The Dark Net by Benjamin Percy- Review

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Name         – The Dark Net

Author                  – Benjamin Percy
Publisher              – Houghton Mifflin
Number of Pages – 256
Publishing Year   – 2017
Edition                  – Hardcover

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Rating : 4.0

My Review

The Dark Net- The title as well as cover image provide the readers with the impression of a tragic, colourless tale. While starting off with the book, I was not expecting any flavours that incite the taste buds of a reader. Nevertheless the book proves to be a thriller with unending action. The exact genre of the book is debatable. There is psychology, fantasy, blasphemy, religion, technology. Everything is mixed in the right measure and meter.

Little Hannah is being treated for her blindness. A high tech device called mirage brings her to the world of light. While Hannah is bracing herself to celebrate the light in her life, her aunt Lela is chasing a mystery. A journalist by profession, Lela stumbles upon a mystery behind Rue apartment, which she chases and ends up having a skull with cryptic language, in her possession. Cheston a techy guy whose major client is Undertown, that bought Rue apartment, which is Lela’s interest. Juniper who owns Weary Traveller, one of several shelters in down town portland, encounters a dog, or hound, a hairless strange creature, the encounter with which changes his life forever. Sarin, an underworld queen, who is an angel at heart. All these characters are connected with each other by the Rue apartment and Jeremy Tusk, a psychopath serial killer.

What seems like a psychological or investigative thriller, takes a twist as a fantasy thriller towards the second half of the book, with shadows and beasts chasing the characters. Characters drive the plot in this book. There are too many, which could be confusing, but for the systematic narration and impeccable developmental edit. The sequences with the hound and shadow figures are dragged beyond what is apparently needed. After a point author seems to be confused as to how the plot should be concluded. Somehow, after some perplexing sequences, things falls into place.

Overall the book is an entertainer, a cliffhanger at that.

This review is in return of a free book from the publisher  

About the author

BENJAMIN PERCY has won a Whiting Award, a Plimpton Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the author of the novels The Dead Lands, Red Moon, and The Wilding, two story collections, and an essay collection, Thrill Me. He also writes the Green Arrow and Teen Titans series for DC Comics. He lives in Minnesota with his family.

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