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  • Location: Orkney

Dark Island

Dark Island

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2000s: Midwinter in Orkney. Six hours of daylight. A race against time to catch a killer.

  • ISBN: 978-0008624408
  • Genre: Crime, Police Procedural

What you need to know before your trail

Reporter Freya Sinclair has always known she was different. While waiting on the outcome of an autism assessment, Freya uproots her life in Glasgow, quitting her job at one of Scotland’s top broadsheets and taking a local beat in her childhood home of Orkney. But her plans for a quiet life are shattered when human remains are unburied by a winter storm on Orkney’s wild Atlantic coast.

The identity of the bones opens old wounds in the islands, and sheds light on a darker truth nobody wants to accept. As the nights draw in, Freya’s obsessive hunt for answers turns into a cat and mouse game, with each secret she unearths threatening her job, her family, and presenting a murderer with their next victim.

In a place where nothing stays buried forever, is uncovering the truth more important than saving lives?

Travel Guide

Orkney Islands

Skara Brae – A 5,000 year old Neolithic village, discovered when a winter storm blew part of the land away. This is where human remains are unburied, and where we first meet Freya.

Leigh’s Burger Van, Finstown – Best burgers in Orkney. Freya and her godfather, DI Fergus Muir, meet here to discuss the case in secret.

Harbour front, St Margaret’s Hope – Freya comes here to meet a mystery source, and makes a rather more chilling discovery…

Waulkmill Bay – A beautiful tidal beach on Scapa Flow, where Freya comes to walk her Labrador, Luna, and where she learns a shocking truth about her dad

Yesnaby – Where the North Atlantic collides with West Mainland, and where Freya finally discovers the identity of the killer she’s been chasing

BookTrail Boarding Pass: Dark Island

Destination: Orkney Islands  Author/guide: Daniel Aubrey Departure Time:2000s

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