The Devil and the Dark Water

Also available in: Spanish

4 / 5. Votos: 1

Synopsis of The Devil and the Dark Water

An impossible murder

A remarkable detective duo

A demon who may or may not exist

In The Devil and the Dark Water is 1634 and Samuel Pipps, the world’s greatest detective, is being transported from the Dutch East Indies to Amsterdam, where he is facing trial and execution for a crime he may, or may not, have committed.

Travelling with him is his loyal bodyguard, Arent Hayes, who is determined to prove his friend innocent, while also on board are Sara Wessel, a noble woman with a secret, and her husband, the governor general of Batavia.

But no sooner is their ship out to sea than devilry begins to blight the voyage. A strange symbol appears on the sail. A dead leper stalks the decks. Livestock are slaughtered in the night.

And then the passengers hear a terrible voice whispering to them in the darkness, promising them three unholy miracles.

First: an impossible pursuit. Second: an impossible theft. Third: an impossible murder. Could a demon be responsible for their misfortunes?

With Pipps imprisoned, only Arent and Sara can solve a mystery that stretches back into their past and now threatens to sink the ship, killing everybody on board…

Synopsis of the novel, by Stuart Turton, taken from Amazon

Review of The Devil and the Dark Water

I loved it. It’s very interesting and the ending unexpected.

The novel is based on a true story. The story is that of the ship named Batavia, which set sail from a place with the same name in 1628.

Except for the main characters (Pipps, etc.) the others are real or recognizable, and the story is partly real and partly fictionalized.

Of course, there’s a character, throughout the entire novel, who’s fundamental and that we don’t get to know until almost the end.

Very interesting and, as I said, with an unexpected ending though we can suspect something about it throughout the story.

I liked the previous book “Las siete muertes de Evelyn Hardcastle” better, but this one is not far behind.

I’d recommmend it.

Publisher:  Bloomsbury
Year:  2020

Language:  English
Format:  eBook

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