Review From User :
5 Spectacular Stars.
Have you ever been scared to crack open a book Nerves jangled Stomach in knots Desperate to find out what happens to your favorite character, yet frightened of what's inside Yep that's me. I had an ARC of "Dark Sacred Night" by Michael Connelly in my hands, a copy of which I was lucky enough to score and I was scared straight. Dying to open it and start reading, yet terrified. What if it doesn't measure up With each passing year, my anxiety has reached greater heights when it comes to a new Harry Bosch novel. Can Michael Connelly deliver The answer to that question, is yes. Time and again, a resounding YES. Some authors, fail and just kind of follow a formula, if you know what I mean. Not Michael Connelly. Whatever it is, he has it.
That said, well, I couldn't help but worry. About Harry Bosch. If you all know anything about me, you know I LOVE MY HARRY BOSCH. He has my heart. And so it goes.
This time around, Harry Bosch partners with Renee Ballard on a case near and dear to his heart. Daisy Clayton.
Renee Ballard works the Late Show - we met her for the first time last year. She is tenacious, smart and she loves her job. The cops in Hollywood Division don't care for her very much because she has made lots of trouble for them, standing up for what she believes in, herself. In that way, she's a lot like Bosch.
Harry still works as a reserve cop in San Fernando Valley, however, one cold case still eats away at him and it is that of Daisy Clayton, who was brutally murdered years ago. He knows evidence still exists at Hollywood Station, so he goes looking for it and Ballard catches him. Once she looks into it, she too, is intrigued and she can't help but want to work it. Bosch and Ballard, Partners Yep. It happens and it happens here.
Can two people who are alike in some ways and different in others figure out a way to work together Bosch is a grumpy old man (at least compared to Ballard) yet he's a darn good cop - but then so is Ballard. Though she's young, she's got great instincts. I admit that I had my doubts about these two partnering up (but perhaps that's because I want Bosch all to myself! Lol!).
From that moment on, once their investigations kicked off, my breath caught in my throat and my heart was in my sleeve. These two detectives think like no others. This case, it gets to both of them for different reasons and their investigation never stops and the risks don't matter. Not to them. Where it leads, I cannot say. Their path is not an easy one. But I'm sure you knew that. Are you holding your breath I bet you are. Is your chest tight tight tight Once you start reading "Dark Sacred Night" I have a feeling it will be, just like mine was. The ride is wild and terrifying. I can't wait for you to give it a spin.
Bosch and Ballard are characters that stay with you. Renee Ballard tries her best to follow the rules, yet the cases she works, they own her. The only thing she needs are her surf board, her dog Lola and her Grams. As for Bosch, well, you know him: his daughter Maddie and solving cases are the only things he cares about in this life. He is tried and true and in case it isn't obvious, he is still my favorite detective. As for these two together Well, I think they are kindred spirits. I hope you'll agree.
Kudos to Michael Connelly for a continuing to write such incredible mystery / suspense novels year after year. Thank you also for staying true to one of my favorite characters: Harry Bosch. Thank you also to Little Brown and Company for an ARC of this novel. I was thrilled to receive a complimentary copy. All thoughts are my own.
Published on 8.9.18 on Goodreads, Twitter and Instagram.
**Will be published on Amazon on 10.30.18.
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