Book Review: Dark Room by Tom Becker ****

UK Publishing Date: 10 Sept 2015. 352 pages.

Dark Room is the first Tom Becker novel that I’ve picked up. I didn’t have very high hopes when I started reading it. A teenage serial killer, with a love of photography? It had the capacity to be truly awful. Instead it was a thoroughly readable thriller with twists and turns and a genuine taste of darkness.

Darla lives with her Dad, Hopper. He’s a bit of a con man, living from drink to drink and as a result they constantly find themselves moving around the country. From one trailer park to another. After one particularly nasty encounter with an angry gun wielding local they find themselves in a small town called Saffron Hills. It is a chance for a new beginning and soon Darla is enrolled in school and Hopper is looking for a job.

Saffron Hills is full of beautiful people and the student body isn’t particularly welcoming to the new hillbilly kid. The town is gearing up for the annual beauty pageant and it isn’t long before things start to take a deadly turn.

This book was so well written that I could see everything in my head as the plot unfolded and each of the characters has their own distinct personality and flavour. It was very easy to get totally immersed in the plot. It would make a fantastic mini-series or horror movie.

The twist at the end makes you gasp out loud. I thought I had worked it out but was still surprised at how it all panned out.

Supplied by Net Galley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

You can get the book here: Dark Room (Red Eye)

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