We’re excited for….

Darkside, the second novel from Belinda Bauer, author of the 2010 Crime Writer’s Association Gold Dagger Award winning novel Blacklands.

Darkside is a literary thriller about the hunt for a serial killer in a small town in the English countryside.

A little more about the book….

Shipcott in bleak mid-winter: a close-knit community where no stranger goes unnoticed. So when an elderly woman is murdered in her bed, village policeman Jonas Holly is doubly shocked. How could someone have killed and left no trace?

Jonas finds himself sidelined as the investigation is snatched away from him by an abrasive senior detective. Is his first murder investigation over before it’s begun?

But this isn’t the end of it for Jonas, because someone in the village is taunting him, blaming him for the tragedy, and watching every move he makes…

Read an excerpt on the author’s website.

See what the critics are saying:

“Genteel and suspenseful … a most promising career.” — Kirkus Reviews, full review here

“Another riveting psychological thriller … Claustrophobic and suffused with pitch-black atmosphere, Bauer’s novel keeps readers guessing until the deliciously unsettling conclusion. No sophomore slump here—fans of Ruth Rendell and Minette Walters would do well to make room on their shelves for Bauer.” — Library Journal, full review here

“Bauer joins such contemporary masters of psychological suspense as Ruth Rendell and Minette Walters with her twisted and tricky second novel … The shattering conclusion pulls no punches and will leave many readers stunned.” — Publishers Weekly, full review here

Darkside is in stores May 3rd.