Crime Fiction · Mystery

Book Review – Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Opinion:

Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch have teamed up in Michael Connelly’s latest crime fiction Dark Sacred Night.

Ballard works out of the Hollywood Station on the late show and loves it. Late one evening Bosch pops into the Station and rummages around some files. Ballard catches him and her curiosity is immediately piqued. Harry Bosch is working on reserve for San Fernando PD on cold cases. He loves digging into the past and giving closure to cases that have been deemed unsolvable.

I absolutely love these two flawed characters coming together to work on a case! They are determined, stubborn, and don’t know when to stop. They have huge hearts and thrive on providing closure for families. Despite being similar, I think they can learn a lot from each other, which makes this dynamic duo even more fascinating to watch in action. A side note about Bosch – does this guy ever sleep? He is a human energizer bunny!

I love all of the repeat characters that we have gotten to know in previous books. To my delight they are not all associated with the police department. Some of these other characters are friends and others are part of previous cases. That being said all of Michael Connelly’s books can be read as standalones, I just prefer to read a series in order for maximum character development.

There were moments when I felt that some of the side investigations were a bit of a distraction from the main storyline, but I love these two characters so much that I almost didn’t even care.

I look forward to Ballard and Bosch coming together again for what I am sure will be another fantastic story!

*Thank you Little, Brown and Company for providing my copy, via NetGalley, to read and review for my honest opinion.

I have read every Michael Connelly book to date. These are the books I have reviewed on my blog:

Two Kinds of Truth (Harry Bosch, #20)
The Late Show (Renée Ballard, #1)

Book Details:

My Rating: 4/5
Genre: Crime Fiction
Series: Harry Bosch #21 and Renée Ballard #2
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Publication Date: 10/30/2018 (US & UK)
Pages: 400 (eBook)

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15 thoughts on “Book Review – Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly

    1. You haven’t read the Bosch series?!?! Oh no, you are missing out! I watched one show and it looks like he blends a few of his book together per show. I “think” you would still enjoy the books should you decide to tackle the series one day.
      As for this book – they all read well as standalones.

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