Review: Dark Game by Rachel Lynch

Kelly’s gut turned over as she realised the danger she was in. She heard no sirens. She knew that she was simply collateral. To these men who made a lot of money from the suffering of others, they’d have no problem snuffing her out.

After a scandal forces DI Kelly Porter out of the Met, she returns to her home turf in the Lake District. Crimes in the Cumbrian constabulary tend to be of the minor sort, but Kelly begins work on a cold case that shocked the local community – the abduction and brutal murder of ten-year-old Lottie Davies.

Meanwhile, Kelly is also investigating two seemingly straightforward crimes: a case involving an illegal immigrant, and a robbery following the death of local businessman Colin Day. But evidence comes to light that reveals a web of criminal activity beyond anything Kelly imagined. Behind the veneer of sleepy, touristy towns lies a dark and dangerous underworld. As Kelly threatens to expose those with much to lose, she risks paying the ultimate price to get to the truth…

Don’t miss this taut and gripping debut from a crime writer to watch. Perfect for fans for Carol Dwyer, Patricia Gibney and Angela Marsons.


This is a fantastic novel, a web of inter-woven subplots keeps you turning the page whilst the thrilling narrative stops you from putting the book down.  The story line builds at a pace to keep the reader interested but not too fast as to lose some of the gravitas.

I loved this book, the characters were well developed and the depths of their back stories meant that I could really associate with these people and was able to experience their events with them, both the heroes and the villains.

A wonderful perfect touch was the use of the Lake District, an area of the UK visited by many.  Having been there myself and knowing the areas mentioned, I felt closer to the story – I could imagine characters travelling between destinations and this helped me feel part of the story, I was Kelly’s partner in the crime.  I was with her as she moved forward in solving the puzzles and felt emotionally invested in what I was reading!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, everything about it kept me enthralled and I would happily seek out another of this author’s novels.  For those addicted to crime novels, this is a must read!

Reviewed by Nick


Author Bio

Rachel Lynch grew up in Cumbria and the lakes and fells are never far away from her. London pulled her away to teach History and marry an Army Officer, whom she followed around the globe for thirteen years. A change of career after children led to personal training and sports therapy, but writing was always the overwhelming force driving the future. The human capacity for compassion as well as its descent into the brutal and murky world of crime are fundamental to her work.

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