#BlogTour #Review : The Man in the Dark by Jonathan Whitelaw @JDWhitelaw13 @urbanebooks #LoveBooksTours

Today I’m reviewing this unusual book which is the second in the series, the first being Hellcorp, which I will be reviewing in a future post. Many thanks to LoveBooksTours and Urbane books for having me on the tour and sending me a copy of the book to review.

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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 stop the apocalypse.


My Review: There’s a quote on the back of my copy of the book that describes it as being a combination of crime, horror and comedy and I think that is spot on. I struggled to work out how to review this book because it so different from everything else I’ve ever read. That’s not a criticism at all, just my way of explaining that this might be a rambly (is that a word?) review.

We start off with the Devil being summond by God and resisting the summoning, after all, he was promised a holiday after last time and hasn’t been able to enjoy it yet. Sadly the resistance leads to him partially agreeing to unspecified changes in Hell and then being dragged into the Human world before he can consider these changes further. In the Human world he has to find out what happened to a woman who has been kidnapped. This is tricky enough on it’s own but add to that that the world slowly starts rioting and turning in on itself and that adds another layer to the whole story.

To strip it down to the basics what we have is a story of the Devil and a human trying to solve a mystery before the world destroys itself. Now clearly this is not your standard story and even stripping it back, it still sounds different and piques my curiosity. However, there’s more to it than that. What’s missing from my basic outline is the personalities of the human but more so that of the Devil. He’s mischievous, cheeky, completely full of himself, constantly complaining about being put in a human body that he doesn’t like and spends the rest of his time despairing at humans or puzzling over their displays of affection and other emotions that he doesn’t understand or have any use for.

The whole book is a romp from start to finish. It’s scary, has a thread of humour all the way through and the crime element from the kidnapping case. It’s fast-paced, the action whizzes along and takes you with it and then every now and then drops you into a scene where the tension is palpable and you can’t decide what to do next; after that brief interlude it then picks you up and whizzes along again.

It’s not going to be to everyone’s taste, that much is clear. However, if the above sounds like your cup of tea then you’ll have a fabulous time in this story, and I’ve deliberately said ‘in’ here because that’s what happens, you disappear into the book and ollnly resurface at the end, grasping at reality and wondering what exactly just happened. Fabulous!

About the author: 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.

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