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Book Review: The Darkness Within By Graeme Hampton

(AD) Hello and Happy New Year. My first review for 2021 is The Darkness Within by Graeme Hampton. Thank you to Sarah over at Books on the Bright Side Publicity for allowing me this opportunity.


You can run… but death will always find you

A man is discovered on a leafy North London street, fighting for life after a brutal beating. DI Matthew Denning and his team are quickly called in to to track down the monster responsible.

Except the victim is hiding secrets of his own. His name shows that he was reported missing two decades ago – but it’s clear that the missing person is not the same man lying broken in a hospital bed.

A visit to a squalid East London flat unearths a victim with his throat slit, his body left to decompose. A sad end to any life – but when it is identified as former DCI Frank Buckfield, star of the Met police, the case takes on a new significance.

Two seemingly unrelated cases – but as Denning, along with DS Molly Fisher, investigates further, they uncover links between the two victims that lead back to a ring of silence cloaking the blackest of crimes.

But as Denning and Fisher try to track down a killer with revenge on their mind, they find themselves pitted against a psychopath who will kill to keep their secrets hidden. Can they uncover the truth, before they end up the latest victims?

The latest in the gripping London crime series featuring DI Matthew Denning and DS Molly Fisher, The Darkness Within is a must-read if you like Angela Marsons, L.J. Ross or Joy Ellis.


When I was offered The Darkness Within as a blog tour opportunity I was immediately drawn in with the blurb. I have had a rough time reading over the last few month due to everything going on and really wanted to get stuck into a good crime novel.

I was sucked straight into the story and found the characters really interesting. I feel there is a lot more to Molly than meets the eye and I am really hoping that we see more from her in future books.

I have not read the first or second books in the series Know No Evil and Blood Family so you can be assured I will be picking these up asap. Saying this, The Darkness Within can be read as a standalone novel. I didn’t even realise initially that there was a couple of books set before this one.

Graeme is a fantastic writer and spins fantastic tales which are unpredictable and entertaining. A great start to the new year!

About The Author

Graeme Hampton was born in Paisley, and grew up in Stirling. After leaving school, he trained as a stage manager and worked in London for a number of years. He returned to Scotland in his late twenties to study for a BA in English Literature at Stirling University. His first novel, Know No Evil – featuring Met detectives DI Matt Denning and DS Molly Fisher – was published in 2019 by Hera Books. This was
followed by Blood Family in January 2020. The Darkness Within is the third novel in
the series. Graeme lives in Hastings, East Sussex.

Twitter: @GHam001

Instagram: graeme_hampton

Thank you for reading.

Emma-Louise Smith

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