Book Review: Places in the Darkness, Chris Brookmyre

Places in the Darkness

“Never try to outrun a Devil Dancer, boys.” ~Chris Brookmyre, Places in the Darkness

By: Chris Brookmyre

Length: 449 Pages

Published:  November 7, 2017

Rating:  ☆


A propulsive science fiction tale of murder and memory, all set on a futuristic space station.

Hundreds of miles above Earth, the space station Ciudad de Cielo–The City in the Sky–is a beacon of hope for humanity’s expansion into the stars. But not everyone aboard shares such noble ideals.

Bootlegging, booze, and prostitution form a lucrative underground economy for rival gangs, which the authorities are happy to turn a blind eye to until a disassembled corpse is found dancing in the micro-gravity.In charge of the murder investigation is Nikki “Fix” Freeman, who is not thrilled to have Alice Blake, an uptight government goody-two-shoes, riding shotgun. As the bodies pile up, and the partners are forced to question their own memories, Nikki and Alice begin to realize that gang warfare may not be the only cause for the violence.

So if you watched Ascension an American-Canadian drama miniseries that came out in December of 2014, this reminded me too much of it with the exception of the gang activity.  I found it extremely hard to read this through in fact I must admit I only made it to about 60% before throwing the towel in.  This is the 1st book this year that I called it quits on.
The main characters Nikki and Alice, despite the complete opposites that they are I couldn’t find any kind of attraction to either. They both came across as flat and lifeless. If I had to choose one of them to be more equal than the other it would have to be Nikki at least she had so comical conversations with whomever she was sleeping with.
Brookmyre is very technical in his execution of displaying the investigation and it drags it down further than I thought possible. As for the whole being in space, it’s really not relevant, with the exception of the arrival and few mentions of anti-gravity, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between New York and the space station.



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