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Reviews

‘A skilfully plotted story, with strongly drawn characters, and the tension builds slowly to a clever dénouement.'
Sunday Telegraph

‘An adept stylist.’
The New York Times

‘This stunning British suspense story will keep readers edgy and guessing until the very end… A first-rate chiller.’
The Booklist

'Murphy is absolutely fair as she moves her totally credible team of cops through each possibility, with some doors a opening and others closing (or appearing to close) at every turn. And her villain, who never shows Clara his face, is all the more frightening because of his rough-edged intelligence. . . [A] high-tension thriller.'
Publishers Weekly

‘An excellent novel, told from three points of view: those of the perpetrator, the victim, and the police… [A] well written thriller, told with compassion, but without sugar-coating.’
Mystery News

‘This is a real winner!’
The Romantic Times Bookclub

‘This must-read from Murphy is nothing short of spectacular, combining suspense and unbearable chills with depth and substance wrapped perfectly within a taut police procedural . . . This is a brilliant and intelligent read… Highly recommended, but with a warning, lock your doors and leave the lights on, because the fear it instills is deep.’ (5 bolts!)
New Mystery Reader www.newmysteryreader.com

‘It looks as if the reigning queen of the British psychological thriller, Val McDermid, has some competition.’
Deadly Pleasures

‘Fans will value this dark psychological thriller that does not let go until the final ante, is raised.’
The Midwest Book Review

'Murphy generates a powerful sense of menace and the dreadful fear that something awful is about to happen . . . if Murphy's appointed task is to scare the reader out of his or her pants, she succeeds brilliantly.'
Literary Review

'Margaret Murphy has managed to produce another outstanding psychological thriller, cleverly subverting the accepted conventions of the power-trip kidnapping story . . . Darkness Falls is a powerful work whose surprising central story comes to a genuinely moving conclusion, driven by Murphy's grasp of motivation and character.'
Sherlock Magazine

'Gripping from the beginning.'
Yorkshire Post

'A gripping thriller - the sort you want to devour in one sitting.'
Manchester Evening News

'Menacing psychological thriller with a clever plot.'
Glasgow Evening Times

'This is a piece of absolutely terrifying writing!'
North Wales Chronicle

'Set aside a day - you won't be able to put it down once it has you in its grip.'
Val McDermid

'Just what British crime writing is crying out for - a compassionate, grass roots British novel with the pace, energy and impeccable research of an American thriller.'
Mo Hayder

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