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About the Author

Belinda Bauer grew up in England and South Africa. She has worked as a journalist and screenwriter, and her script The Locker Room earned her the Carl Foreman/Bafta Award for Young British Screenwriters, an award that was presented to her by Sidney Poitier. She was a runner-up in the Rhys Davies Short Story Competition for "Mysterious Ways," about a girl stranded on a desert island with 30,000 Bibles. Belinda now lives in Wales. Her latest novel, Snap, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

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[Darkside] will appeal to everyone who loves the classic British mystery . . . . An enthralling read.--The Times (South Africa)
Bauer perfectly captures the charm and potential creepiness of the rolling moors and deathly fogs and bogs.--Argus Weekend (South Africa)
Belinda Bauer's Blacklands caused the hearts of hardened reviewers to flip a beat . . . Happily for the genre, Darkside shows she can do it again . . . Tension mounts with extraordinary yet credible narrative twists. As in her previous book, Bauer takes astonishing risks but - like a brilliant ski-jumper - arcs down to the perfect landing.--Independent (UK)
Like Minette Walters, Bauer excels at depicting the psychology behind the crimes, and she's not afraid to take some bold risks with her plotline. Melding the classic horror setting of a small, rural town with an atmosphere of creeping dread, this is sure to appeal to both crime-fiction and horror fans.-- Booklist


Outstandingly good . . . An unusually gripping tale, with places and people vividly evoked and an unguessable . . . conclusion.--Literary Review (UK)
Probably the most shocking ending you'll read this year. Belinda Bauer is the most disturbing new talent around.--Val McDermid
Second novel syndrome may be a recognised condition but it is not something that affects Belinda Bauer. I would press [Darkside] one on anyone who loves Kate Atkinson, Bauer really is that good . . . Another cracking crime novel.--Alice O'Keefe, The Bookseller (UK)
She's a thriller queen . . . hailed as the woman most likely to lead the fightback against the Scandinavian crime-wave . . . It's an extraordinary piece of writing . . . with a stunning denouement . . . The result is one of the most gripping whodunnits you'll read in 2011.--Sunday Times Culture Magazine (UK)
Tense and imaginative.--Guardian (UK)
"A riveting psychological thriller which will have you guessing to the very end."--The Mercury (South Africa)
"Another riveting psychological thriller. . . . suffused with pitch-black atmosphere, Bauer's novel keeps readers guessing until the deliciously unsettling conclusion. No sophomore slump here--fans of Ruth Rendell and Minette Walters would do well to make room on their shelves for Bauer."--Library Journal (starred review)
"Bauer joins such contemporary masters of psychological suspense as Ruth Rendell and Minette Walters with her twisted and tricky second novel . . . The shattering conclusion pulls no punches and will leave many readers stunned, even as they realize how everything fits together."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Belinda Bauer won the CWA Gold Dagger for her first crime novel, Blacklands, and she's produced a barnstorming follow-up with Darkside . . . Bold, mordant compassionate, Darkside confirms Bauer's reputation as a significant new talent."--The Sunday Times (UK)
"Genteel and suspenseful . . . a most promising career."--Kirkus Reviews
"Given the shallow pool of prospective victims and suspects, it takes real skill to write a plausible whodunit about an undetected serial killer running amok in an English village. . . . Set against a landscape that would tax anyone's sanity, Bauer's grim tale deploys a morbid wit that's positively wicked."--The New York Times Book Review
"Happily the dark horse is not a one-trick pony . . . [
Darkside
] is even more accomplished [than Blacklands]. . . . depicted with a wit and warmth that make the macabre bits seem all the more horrible."--The Daily Telegraph (London)
"In her murky tale, Bauer plunges into the realm of the psyche, a brilliant twist . . . adding the final flourish to a nightmarish story where a young woman forfeits a bright future to the ravages of a particularly cruel disease, a murderer bides his time, and the angry diatribes of an investigator are met with shuttered windows and locked doors."--CurledUp.com

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