Blog Tour Stop! Dark Sky Island by Lara Dearman
Is there anything better than finding an amazing book (and author) and then finding out its park of a book series?! No there is NOT! I was already excited to be part of this blog tour, because the book itself sounded amazing, and now I have won that bookworm lottery with a brand new favorite series to jump into.
This book has every element that I want in my stories lately - well developed and complicated characters, intriguing and atmospheric settings, mystery, twists and a plot that I fall completely into and can’t put down.
An inspector and journalist join forces to uncover long-buried secrets, simmering resentments, and a chilling murder in a tiny, remote island in the English Channel.
The tiny island of Sark lies isolated in the dark waters of the Channel Islands. No cars are allowed. No streetlamps light its paths. It is the world’s only Dark Sky Island. This breathtaking patch of land seems the picture of tranquility—but at its heart lies a web of murder, deceit, and hidden danger.
When bones are discovered on Derrible Bay and an elderly resident is violently murdered, DCI Michael Gilbert from the nearby island of Guernsey is called in to tackle the case. With his department under fire, he needs to find the killer—and fast. Joining him is newspaper reporter Jennifer Dorey, whose father died in a mysterious drowning off the island. As Michael struggles to crack the case and Jennifer launches her own investigation, the island’s residents are left reeling and soon, their dark secrets begin to unravel threatening everything.
On an island steeped in superstition, where tales of hauntings and devil craft abound, Michael and Jenny race to discover the truth in Dark Sky Island, the second tantalizing installment of Lara Dearman’s Jennifer Dorey mysteries.
Setting a book and a story on a remote island like this is absolute perfection. Lara manages to bring the island fully to life on the page and it becomes a character all it’s own. I love a book that makes me feel like I’ve visited that location, or like I could and I would run into the locals in the story, and Sark has become that location for me. I grew up in a very small town, and I felt such a connection to the location - the way small towns operate, the gossip, the crime, the politics, the people. I am completely enamored with Sark and I would love to visit it. The added layer of incorporating the old local yore into the story was also perfection - I wasn’t sure how I would feel about superstition playing a central role to the story, but it added so much depth to the mystery itself that I found myself wanting more.
I also love a book that moves the point of view from character to character and let’s the story and the mystery unravel itself a tiny bit at a time. Getting to see the perspectives of both Micheal and Jennifer made them both all the more relatable to me, and now I am fully invested in seeing where they go next.
I want so badly to dive into the nitty gritty of the plot of this book and debate it in depth, but I just cannot let one detail escape for readers who haven’t yet had the luck to become part of the Sark world. This is a book that genuinely deserves to be read without spoilers, so that you too can lose yourself in the pages. What I will say is that this is one of those books that make for perfect summer night reading - it’s story is going to suck you in.
I won’t lie, when I finished this one, I immediately ordered the first book in this series, and if that is not a point of high praise I don’t know what is. I can’t wait to dive into that one and get more of the backstory of Jenny and her father - I have no doubt I will love it just as much as this one.
So friends, don’t wait, go and grab your own copy of this wild ride, and join me in my love affair with Sark.