A Step in Darkness


A normal family. A desperate situation. And a tempting crime.

Consumed with rage, James Hall, a reformed family man, confronts the birth parents of his adopted daughter, who he blames for her disability. It is here that James receives a first-hand insight to the harshness of inner-city living, where darkness and brutality lurk at every turn.

Two years later, James and his family are given a once in a lifetime opportunity for his daughter to walk unaided for the first time. The cost is staggering, but they sign up in the hope that they will be able to raise funds in time.

Struggling, James secretly enlists the help of a friend. Together they perform a series of violent robberies on unsuspecting drug dealers. The cash recovered goes towards the operation costs with the drugs anonymously handed over to a trusted local Detective Sergeant.

Their actions soon escalate out of control. With a notorious crime boss and his fearsome enforcer searching the streets, and the local police hot on the trail, James is all too aware of the possible consequences of his exploits, consequences that he alone will be accountable for.

Will James succeed? Will his daughter ever walk? And will his family ever recover from his deceit?

Could you choose evil over good if it was your daughter’s life on the line?

A Step into Darkness is an intelligent, murky, crime thriller, highlighting the true meaning of a father’s love, and the close bond of a working-class community while maintaining the themes of revenge, retribution and greed throughout.

A heart-wrenching rollercoaster of emotion that will have you questioning your beliefs.

A Step into Darkness is a fast-paced crime thriller set in the North East of England with multiple twists and a major reveal that will keep the reader guessing to the very last page.

ARC Readers Reviews

“A unique storyline.”

“It had me gripped from the first chapter.”

“From the first description of the characters, I felt I could relate with them all.”