee child soldiers who have fled to the UK from conflict in Africa.
The tale involves the twists and turns that you would expect in a good crime novel and certainly there were twists which I did not anticipate. If that were all, the book would be a decent three stars. It drops one through the editing.
At times A Dark Redemption reads like a self published Kindle story, and I was surprised to see that it’s published by Faber and Faber. There were two particular issues which annoyed me. First, Mr Sherez seems to have no faith in the power of his adjectives. Nothing is simply described as ‘old‘ or ‘blue‘ or ‘deep’. Rather, it is ‘old like ….’, ‘blue as …‘ or “deep in a way which reminded …’ The repeated use of simile becomes a distraction.
Second, and more fundamentally, the dialogue is at times unconvincing, particularly when non-native English speakers are supposedly talking. Characters use words and phrases which real people just do not use.
Both of these issues could have been corrected relatively easily by a decent editor, but as it stands they distract from what would otherwise be a pretty solid listen.
really enjoyed this book and happy to have come across another author as good as Val Mcdermid and Peter James
A well paced novel that has good twists and turns. Sets characters up well to continue into another story. Feels like the first of many so lacks that certain something that comes with knowing the characters well - looking forward to number 2 and have a feeling 3 will be even better.
This book is not just another detective story it reflects on the horrors of war and the impact it has on those who get caught up in it. It is very emotive and the story builds nicely till its climate.
Carrigan and Miller were beginning to grow on me by the end of the audio and although I only rated this work as a 3, it wont stop me buying the next book in the series.
So,let's just say it was an enjoyable read, with a lot of scope for creating a cracking series.
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