The Darkness Around Her by Neil White (Dan Grant Trilogy #2)

51ETAhnt8AL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_ See no evil . . . 

When Lizzie Barnsley is murdered along a canal after escaping her abusive boyfriend, Dan Grant is called in to represent her alleged killer, Peter Box. The evidence is strong, but did he actually do it? He didn’t know Lizzie, so why would he kill her?

Hear no evil . . .

As Dan and his investigator, Jayne Brett, begin their case, they discover a number of murders and disappearances along the canals, including the brutal killing of fourteen-year-old Rosie Smith ten years earlier. Rosie’s stepfather Sean had been accused of her murder, but then Dan finds out that Peter tried to confess to that crime as well and was ignored.

Speak no evil . . .

With a client who won’t tell anyone what really happened, Dan and Jayne have their work cut out, but when it becomes clear that Peter Box can’t have been involved in every murder and disappearance, they realise that they may have stumbled on to something far more sinister.

But the clock is ticking and time is running out for the next victim . . .

My Rating: 4/5

My Review: I really like the characters in this trilogy so when I realised book 3 had come out I decided to play catch up with book 2. Even though this is a trilogy I think it can be read as a standalone but I prefer some background when reading a series like this. Dan Grant takes the lead and his job as a lawyer forms the basis for the series. IN book one we met Jayne Brett who was initially a client but is someone who is now a friend and a PI who he uses when needed on a case.

Lizzie Barnsley has been murdered alongside a canal and Peter Box is arrested for her murder. As his lawyer Dan tries and fails to get his client to talk, he soon realises there may be links to a murder that took place 10 years earlier. The victim was 14 year old Rosie Smith, and at the time her step-father was arrested and subsequently acquitted.  However, Dan then discovers that ten years ago Peter Box had gone into a police station to confess to that crime but was ignored.

The story line is pretty intriguing I have to say and although it wasn’t my favourite of Neil White’s it was still pretty engaging. What I absolutely loved was seeing two characters that I really liked both Dan and Jayne. The story has plenty of action and as per usual Dan is thrown into the deep end with the addition of some sad news from his boss which will change his future path. One thing I didn’t see coming was the twist towards the end which I loved. Another solid read from this author and I am going to make sure I read book 3 ASAP!

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