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  • Stuart Turton succeeds again!

    Having read and raved to anyone who would listen about The Seven (and a half) Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle which was Stuart Turton’s debut book I had very high expectations of The Devil and The Dark Water. Firstly, the books are in no way related to each other, besides the author’s skill at creating a complex and thrilling plot. The Devil and the Dark Water is set in the 1600s as a ship sets sail with a curse aboard. We meet a thrilling cast of characters – something else which Turton seems particularly skilled at creating. There’s Sherlock Holmes-esque Samuel Pipps who is locked onboard as a prisoner, his loyal bodyguard Arent Hayes, noble-woman Sara who is ahead of her time and her brilliant daughter Lia. They are surrounded by an interesting and ruthless crew who may turn on them at a moments notice, as well as a priest and his assistant, both with mysterious pasts. The book is very well plotted and the story clips along a good pace, although I must admit it did feel a little slow in places. It’s a great setting for a book and the claustrophobic air of the ship really works well for a murder mystery. There’s also an amount of superstition and the supernatural as well which keeps you guessing – I don’t think I’d guessed any part of the overall plot which is very unlike me! The end twist in particular really shocked me and I did not see it coming. The book also sets up a sequel which I would be interested in reading as I felt I would like to get to know some of the characters a little better. That said, it does work well as a standalone piece as well. Overall The Devil and The Dark Water showed off more of Stuart Turton’s talents as an author and I can’t wait to read what he writes next. Thank you to NetGalley & Bloomsbury Publishing Plc – Raven Books for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Good book

    This is a good murder/mystery book which is set in the 17th century, where the characters are on board a ship called the Saardam which is going to Amsterdam. The main characters are called Sara and Arent and they have to solve the mystery of Old Tom, who is said to be a demon. I found the story interesting, I liked the characters and the writing was very good.

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  • Death

    Excellent.The story was gripping and thrilling. full of mystery and superb ending.

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  • Well worth a read

    Engaging story and I love that I didn’t guess the ending! Such a twist that had me 😮 loved the plot, refreshingly different!

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  • Enjoyable but over-complicated

    Enjoyable but somewhat over-long and over-complicated, with the answer to the mystery needing many pages of exposition to reveal—there’s no way a reader could work it all out.

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