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Into The Woods
by David Mark
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Cover image of the book 'Into the Woods' by author Mark David




“Eve listens. Files the information away. Looks up at the smudge of grey clouds and can’t help wondering whether she could ever have tolerated a life like this. She reckons she could probably still play the role of farmer’s wife – she has the strong forearms and the round, red cheeks that she associates with the cartoon caricature version of the role. She just isn’t sure about the making jam and the beating eggs and making packed lunches for some taciturn husband. Can’t see herself rubbing blood and afterbirth off a new lamb with a fistful of damp straw. Can’t imagine tweezing white hairs from the black face of a champion tup. She’d rather just get on with what she’s good at. Get on with being a copper; a thief-taker.

Not that her single-mindedness hasn’t cost her dear. Her last three lovers have all told her she’s too much like hard work. She’s felt sorrow at the end of each relationship but she has never felt regret. She’s twenty-nine, a detective sergeant, a respected copper with a record that shows more commendations than black marks. She had to move to this little corner of England to take a step up the career ladder but she doesn’t view it as a sacrifice. She’s learning to love it here, in this dull brown blob in the top left-hand corner of the map. It’s only forty miles from one side to the other but the variety is such that on any given day she could be called to locations as different in character as the sun and the moon.

Cottages; castles; urban sink estates glaring out into the sea. She’d thought that all mountains looked the same. Now she feels able to recognise the different fells from description alone. She favours the wilder lands; the rugged mountaintops with their serrated edges and hidden hazards; sudden drops and concealed mineshafts; waterfalls that pound the rocks with a cold, endless fury.

She’s starting to fit in”

Cover image of the book 'Into the Woods' by author Mark David

So, you have taken a look, would you read the book?

Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

Just to give you an extra helping hand, take a look at the book’s premise

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Cover image of the book 'Into the Woods' by author Mark DavidThirty years ago, three school-friends took a walk in the woods.

Only two came back – their memories a jumble of hallucinations and twisted visions.

There is a chilling reason why nobody looked for the missing girl.

Now, disgraced investigator ROWAN BLAKE will discover that in the remote and desolate Wasdale Valley, nothing stays buried forever.

Murder and suspense are entwined with supernatural overtones and blistering social commentary in this fast-paced whodunit set in the rugged surroundings of England’s Lake District

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by:

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Each week she shares her own teaser lines and invites other bloggers to do the same. So if you have a few moments, why not stop by and see what’s on offer this time, after all, you never know where that next great read is going to come from!


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    • Hi Kelly,

      My Blog Tour Review for this one (so long as everything goes according to plan with the publisher because of current lockdown restrictions) is on January 30th, so you might want to make a final judgement then!

      I enjoyed the book, however it is by no means a conventional police procedural / crime thriller. So many lies and cover-ups. So much manipulation and theorising, often made it quite a difficult storyline to follow!

      Trying to avoid spoilers ahead of the review is difficult 🙂

  • Another dark story. “Nothing stays buried forever”… that’s chilling. 🙂 I imagine the girls killed their friend, but usually the story is much more complicated than that.

    • Hi Anca,

      You are on the right track, but not quite there yet – and that’s all I am going to say!

      This is definitely one very dark and twisted story, and a set of characters I didn’t really connect with, although they were very well drawn and defined by the author – just not my cup of tea – not nice people!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

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