From the author of the Amazon top 20 best seller The Trespass....
DCI Brendan Moran, world-weary veteran of 1970s Ireland, is recuperating from a near-fatal car crash when a murder is reported at Charnford Abbey.
The abbot and his monks are strangely uncooperative, but when a visitor from the Vatican arrives and an ancient relic goes missing, the truth behind Charnford's pact of silence threatens to expose not only the abbey's haunted secrets, but also the spirits of Moran's own troubled past....
Black December is an atmospheric crime thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the stunning climax....
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An entertaining read.
I have to comment about the narrator first because he was brilliant! He made this book so much better. He gave each character their own voice and it was easy to follow who was talking. Being Irish, I know a good Irish accent when I hear it and boy did Wayne Farrell do it perfectly. So well done to him and I will definitely be checking out more narrated by him.
Character wise, I loved DCI Brendan Moran. He had that typical weary Irish attitude. He is intent on finding out what happened at the Abbey, despite the closed ranks of the monks. He has been through the mill and wont be made a fool of. He was smart, cranky and an all round descent human.
The plot was fairly fast paced. There are many layers to the story, that unwind throughout. Some I saw coming but plenty I didn't. I loved that it was set in December too because nothing screams creepy like a snowstorm in an old Abbey!! Speaking of, I loved the Abbey setting. Priests have always been something that are unapproachable and secretive, so to have it set in an Abbey really ramped up the tension.
In all, this was a gripping and entertaining read. It had plenty of twists and kept my attention throughout. I really hope we see more from the cranky Irish detective!!
*I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
- Natalie @ BookLoversLife
A great listen
- Bonita G. Ellis