Title: The Dark Net
Author: Benjamin Percy
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
The Dark Net by Benjamin Percy, releasing today, is a cyber thriller that is sure to send shivers down your spine. Although the summary suggested an internet underworld, I found it moving more towards Horror/Occult genre. But nevertheless, the book is too thrilling to put down.
Lela is a journalist in Portland who takes her work seriously and doesn't feel the need to update herself with technological improvements that surround her. Her sister, Cheryl, and niece, Hannah, are the only family she has. The book begins with Hannah being fitted with a prosthetic pair of glasses that will help her see. Although Lela promises Cheryl and Hannah to celebrate together that evening, Lela is caught up with a mysterious discovery that threatens her life. Meanwhile, Hannah experiences an episode with the dark 'shadows' and is saved in the nick of time by Cheryl . But something has changed. Hannah gets sicker by the minute and as Lela digs deeper into the mystery, she correlates the incidents and is horrified when the truth is revealed. Meanwhile, the dark net is being set up for Zero Day when the city of Portland is due to be attacked for evil to find its realm in the form of an apocalypse.
I know the summary reads vague but that is the point exactly. I don't want to give out too much information but will only say that the book is a heady mix of a thriller and horror. The book begins with a digital nightmare in the making but gravitates towards the Occult genre later on. There are gruesome scenes and spine chilling moments that keep the reader on edge.
The narrative is clean, with short sentences and directness. The story is well paced and challenging. The characters of the plot are sketched adequately. There is no time wasted in detailed character or background descriptions and I like the approach. The book is a thriller through and is exactly the way a book of this genre should be. To the point.
Like I mentioned, there are some scary moments in the story that make us think twice about how vulnerable our digital lives are. Nevertheless, The Dark Net is a fantastic and thrilling read. I would definitely recommend this if you want to enjoy a scary techno thriller.
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*** This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. ***