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Too often people mistake monsters for gods. When a ravaged corpse is discovered in Pretoria, South Africa, Esmé Snyder—an occult-crime expert—is called in to investigate. But she doesn’t know the scope of what she’s up against. Esmé is the target of a cat-and-mouse game with a serial killer who uses the paranormal to do his bidding, with the intent of becoming a god on Too often people mistake monsters for gods. When a ravaged corpse is discovered in Pretoria, South Africa, Esmé Snyder—an occult-crime expert—is called in to investigate. But she doesn’t know the scope of what she’s up against. Esmé is the target of a cat-and-mouse game with a serial killer who uses the paranormal to do his bidding, with the intent of becoming a god on Earth. With assistance from her team—a brusque detective, eccentric millionaire, stoic priest, hawkeyed secretary, and handsome British forensic criminologist—Esmé hopes to find the killer before he strikes again. But the clock isn’t all that’s working against them. The media catches wind of the threat against the citizens of Pretoria, and their reported speculations promise a post-Apartheid Satanic Panic. As the body count grows, Esmé must figure out who is behind the heinous crimes before she ends up the final sacrifice. Dark Country highlights the multicultural mythologies, magic, histories, beauty, and horror of living in pseudo-modern South Africa.


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Too often people mistake monsters for gods. When a ravaged corpse is discovered in Pretoria, South Africa, Esmé Snyder—an occult-crime expert—is called in to investigate. But she doesn’t know the scope of what she’s up against. Esmé is the target of a cat-and-mouse game with a serial killer who uses the paranormal to do his bidding, with the intent of becoming a god on Too often people mistake monsters for gods. When a ravaged corpse is discovered in Pretoria, South Africa, Esmé Snyder—an occult-crime expert—is called in to investigate. But she doesn’t know the scope of what she’s up against. Esmé is the target of a cat-and-mouse game with a serial killer who uses the paranormal to do his bidding, with the intent of becoming a god on Earth. With assistance from her team—a brusque detective, eccentric millionaire, stoic priest, hawkeyed secretary, and handsome British forensic criminologist—Esmé hopes to find the killer before he strikes again. But the clock isn’t all that’s working against them. The media catches wind of the threat against the citizens of Pretoria, and their reported speculations promise a post-Apartheid Satanic Panic. As the body count grows, Esmé must figure out who is behind the heinous crimes before she ends up the final sacrifice. Dark Country highlights the multicultural mythologies, magic, histories, beauty, and horror of living in pseudo-modern South Africa.

44 review for Dark Country

  1. 5 out of 5

    OutlawPoet

    This is a wonderfully dark occult thriller that is simply riveting. The author has a way with words – she immediately pulls you into an eerie world and doesn’t let you go. I loved the South African setting and the bits of culture that bolstered the plot. Our characters are compelling and I was extremely anxious for them. Would love to read the author again in the future! *ARC via Publisher

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alexandrea Weis

    A very haunting story with an intriguing blend of history and mythology woven into the pages that you become completely absorbed in this fast-paced, thrilling tale. Multi-dimensional characters that leap from the page make this a fascinating read. For me, the highlight was learning so much of the magic and beauty of South Africa. You will be transported.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I enjoyed this book, but the transitions were choppy. Every time something big happened, the chapter ended, and the character moved on as if nothing happened. The lack of segues left me with whiplash. Esme, the main character, seemed extremely nonchalant about a variety of occult events that would’ve sent any normal person over the edge. I understand she studies the occult, but it just didn’t sit well with me. The information about Pretoria, ritualistic killing, and “muti” was very interesting. I enjoyed this book, but the transitions were choppy. Every time something big happened, the chapter ended, and the character moved on as if nothing happened. The lack of segues left me with whiplash. Esme, the main character, seemed extremely nonchalant about a variety of occult events that would’ve sent any normal person over the edge. I understand she studies the occult, but it just didn’t sit well with me. The information about Pretoria, ritualistic killing, and “muti” was very interesting. In my opinion is was the saving grace for the book. It is a country and culture I have read very little about, so I enjoyed learning about another society, even if was the grittier underbelly. If you have a sensitive stomach, don’t read this book. There is a lot of human mutilation with full description.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    Shocking, and one of the most well-written crime novels I've read in a long time. The author really infuses South Africa into the work as well as the realistic horror. Shocking, and one of the most well-written crime novels I've read in a long time. The author really infuses South Africa into the work as well as the realistic horror.

  5. 4 out of 5

    R Fleming

  6. 5 out of 5

    Italia Gandolfo

  7. 5 out of 5

    Luke

  8. 4 out of 5

    Claire Devon

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

  10. 4 out of 5

    Emily Whitmore

  11. 4 out of 5

    Loren

  12. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chloe

  14. 4 out of 5

    Al Gee

  15. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kylie

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nikki (Dark.Side.of.the.Tome)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nevona Friedman

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jill

  20. 5 out of 5

    Morgiana

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

  23. 4 out of 5

    LYNDSEY S.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Frieda

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Macdonald

  26. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lindy Ryan

  28. 5 out of 5

    Harpies in the Trees

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gwen

  31. 5 out of 5

    Claudia Riendeau

  32. 5 out of 5

    Balthazarinblue

  33. 5 out of 5

    Emma ( Mrsbreads )

  34. 4 out of 5

    Idris Grey

  35. 5 out of 5

    Jess Alapatt (svenghouly)

  36. 5 out of 5

    Aly

  37. 5 out of 5

    Chantelle

  38. 5 out of 5

    Heather

  39. 4 out of 5

    Dustin Domingo

  40. 5 out of 5

    Karen

  41. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Strayer

  42. 4 out of 5

    Angel Hench

  43. 4 out of 5

    Michael Fierce (aka Darth Fierce)

  44. 5 out of 5

    Ellie

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