Monday, 12 September 2016

Darktown Blog Tour - Review + Excerpt + Giveaway

Today I'm happy to be featuring Darktown by Thomas Mullen as part of a blog tour organized by Simon & Schuster Canada. Below you will find my full review and an excerpt on the upcoming adult thriller. Be sure to follow along with the blog tour for more reviews!

by Thomas Mullen
Publisher: Atria
Release Date:September 13th, 2016
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
Responding to orders from on high, the Atlanta Police Department is forced to hire its first black officers, including war veterans Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith. The newly minted policemen are met with deep hostility by their white peers; they aren’t allowed to arrest white suspects, drive squad cars, or set foot in the police headquarters.

When a black woman who was last seen in a car driven by a white man turns up dead, Boggs and Smith suspect white cops are behind it. Their investigation sets them up against a brutal cop, Dunlow, who has long run the neighborhood as his own, and his partner, Rakestraw, a young progressive who may or may not be willing to make allies across color lines. Among shady moonshiners, duplicitous madams, crooked lawmen, and the constant restrictions of Jim Crow, Boggs and Smith will risk their new jobs, and their lives, while navigating a dangerous world—a world on the cusp of great change.

Let me start my review with the fact that Darktown by Thomas Mullen is not (and I repeat NOT) a book I would have whimsically wandered over to the Fiction section and picked up. That's no offense to Thomas Mullen nor Darktown, but more as a clarification that you would almost never find me in the Fiction section of a bookstore or library. Not for lack of trying, but I've always found myself to be a YA, NA, and Romance reader rather than being someone who would take a good ol' fashioned crime thriller over fluffy pink unicorns. I've always been a fan of fluffy books, the fluffier the better, however there was something hidden deep within the synopsis of Darktown when it was first pitched to me by Simon & Schuster Canada that beckoned me to read it. Was it the mention of strained race relations in a postwar 1940's Atlanta? Was it the intriguing murder mystery, or even possibly the promise of a smart and well-written thriller? Let's just say it was all the above!

Darktown was INTENSE, to put it simply. The horrors of violence, discrimination and corruption within the community throughout the title were a bone-chilling dose of realism that added quite a stir to my overall reading experience of Darktown. The title was immediately compelling from page one, and I was instantaneously hooked onto it's gripping characters, fascinating twists, and hard-to-swallow truths. Thomas Mullen's latest was incredibly gripping, exceptionally well-written, and is without a doubt one of my favourite adult Fiction/Thriller titles yet. I highly recommend it, especially for readers whom, like myself, are not often readers of the adult fiction genre. Darktown was a welcome change of pace, a wonderful way to explore my bookish horizons, and I certainly hope to dive into more from Thomas Mullen in the nearby future!

4.5 / 5 Cupcakes

Excerpt of Darktown by Thomas Mullen

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Giveaway (Canada Only)
Simon & Schuster Canada has generously donated a finished copy of Darktown for giveaway! Just comment below for your chance to win! Open to Canadian residents only. Ends September 17th.

This title was provided to the blogger by the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review. No payment was received/accept in exchange for this review/post. The blogger requests that this review not be reposted or edited with the blogger's permission. The thoughts and words expressed in this review/post are explicitly the blogger's.


  1. Great review! Thank you!

  2. i would love a new book to read - thanks for the chance (I love the cover!)

  3. This book actually sounds amazing. Would love to read it . What a great review from a perspective of someone woh would have just skipped past it . Thank you Books sounds very intriguing.

  4. Oooo... this sounds so intense! Thanks for the review and the chance to win. :)

  5. This sounds like my kind of book!!! Fantastic review!

  6. This book sounds pretty awesome! I've been wanting to branch off into other genres for a while lately. Maybe I'll start with this one. Thanks for the giveaway :D