#BookReview of The Man in the Dark by Jonathan Whitelaw @urbanebooks @JDWhitelaw13 #lovebookstour

Posted September 27, 2019 by Zoé in Book Reviews, Reviews and Stuff / 2 Comments

#BookReview of The Man in the Dark by Jonathan Whitelaw @urbanebooks @JDWhitelaw13 #lovebookstourThe Man in the Dark by Jonathan Whitelaw
Also by this author: Hellcorp
Published by Urbane Publications on September 26, 2019
Pages: 360
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Fantastically imaginative - Jonathan Whitelaw is a terrific writer. - Jo Spain, bestselling author of The Confession

The Devil's back - and he's STILL not had a holiday.

There's another mystery to solve - a woman kidnapped by terrorists and the world trying to find her. While he hates doing God's bidding, The Devil can't resist trying to put one over on Him. But nothing is EVER that simple.

While The Devil helps the London cops crack the case, there's trouble in the Underworld. And two of humanity's greatest backstabbers - Brutus and Cassius - are sharpening their knives with an eye on stealing his crown.

It's a race against time to find the girl, be the bad guy and maybe, just maybe, stop the apocalypse.

My Review

OMG what a bloody hoot this book was! I just adore Whitelaw’s writing style! To write a macabre crime thriller and to throw in an apocalypse all in such a jovial way made me just speed through this book chuckling away!

The Devil got his holiday…..well he got a couple of hours until he got summoned! Does this guy ever get a break? Just one more mission, just one “chore” for Him (or Her) and maybe he can enjoy peace…ha ha who are we kidding!

I absolutely love the way this is written, the Devil a petulant child almost sulking, wanting to get back down below and not be living and walking around with us. Instead he’s tasked with trying to find a missing woman Medina Cade and along the way he has to work with a police officer, cue side entrance from Laurie! I loved her sass and her balance with life at home with her husband Andy and her daughter Matty.

I could sit here all day and gush about how much fun this book is. It really is a crime thriller, it’s fast paced and so high octane but the way it is written you fly through because it is that much fun. Even though everything about this book is dark and sinister when you read it it feels all light and happy! I mean how can murders, werewolf type people, riots be happy? There are tense times where you are urging the characters to get a move on, get out the situation but the Devil’s dry humour defuses the situation, almost like a Jack Dee humour! No time for frivolity, he has a job to do and wants it done yesterday!

I really enjoyed my second outing with the Devil, I did wonder how you could top a book which opens with a Pope farting, but Whitelaw has definitely achieved that! I just can not wait for my next trip out…I mean there will be a third won’t there?!?! I need to know if the Devil ever gets his holiday!!!

Until next time xxx


Thank you so much to Kelly at Love Book Groups for the tour invite and the author for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review

About Jonathan Whitelaw

Jonathan Whitelaw is an author, journalist and broadcaster. After working on the frontline of Scottish politics, he moved into journalism. Subjects he has covered have varied from breaking news, the arts, culture and sport to fashion, music and even radioactive waste – with everything in between. He’s also a regular reviewer and talking head on shows for the BBC and STV. ‘HellCorp’ is his second novel following his debut, ‘Morbid Relations’.

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