Johann Thorsson: Whitesands

Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for Whitesands. My review is written with thanks to Tracy Fenton for inviting me on the tour and to the publisher for my copy of the book.


Detective John Dark’s daughter has been missing for two years. In his frantic and unfruitful search for her two years ago, J Dark overreached and was reprimanded and demoted.

Now suddenly back into the homicide department, Dark is put on a chilling case – a man who killed his wife in their locked house and then dressed the body up to resemble a deer, but claims to remember none of it. A few days later an impossibly similar case crops up connecting the suspects to a prep school and a thirty year old missing persons’ case.

Just as Dark is getting back into his old groove, a new lead in his daughter’s disappearance pops up and threatens to derail his career again.

Time is running out and John Dark needs to solve the case before more people are killed, and while there is still hope to find his daughter.

In the style of True Detective and Silence of the Lambs, WHITESANDS is a thrilling supernatural crime novel.


I was shocked to learn that Whitesands is a debut novel as it reads to me like the work of a much more experienced author. I was drawn into the mystery straight away as it’s brilliantly written and it’s perfectly paced. There are a few plots going on at the same time and Thorsson moves smoothly between them all whilst still maintaining my interest in each one. He crosses genres really well, and whilst I am a bit of a cynic when it comes to the supernatural, I felt these aspects of the story added some extra atmosphere and were delicately written so I didn’t have to suspend my belief too much. 

If Whitesands is to be the start of a new series featuring Detective John Dark, I’m excited to read more. He has demons that he is battling throughout this novel and I enjoyed learning more about his history. I love his partnership with Monique and the way they bounce off each other.

As I said before, Whitesands is perfectly paced. Setting the scene does take some time, but I was always interested to see where the story would go and how everything would be connected. As it gradually falls into place, I felt the tension rise and I could not wait to see how it would be resolved. 

Whitesands is available from Amazon.

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