Review: Into the Dark by Fiona Cummins

Review: Into the Dark by Fiona Cummins

Into the Dark is the new dark and gripping crime thriller from Fiona Cummins about revenge, greed, ambition and the true cost of friendship.

THE PLACE: Seawings, a beautiful Art Deco home overlooking the sweep of the bay in Midtown-on-Sea.

THE CRIME: The gilded Holden family – Piper and Gray and their two teenage children, Riva and Artie – has vanished from the house without a trace.

THE DETECTIVE: DS Saul Anguish, brilliant but with a dark past, treads the narrow line between light and shade.

One late autumn morning, Piper’s best friend arrives at Seawings to discover an eerie scene – the kettle is still warm, all the family’s phones are charging on the worktop, the cars are in the garage. But the house is deserted.

In fifteen-year-old Riva Holden’s bedroom, scrawled across the mirror in blood, are three words:


What happens next?


This book opens with a chilling chapter. Piper, a wife and mother, has disappeared with her entire family. The family’s housekeeper and Piper’s best friend, Julienne, found the missing family’s home in disarray. It appears as if they had simply vanished in the midst of their morning routine which included breakfast still left at the table. Julianne become worried for her friend when she noticed drops of blood in the house.

This story pulled me in right away. I was curious about the missing family. Soon, it became quite clear that the mystery was way deeper than just the missing family. Piper and Julianne were living quite interesting lives filled with intrigue and secrets around their families. Each reveal filled me with more curiosity that had me turning pages even faster.

The detectives working on the case added more tension and mystery to the story. I like a good vigilante angle and this story provided me with that. There are so many unlikable characters in this narrative but they are a perfect fit. They add to the darkness, heighten the tension and feeling of foreboding that creeps through all the chapters.

I haven’t read a phycological thriller in quite a long time. I am so happy that this turned out to be a remarkable read for me. Dark, chilling and quite twisty, this is such a captivating read.

10 thoughts on “Review: Into the Dark by Fiona Cummins

  1. Great review! I’ve been in the mood for thrillers lately, so I’ll have to see if my library will have this one. I just read An Honest Lie by Tarryn Fisher and it was really good.

    1. Thanks Deanna. I will add that to my list. I think you’ve mentioned Tarryn before but I am yet to read her books. Will check her out when I get a chance.

  2. Wonderful review, Diana. I haven’t read anything by Fiona Cummings, but this sounds really good. I enjoy a good thriller, but was declined on NG. I will have to see if my library gets it.

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