Dark Skies is the next instalment in the DCI Ryan series. We join Ryan and the team as he returns from honeymoon with Anna and on returning to the force, notes that a new DCS has been appointed. That woman is Jennifer Lucas, a woman who has a past with Ryan, a woman who Ryan had a relationship with and who he escaped to the North East to get away from, a woman who is determined to cause problems amongst the solid team.
Dark Skies is set in Kielder and you are immediately transported to the area and thrown into a mystery and the discovery of a body of a young boy by a couple who were diving, as Anna and her students arrive at Kielder. The body discovered appears to be a boy who disappeared over 30 years ago and looks like his body has been well preserved.
We see that Lucas has an issue with Ryan, and is set on disbanding the team, a team that appears to be solid. McKenzie is sent to Cold Cases, Philips and Yates are tasked with investigating the murder at Kielder and Ryan is shoved back behind a desk, whilst it seems that Lucas has plans for Lowerson but what are they?
However, all is not as it seems and we see the usual Ryan determination is back, he’s not the desk type of guy and if he was well Lucas would not be there! Ryan is a hands-on type of detective, happy to be out in the field doing the investigations and sorting things out as Ryan does in his usual manner. McKenzie isn’t happy investigating cold cases but ends up with her team as the book progresses for a completely different reason and if you want to know what that reason is you will have to read the book.
Great book as usual from L J Ross and I look forward to seeing what 2018 has in store, which hopefully is more great books.