Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly | @orionbooks @orion_crime @Tr4cyF3nt0n | #blogtour #bookreview #compulsivereaders

Truly delighted to join the blog tour for Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly today! My thanks to Tracy Fenton for the invitation to join and to the publisher for my review copy!

Author : Michael Connelly
Title : Dark Sacred Night
Series : Renée Ballard #2
Pages : 448
Publisher : Orion
Publication date : May 16, 2019 (paperback)


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. 


Gather around, it’s confession time.

Ready? *ahem*

I have never read a Michael Connelly book before this one. I know, you’re wondering where the heck I’ve been and you have every right to judge me. I did watch The Lincoln Lawyer film once upon a long time ago and I had every intention of reading a Harry Bosch book, before I realised how many there are. So, as Dark Sacred Night brings together Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch in one fell swoop, I figured this was a good place to start. And even though this is Renée’s second outing, I found this read perfectly well as a stand-alone.

Renée Ballard is a detective, working out of Hollywood Station. After filing a sexual harassment claim against a colleague, she finds herself cast out and working the graveyard shift. On returning to her office one night, she catches someone rifling through the police station’s filing cabinets. Turns out this person is none other than Harry Bosch himself. He’s looking for information on an old investigation; a cold case involving the murder of a young girl almost a decade ago. Harry is determined to finally find out what happened to her.

That investigation isn’t the entire focus of this book though and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed that. It feels more realistic to see detectives investigate more than one case, even during a dark night. A lot goes on behind the bright lights and the glamour of the Hollywood sign and even though a regular burglary might seem quite boring compared to a thrilling murder investigation, it is still a case that needs to be solved. All this combined made for great diversity and I could easily imagine the frustration of needing to attend these other crime scenes and filling out paperwork when something more interesting is waiting for you to sink your teeth into.

I don’t think Ballard particularly needed Bosch to give this series a push in the right direction because as a character she is more than capable to hold her own, but they worked together perfectly and I loved the different points of view. I enjoyed getting to know both these characters. Both are tenacious and determined, although Bosch might be somewhat tired of it all, and not afraid of bending the rules. I warmed to them in an instant. At no point did I feel I was missing out on not knowing anything at all about their backgrounds. If anything, it’s made me more curious to go back and get caught up on the previous books in both the series. Although when I’m supposed to find the time for that is another matter.

What is clear throughout this story, is Michael Connelly’s background. Well thought-out and cleverly plotted, he shows remarkable attention to detail and an insight that can come only from inside knowledge somehow. This added an extra layer to the realism and believability. Michael Connelly is a fantastic crime writer and it’s easy to see why he’s so popular and still going strong after all these years. I have no doubt fans and new readers like myself will enjoy Dark Sacred Night and it has most definitely left me wanting more!

Dark Sacred Night is available to buy in ebook and hardcover, with the paperback to follow on May 16th.

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A former police reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Michael Connelly is the internationally bestselling author of the Harry Bosch series, and several other bestsellers including the highly acclaimed legal thriller, The Lincoln Lawyer. The TV series – Bosch – is one of the most watched original series on Amazon Prime.

He has been President of the Mystery Writers of America, and his books have been translated into thirty-nine languages and have won awards all over the world, including the Edgar and Anthony Awards.

He spends his time in California and Florida.

  25 comments for “Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly | @orionbooks @orion_crime @Tr4cyF3nt0n | #blogtour #bookreview #compulsivereaders

  1. May 15, 2019 at 9:42 am

    Fantastic review! I haven’t read any of his books either although I think I may have an audiobook by him somewhere. 😀

    Liked by 2 people

  2. May 15, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    It has been ages since I read his books. Fabulous review 😍

    Liked by 1 person

  3. May 15, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    I haven’t read Michael Connolly either and, although I did buy the first in the Bosch series, the sheer number of books in the series scared me off 😂

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  4. May 15, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Neither have I. Fear they are too bland. You know, some books are very enjoyable whilst reading, but shortly after you would not be able to tell what they are about. I know the series is extremely popular, so I am probably wrong.

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 18, 2019 at 10:54 am

      That’s a fair point. They could be, I don’t know. My issue is mostly with the setting as I prefer books set in England, rather than America.


      • May 18, 2019 at 6:35 pm

        I too prefer books set in England, although I suspect part of the reason is that I tend to prefer British writers over American writers. I did consider watching the Bosch TV show though, but I haven’t got around to it yet.


  5. May 15, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    I’m a huge Harry Bosch fan and became a Renee Ballard one with her first book. You have GOT to start from the beginning to truly get Harry and at least read Renee’s first book to understand her.

    Yes, I’m trying to convert you. And, the Bosch TV show is excellent!

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  6. May 15, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    *Ditto – everything Jonetta said!
    You’ve got some catching up to do!

    Liked by 2 people

  7. May 15, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    BOSCH BOSCH BOSCH love him books and tv. Watch it and read it. I’m done*mic drop*

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  8. Yvo
    May 17, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    I think I only ever read The Lincoln Lawyer and it was years ago, so you’re not the only one. 😉 it’s good to know this one can be read as a standalone! Fab review. xx

    Liked by 1 person

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