BLOG TOUR: Her Dark Path by Ken Ogilvie

I am very excited it is my stop on the #blogtour for this brilliant book by a new name in the crime fiction genre: Ken Ogilvie.  This is an excellent debut novel that has the reader gripped from the very first page.

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Her Dark Path

16 years ago Rebecca Bradley’s mother was murdered. Rebecca was only eight years old. The killer has never been caught. Growing up, Rebecca vowed that one day she would track him down and make him pay.

Now Rebecca is a young police woman in Ontario. She wants to become a homicide detective. Her first investigation is the cold case of a woman who vanished for 16 days and then was found dead in her own home. The brutal crime shocks the small Canadian town of Conroy.

The puzzling case has uncanny similarities to the murder of Rebecca’s mother. Both victims were found strangled in their own kitchens.

Can Rebecca keep her emotions together as she closes in on a killer with connections to her family and tragic past? And will she finally get justice for her mother?

Discover a new crime writer who will have you gripped till the pulsating end.

My Review

My rating 5 out of 5 stars

WOW I find it very difficult to believe that this is Ken’s first novel. For an author who is dipping his toes in the murky waters of the Crime Fiction world for the first time this is a first class read and I am looking forward to reading more from an author, I am sure, will become a big name in the crime fiction genre.

I love the style of writing. Rebecca is introduced at the beginning and we learn a little more about her history via short extracts from her diary at the beginning of each chapter. She develops gradually through the course of the book to become a complex character we get to know very well.

Another character I love is Hound he is a unique individual and the author builds him gradually with such skill I feel I have a picture of him in my mind. I am sure there is a lot more to know about Hound so I am hoping to meet him again in future books.

It is an intricate plot with many different strands reaching into the past. I did wonder how it was all going to fit together but it did in a brilliant and unexpected way. I found myself gripped from the first page right through to the end as I got to know the characters. There were twists and turns all the way through as secrets and corruption are uncovered and characters turn out to be the opposite of what I thought they would be at the beginning.

An excellent book and well worth the 5 stars. I really hope this is the beginning of a series.

Ken Ogilvie

Author Bio

‘I began my fiction writing as a novice, but I had extensive writing experience in technical and policy areas, and I was a ferocious editor of staff reports at Pollution Probe. Novel writing would come naturally to me, or so I thought (incorrectly). I wrote half of a really crappy science-fiction book, and then struggled over whether to continue. But I’m not a quitter, so I shelved that book for the time being, took a deep breath, and hit the reset button.

 I’m currently an independent environmental policy consultant, working from home in Toronto, Canada, although I’m on the road a lot. Recent consulting contracts of mine include preparing a case study designed to be used by the Said Business School, University of Oxford, on the province of Alberta’s recent transition towards being a climate policy leader in Canada, and I’ve done research and ran workshops on the creation of a new Canadian Energy Information Organization. I serve on the Boards of Directors for two leading environmental and energy organizations – the Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development, and Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST). And when spare time and suitable opponents permit, I play the odd game of chess, which was a passion of mine in younger days.’

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