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Author: Sally Harris

The Familiar Dark by Amy Engel review – a gripping, graphic hunt for the truth

The seedy underbelly of a small Missouri town is exposed when two young girls are brutally murdered one snowy night in this gripping psychological thriller. The opening chapter in The Familiar Dark is titled “The End.” and is a short, shocking page and a half that draws the reader straight into the narrative.

“They died during a freak April snowstorm, blood pooling on a patchy bed of white.”

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The House on the Lake by Nuala Ellwood review – gripping and dark, but with a glimmer of hope

The House on the Lake opens with an anonymous narrator reflecting on the loss of all she ever wanted. “Love. Family. Home.” The reader has no idea how she has fallen into this dire situation but something terrible has happened. There is blood in the snow and the police are breaking down the door.

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