Book Reviews

Dark Sacred Night – Michael Connelly

Category: Book Reviews

Genre: Crime Fiction, Thriller
Publisher: Orion Publishing
Published: 30th October 2018
Goodreads ID: 38204691
ISBN: 1549142313
The Blurb

LAPD Detective Renée Ballard teams up with Harry Bosch in the new thriller from #1 NYT bestselling author Michael Connelly.

Renée Ballard is working the night beat again, and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is retired detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard kicks him out, but then checks into the case herself and it brings a deep tug of empathy and anger.

Bosch is investigating the death of fifteen-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was brutally murdered and her body left in a dumpster like so much trash. Now, Ballard joins forces with Bosch to find out what happened to Daisy and finally bring her killer to justice.


Michael Connelly is a machine. How he consistently produces high quality crime fiction is a mystery for another day. This is book #21 in the Harry Bosch Series and #2 in the new Renee Ballard Series – that’s a LOT of books!

If you have never read a Michael Connelly novel before then you will be able to pick this one up and enjoy the story for what it is, no problem. However, there’s so much back story to Harry Bosch that I would always recommend reading these books in Series order. But here’s the problem… it’s not just Harry Bosch and Renee Ballard, you’ve also got all the Micky Haller books to plough through as well!

Dark Sacred Night features everyone’s hero cop Harry Bosch along with new girl to the series Renee Ballard. I wasn’t sure about their pairing until near the end of the book but it works. It works well. Both are scarred characters but they help even each other out – Ballard calms Bosch’s need to break the rules rather than bend them.

I loved how this was a direct follow on from Two Kinds of Truth – it was good to get some closure (however tragic) for Elizabeth Clayton. I did notice that Harry’s advancing years were mentioned several times both in Two Kinds of Truth and also in this new book. Harry must be knocking on in years now… he’s been retired from the LAPD and has become unemployable even by San Fernando PD… how many more books can Connelly keep him for? Are the Bosch Series books days numbered?? I think fans need to brace themselves…

Michael Connelly is one of my go-to authors. I’ve read all of the Harry Bosch, Micky Haller – The Lincoln Lawyer, and now Renee Ballard Series and can’t get enough of them. I can’t wait for the first novel featuring all three characters, you know it’ll happen!

While this book isn’t one of my favourites in the series – there’s wasn’t as much action or twists as previous books – it’s still an excellent 4-star read.

Dark Sacred Night is released in the UK, Ireland, USA and Canada on October 30th, and on 29th October in Australia and New Zealand.

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I received an uncorrected manuscript proof from Netgalley and the publisher, Orion Publishing Group in return for an honest and unbiased review. I’d like to thank Orion for accepting my Netgalley request and allowing me to review this novel before its release.

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