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I AM MEMEIN. I AM EMOTIONALLY DETACHED FROM MY KILLINGS. I AM NOT, THEREFORE, A MURDERER. I AM AN INSTRUMENT OF NEMESIS, A PUNISHER. This is a theme running through a number of blogs on the Dark Web, written by a serial killer. He is highly intelligent and employs philosophical argument to justify a series of gruesome murders.  However, he describes the killings in luri I AM MEMEIN. I AM EMOTIONALLY DETACHED FROM MY KILLINGS. I AM NOT, THEREFORE, A MURDERER. I AM AN INSTRUMENT OF NEMESIS, A PUNISHER. This is a theme running through a number of blogs on the Dark Web, written by a serial killer. He is highly intelligent and employs philosophical argument to justify a series of gruesome murders.  However, he describes the killings in lurid detail, and with such gloating relish, that he utterly negates his delusion of detachment and reveals himself to be a cold-blooded, narcissistic psychopath. Sheehan and his team rush headlong down a series of blind alleys in the pursuit of the psychopath, who continues to murder his victims with impunity. He is fiendishly clever, utterly ruthless, and tests Sheehan's famed intuition to the limit.  Indeed, Sheehan only learns the truth during a horrific climax when some members of his team experience a most harrowing ‘laceration of the soul’ that they will never be able to forget. It is unlikely that the reader will either.


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I AM MEMEIN. I AM EMOTIONALLY DETACHED FROM MY KILLINGS. I AM NOT, THEREFORE, A MURDERER. I AM AN INSTRUMENT OF NEMESIS, A PUNISHER. This is a theme running through a number of blogs on the Dark Web, written by a serial killer. He is highly intelligent and employs philosophical argument to justify a series of gruesome murders.  However, he describes the killings in luri I AM MEMEIN. I AM EMOTIONALLY DETACHED FROM MY KILLINGS. I AM NOT, THEREFORE, A MURDERER. I AM AN INSTRUMENT OF NEMESIS, A PUNISHER. This is a theme running through a number of blogs on the Dark Web, written by a serial killer. He is highly intelligent and employs philosophical argument to justify a series of gruesome murders.  However, he describes the killings in lurid detail, and with such gloating relish, that he utterly negates his delusion of detachment and reveals himself to be a cold-blooded, narcissistic psychopath. Sheehan and his team rush headlong down a series of blind alleys in the pursuit of the psychopath, who continues to murder his victims with impunity. He is fiendishly clever, utterly ruthless, and tests Sheehan's famed intuition to the limit.  Indeed, Sheehan only learns the truth during a horrific climax when some members of his team experience a most harrowing ‘laceration of the soul’ that they will never be able to forget. It is unlikely that the reader will either.

30 review for The Dark Web Murders

  1. 4 out of 5

    A.P. Martin

    Another gripping outing for Sheehan and his faithful team. This time, their antagonist is a cunning murderer who attempts philosophical justifications for his killing spree by means of the so called Dark Web. Whether or not such a virtual place actually exists, O’Hare makes excellent use of it in his plot. As is the author’s style, much of the working of the plot comprises discussion among the team, as they grapple to make sense of what is happening and who could be be the perpetrator. I always f Another gripping outing for Sheehan and his faithful team. This time, their antagonist is a cunning murderer who attempts philosophical justifications for his killing spree by means of the so called Dark Web. Whether or not such a virtual place actually exists, O’Hare makes excellent use of it in his plot. As is the author’s style, much of the working of the plot comprises discussion among the team, as they grapple to make sense of what is happening and who could be be the perpetrator. I always find the author’s dialogue credible and realistic. So much so that, on the rare occaasions when the inevitable repetition and forays into blind alleys occur, which could be a source of frustration to the reader if handled by a less skilful writer, they actually add to the sense that one is ‘really there’ in the incident room. O’Hare has developed his characters very successfully as they have tackled their various cases. I , for one, am eagerly awaiting their next challenge in what is a crime series which undoubtedly deserves a much wider audience.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Susanne Leist

    After the Prologue, I braced myself for a bloody ride. I read murder mysteries, but this story took the blood and gore a step farther than the usual serial killer. I wanted to turn my face a few times, but then I couldn't read the book. Unfortunately, it only works for horror movies and TV shows. Other than the gory murders, I enjoyed the story. It moved at a quick pace. I had to work hard to remember the vast number of characters. Even with the chart at the beginning, it was a chore. The twists After the Prologue, I braced myself for a bloody ride. I read murder mysteries, but this story took the blood and gore a step farther than the usual serial killer. I wanted to turn my face a few times, but then I couldn't read the book. Unfortunately, it only works for horror movies and TV shows. Other than the gory murders, I enjoyed the story. It moved at a quick pace. I had to work hard to remember the vast number of characters. Even with the chart at the beginning, it was a chore. The twists and turns and subtle clues held my attention. The story was a learning experience for me on police procedure, Northern Ireland, and the Dark Web. I'm always ready to learn something new. The Club piqued my interest with heir dark activities and exclusive membership, reminding me of The Club in my book. If you are a murder mystery fan, you will enjoy this book. Keep the lights on.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Janet Thomson

    I was offered a free copy of this book to read and honestly review. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! Brian O’Hare is an amazing storyteller! I loved this book from chapter 1. A compelling read which I would definitely recommend. I look forward to diving into more of his books.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gisele Pernell

    Pretty creepy, made you really wonder what is really on the dark web! Would of been 5 stars but had a really hard time about Fred!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    This book was dark and disturbing knowing these kind of people exist. It was a good read. A little wordy in places. You think you know who the murder is a few times only to be wrong.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mikayla Ashton

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was my first attempt at trying to figure what sort of novels I’m into now, my reading tastes have evolved and a lot of my old favourite authors do nothing for me now but I’m still trying to figure out what does. The Dark Web Murders was claimed to be dark, that’s what peaked my interest and I can’t say it disappointed. I’m not going to lie, the point where I really found my self absorbed in the book was when the dog was poisoned, I just love that sort of stuff. As someone very new to myster This was my first attempt at trying to figure what sort of novels I’m into now, my reading tastes have evolved and a lot of my old favourite authors do nothing for me now but I’m still trying to figure out what does. The Dark Web Murders was claimed to be dark, that’s what peaked my interest and I can’t say it disappointed. I’m not going to lie, the point where I really found my self absorbed in the book was when the dog was poisoned, I just love that sort of stuff. As someone very new to mystery’s I think I got the full effect of the novel as it had me guessing to the very end. I definitely am interested in exploring both the murder mystery genre and Brian O’Hare’s writing in the future. Overall a 4/5 Really my only issue is not with the writing or the story but rather the format I read it in. Brian O’Hare kindly emailed me the e-book to read, which I appreciate and was awesome but I’m a classic paperback reader and I was a little uncomfortable holding a phone and reading.

  7. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars You can view my full review here: https://forums.onlinebookclub.org/vie... An intriguing murder mystery with a murderer who has a very specific M.O. and enjoys writing about his murders, boasting and justifying himself to those on the Dark Web. Chief Inspector Sheehan and his team are faced with an overabundance of suspects and so many different areas of investigation that it doesn't seem like they will be able to piece together the very few pieces of evidence left behind Actual rating: 3.5 stars You can view my full review here: https://forums.onlinebookclub.org/vie... An intriguing murder mystery with a murderer who has a very specific M.O. and enjoys writing about his murders, boasting and justifying himself to those on the Dark Web. Chief Inspector Sheehan and his team are faced with an overabundance of suspects and so many different areas of investigation that it doesn't seem like they will be able to piece together the very few pieces of evidence left behind in time to stop the murderer. Not very action-packed but still an intriguing and captivating read, The Dark Web Murders is an excellent representation of the crime and mystery genre.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Wynd

    To me, the sign of a good mystery written is one whose books leave you questioning right to the end and Brian O'Hare's Dark Web Murders did. Everytime I believed I had a clue or suspect sorted more questions arose. Further deepening the hook was the topical issues involved. O'Brien's writes at the conclusion of the book questioning what will happen"if such depravity becomes the norm? Or more concerningly has it already" leaving the reader with a thought to chew on and questions to ponder even as To me, the sign of a good mystery written is one whose books leave you questioning right to the end and Brian O'Hare's Dark Web Murders did. Everytime I believed I had a clue or suspect sorted more questions arose. Further deepening the hook was the topical issues involved. O'Brien's writes at the conclusion of the book questioning what will happen"if such depravity becomes the norm? Or more concerningly has it already" leaving the reader with a thought to chew on and questions to ponder even as the murder and book concludes. I was fortunate enough to receive this book to read and review from the author through Voracious Reader and now I am definitely going to pursue other works by O'Brien.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Aleks

    Firstly, thank you to the author for providing me with a free copy of the book via Voracious Readers Only in exchange for a fair review. This is one of my favourite books this year, it kept me hooked from the first chapter. The story moved at a reasonable pace and the characters were realistic and likable (at least the ones reader is supposed to like). As someone who reads murder mystery often, there were enough hints in the book for me to guess the murderer and the motive but still couldn't put Firstly, thank you to the author for providing me with a free copy of the book via Voracious Readers Only in exchange for a fair review. This is one of my favourite books this year, it kept me hooked from the first chapter. The story moved at a reasonable pace and the characters were realistic and likable (at least the ones reader is supposed to like). As someone who reads murder mystery often, there were enough hints in the book for me to guess the murderer and the motive but still couldn't put the book down.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sahani Perera, The Book Sherpa

    An readers seeking for one hell of a ride in the world of Inspector Sheehan then this is just the book for you. I too wouldn't mind asking the same question: why isn't Brian O'Hare known in the detective world? He really knows to paint a fine picture in his fine work. Highly recommended it to detective lovers. An readers seeking for one hell of a ride in the world of Inspector Sheehan then this is just the book for you. I too wouldn't mind asking the same question: why isn't Brian O'Hare known in the detective world? He really knows to paint a fine picture in his fine work. Highly recommended it to detective lovers.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Eda Vistac

    Absolutely absorbing read. The action started from the first page and did not abate until the last page. This is one of those books you would read in a single sitting, just to see what happens next. The characters were extremely well thought out and totally engrossing. Reading this was a pleasure.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bruce Perrin

    An Engrossing Murder Thriller with a Gut-Wrenching Finale The Dark Web Murders is an engrossing—and by its end, harrowing—serial-killer, murder thriller. Initially, it’s a ‘crowd whodunit,’ deriving mystery from the excess of viable, and in this case, powerful suspects. “So, we have a dead judge who has just been partying with another judge, a law professor, a couple of property millionaires, a prominent surgeon, a well-known barrister, a socialite and a playboy, a gambling machines tycoon, a med An Engrossing Murder Thriller with a Gut-Wrenching Finale The Dark Web Murders is an engrossing—and by its end, harrowing—serial-killer, murder thriller. Initially, it’s a ‘crowd whodunit,’ deriving mystery from the excess of viable, and in this case, powerful suspects. “So, we have a dead judge who has just been partying with another judge, a law professor, a couple of property millionaires, a prominent surgeon, a well-known barrister, a socialite and a playboy, a gambling machines tycoon, a media mogul, a top civil servant, and a restaurateur.” This part of the story has the feel of a well-developed police procedural, bolstered by the considerable deductive skills of our protagonist, Chief Inspector Jim Sheehan. “Sheehan didn’t miss the deliberate nature of the judge’s composure.” That’s a lot of fine reading of body language. The author maintains and grows the tension by giving the reader insights before Sheehan and his team; we are reading the blog posts of our demented killer on the dark web well before Sergeant Stewart discovers them. I found myself yelling at the book, trying to tell Sheehan not to get distracted. But distracted, he isn’t. He’s picking up on some very subtle clues that are sprinkled throughout the story. But author Brian O’Hare didn’t just plant understated evidence for the killer—that’s not devious enough for this writer. He had me suspecting another individual almost from the start with a series of chance meetings and mannerisms that fit our killer. If you like being fooled as much as I, you’ll enjoy the author’s skill at planting red herrings. The story ends with a well-known but extremely well-written, gut-wrenching moral dilemma. My qualms about the book are few and quite minor. For one, the story felt complete a couple of chapters before the book ended. Even the method Sheehan used to fill in the details of the killer’s motivation seemed unnecessary; Sheehan already knew where to get those answers. Also, the killer’s posts on the dark web are complex, pseudo-philosophical arguments written in a style reminiscent of nineteenth-century novelists such as Austen, the Brontes, Dickens, and others. I understand Sheehan’s interest in those posts—what serial killer doesn’t leave clues to identity in his or her manifesto—but how did the killer get such a following on the dark web? The killer’s motivation also seemed a bit at odds with the his/her description as a narcissistic psychopath, although no diagnosis will fit any specific individual perfectly. And finally, some of the content deals with depraved, sexual behavior—pedophilia, extreme sadism to the point of death, human trafficking. If you are strongly affected by such topics, be forewarned. Overall, The Dark Web Murders is an engrossing murder thriller filled with subtle clues, only some of which point to the killer. I was given a copy of the book by the author. I elected to write this candid review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kim Williams

    THE DARK WEB MURDERS by Brian O’Hare is both disturbing and complex as Chief Inspector Sheehan’s team converges to solve a heinous crime. Vengeful rants by a mysterious persona on the Dark Web details the murder, the first of many to come, in explicit detail. As the team struggles to find a connection between the murdered victims and eliminate suspects, the killer rampages towards the ultimate take-down and is one step ahead of the police. Can they out-pace a narcissistic psychopath before it’s THE DARK WEB MURDERS by Brian O’Hare is both disturbing and complex as Chief Inspector Sheehan’s team converges to solve a heinous crime. Vengeful rants by a mysterious persona on the Dark Web details the murder, the first of many to come, in explicit detail. As the team struggles to find a connection between the murdered victims and eliminate suspects, the killer rampages towards the ultimate take-down and is one step ahead of the police. Can they out-pace a narcissistic psychopath before it’s too late? An initiation party into the nefarious group known as the Fulfilment for the Enlightened Club ends with a murder, providing Sheehan’s team with a colorful list of suspects. As the murdered pile climbs, a blog details each tragic event justifying the murderer’s methods. The murderer panders to the twisted clientele of the Dark Web with philosophical insight and vengeful rants. As the police pursue the truth, unspeakable debauchery among the rich and influential is revealed. The judge’s murderer, however, is far from whom they expected. I enjoyed the investigational aspects of the novel and the author’s ability to keep the reader guessing until the very end. O’Hare delves into the darkest recesses of the human mind exposing uncomfortable topics. I almost stopped reading for this reason alone. The murderer’s blog rants were too long, disrupting the pace of the novel. Also, repetitive explanations were redundant. For example, a discussion would occur in debriefing only to be repeated almost verbatim at a later time. This novel will appeal to the crime fiction reader with one stipulation. Those who would rather avoid disturbing sexual behavior should not attempt to read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mrs A J Perry

    More twists and turns, ups and downs than a roller coaster. O'Hare is a master thriller writer. Had me guessing from the off, and yes I did manage to work out who by skilled was before it was revealed, but the read was most rewarding. If you don't like gory murders, if you have no sense of humour, give this a miss. If you love gritty mysteries the don't miss it!!! More twists and turns, ups and downs than a roller coaster. O'Hare is a master thriller writer. Had me guessing from the off, and yes I did manage to work out who by skilled was before it was revealed, but the read was most rewarding. If you don't like gory murders, if you have no sense of humour, give this a miss. If you love gritty mysteries the don't miss it!!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ron Ellen

    Kind of scary to think how easy this would be

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jane Finch

    A great read that will have you catch your breath and look over your shoulder. Great pace and superb writing. Recommended.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Abigayle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I absolutely loved this book and couldn’t put it down! It begins with a prologue about a young man being taken to prison and the unfortunate set of incidents that unfold for him. Then Chapter 1 opens the story 6 years later from the perspective of Judge Neeson, who it appears is being blackmailed by an unknown assailant. Just as it looks like the blackmail story is getting juicy Neeson is murdered. We are then introduced to DCI Jim Sheehan who leads us through most of the remainder of the book w I absolutely loved this book and couldn’t put it down! It begins with a prologue about a young man being taken to prison and the unfortunate set of incidents that unfold for him. Then Chapter 1 opens the story 6 years later from the perspective of Judge Neeson, who it appears is being blackmailed by an unknown assailant. Just as it looks like the blackmail story is getting juicy Neeson is murdered. We are then introduced to DCI Jim Sheehan who leads us through most of the remainder of the book whilst he and his team try to piece together who murdered the Judge and why, and what relation, if any, the spate of murders that follows has to do with this case. I really enjoyed the book. I found it pacey and twisty, with just the right amount of detail released at any one time to keep you guessing about the murderer’s identity or the mystery of what was going on. The characters were well fleshed out and believable. The reasoning and motive of the killer was brilliantly portrayed, so you could really get a sense of his world view and justification for what he was doing. The police were just stupid enough not to work it out too quickly without being stereotypes, and each officer in the team helps to solve the riddle, reflecting accurately how real police detectives work to solve crimes. I highly recommend the book and will be reading more of Brian’s work!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Denna

    I have yet to read a novel by Brian O’Hare that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy, and The Dark Web Murders is no exception. Over the years I’ve grown to know and love Chief Inspector Sheehan and his team. I enjoy following the clues that have been so expertly laid out by O’Hare and try to figure out who the murderer is? Sheehan will be pushed to the edge in this particular story, unknowingly placing himself and his team in the crosshairs. The killer is a real piece of work, a psychopathic monster, and I have yet to read a novel by Brian O’Hare that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy, and The Dark Web Murders is no exception. Over the years I’ve grown to know and love Chief Inspector Sheehan and his team. I enjoy following the clues that have been so expertly laid out by O’Hare and try to figure out who the murderer is? Sheehan will be pushed to the edge in this particular story, unknowingly placing himself and his team in the crosshairs. The killer is a real piece of work, a psychopathic monster, and the other suspects involved are no better. The story touches on the dark side of humanity and will likely make you squirm as you read. I know I did. I think what makes it so horrifying, at least for me, is to know that no matter how terrible, what happens in the Dark Web is a very real part of our society. If you enjoy thrillers, if you like to follow the clues and try to figure out a murder mystery for yourself, you can’t go wrong with novels by Brian O’Hare. The Dark Web Murders is an excellent crime novel that sits right up there with the best of them.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    This is the 4th book in the series. I think you could read them as stand alones, but I think these types of books flow better from the first book. Well what of this book? So many twists and turns. Perhaps a little bit gruesome, but very believable. Characters are well written, the story is fast paced. I couldn't put it down. Where has Brian O'Hare been hiding himself and why have I not found him before now? I need to go back to the start of the series. This is the 4th book in the series. I think you could read them as stand alones, but I think these types of books flow better from the first book. Well what of this book? So many twists and turns. Perhaps a little bit gruesome, but very believable. Characters are well written, the story is fast paced. I couldn't put it down. Where has Brian O'Hare been hiding himself and why have I not found him before now? I need to go back to the start of the series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Veronica Hernandez

    "The Dark Web Murders" by Brian O'Hare kept me reading till the end. An intense thriller about what can happen and probably is happening throughout the world regarding sexual deviants, against children, teens and adults for the pleasure of men and women with money. This sexual perversion crosses all boundaries. Death for money and secrets. Well written." "The Dark Web Murders" by Brian O'Hare kept me reading till the end. An intense thriller about what can happen and probably is happening throughout the world regarding sexual deviants, against children, teens and adults for the pleasure of men and women with money. This sexual perversion crosses all boundaries. Death for money and secrets. Well written."

  21. 5 out of 5

    Olga Miret

    I received an ARC copy of this book that I freely chose to review. Although this is the fourth book in the Inspector Sheehan Mystery series, this is the third book I’ve read because I caught up on it in the second book, the 11:05 Murders and I have kept reading the new ones (you can check my review of The Coven Murders here, where you will also find a link to my review of the previous book). And I can confirm that I have enjoyed them all. By the way, any readers of this book who enjoy it but hav I received an ARC copy of this book that I freely chose to review. Although this is the fourth book in the Inspector Sheehan Mystery series, this is the third book I’ve read because I caught up on it in the second book, the 11:05 Murders and I have kept reading the new ones (you can check my review of The Coven Murders here, where you will also find a link to my review of the previous book). And I can confirm that I have enjoyed them all. By the way, any readers of this book who enjoy it but haven’t read the first one in the series either, I recommend you keep reading the book until the end, including the extra materials, because the author kindly offers copies of the first book to any readers who request them directly. So there’s no excuse. (And that makes me think… what am I waiting for?) This fourth instalment in the series has all the elements fans have come to love, and any readers of police procedurals would expect to find. There are weird murders, a clever and truly twisted murderer, bizarre clues and possible motives, plenty of red herrings, twists and turns galore and a fascinating background to the story (the dark web, a pretty unique club, corruption, debauchery, blackmail... even Brexit makes an appearance!). If you love puzzles and crosswords you'll have a slight advantage when trying to solve the case, but you need to keep your wits about you and pay close attention to even the smallest details (although I must confess that I did not guess the murderer this time, and I was derailed by a red herring. On my defence, though, I did uncover one of the major clues faster than the members of the team and even the expert, but then, although I hardly do crosswords these days, I used to be a fan). It also has the Northern Irish setting that is always an important aspect to the stories in the series, and in this case there are no paranormal aspects, like in the last book, but we have interesting philosophical and moral debates about the nature of justice, retribution, and the risks inherent in taking the law in one’s hands. One of my favourite aspects of the books in this series is the interaction between the members of the team, who are all unique but work together well, despite moments of tension and misunderstandings. We get to learn more about the characters, we see how even some that seemed very set in their ways have developed and play a bigger role in this novel, and I was pleased to catch up with them. That does not mean this book cannot be read as a stand-alone. In fact, the author has followed readers’ suggestions and has added a list of characters at the beginning of the book, including the members of the team and also those pertaining to the story, and he has also included terminology used by UK police, to make sure that readers not familiar with it have no difficulties following the action, making it even easier to follow. Although there are passing references to events from previous novels, these are not fundamental to the story or the development of the plot, and there is no cliff-hanger at the end either, so don’t hesitate to read the novel if you like the sound of it. My only word of caution would be that you are likely to get hooked onto the series, so, don’t say I didn’t warn you. The book is written in the third person, mostly from Sheehan’s point of view, although also from some of the other members of his team, and we also get a prologue (pay attention) and extremely intriguing blog posts interspersed in the book, that are clearly related to the action, that is narrated in chronological order. There is sufficient background provided to all the topics that come up in the story to ensure readers can enjoy it, but this does not unduly delay the action, and the writing flows well, and gathers momentum as it goes along. As I’ve said, it’s impossible to read the book without getting caught up in the intrigue and debating the clues as if you were another member of the team. This is a strong and solid police procedural, with a fascinating and pretty dark case that will supposed a first-rate challenge for those who love a bit of detecting, and look for an interesting background and characters they can root for. Another gripping book by Brian O’Hare. I am eagerly awaiting the next one.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kate Smith

    I like the twists and turns in this book and the motive. You can guess the motive from the beginning of the book but you can't guess the true ins and outs. There were a couple of different stories going on which helped the story unravel. I usually read this kind of genre - crime. It was one of the good ones which you couldn't guess. I was hooked from the first chapter and sometimes crime books take me a few chapters to get into. I couldn't put the book down. The story flowed really well. The only t I like the twists and turns in this book and the motive. You can guess the motive from the beginning of the book but you can't guess the true ins and outs. There were a couple of different stories going on which helped the story unravel. I usually read this kind of genre - crime. It was one of the good ones which you couldn't guess. I was hooked from the first chapter and sometimes crime books take me a few chapters to get into. I couldn't put the book down. The story flowed really well. The only thing I didn't like was the descriptions of people at the beginning of the book - some of the information was not relevant and never came up in the story. Also I get a feeling for the characters and learn about them as I read. With so many characters described I quickly forgot the information about each character. I understand the author had done this as people had commented that they would prefer this but me personally I didn't like it. Some of the information that came to light in the book shocked me and the book is definitely not for the faint hearted. Although it is fiction it does remind you that this stuff really does go on. The audience is definitely adults due to the content which was shocking. I would 100% read the other books in this series. I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author via Voracious Readers Only.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jane Wilde

    A long awaited book and it didn’t disappoint! Superbly written, with well formed characters, It’s dark, it makes you check under the bed at night but I couldn’t put it down. The police team have now become beloved characters and you’re with them every step of the way as they pick through the gruesome details that make up the horrific crimes of a serial killer. I was convinced I knew who the murderer was- I was wrong- but I couldn’t stop reading until I’d found out for sure. This book held my att A long awaited book and it didn’t disappoint! Superbly written, with well formed characters, It’s dark, it makes you check under the bed at night but I couldn’t put it down. The police team have now become beloved characters and you’re with them every step of the way as they pick through the gruesome details that make up the horrific crimes of a serial killer. I was convinced I knew who the murderer was- I was wrong- but I couldn’t stop reading until I’d found out for sure. This book held my attention until the bitter end- don’t relax, there is a dramatic climax!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Frank Frisson

    For me, there is nothing better than to sit down on a nice comfortable chair with an excellent and well worked out crime novel that harbors it's own unique touch. Brian O'Hare astounded me with both The Doom Murders and The Coven Murders, respectively book 1 and 3 of the Inspector Jim Sheehan Mysteries. The Dark Web Murders is the fourth book in this excellent series and it's also set in Northern Island, where Sheehan and his team deal with serial killers while confronted with obstacles in and o For me, there is nothing better than to sit down on a nice comfortable chair with an excellent and well worked out crime novel that harbors it's own unique touch. Brian O'Hare astounded me with both The Doom Murders and The Coven Murders, respectively book 1 and 3 of the Inspector Jim Sheehan Mysteries. The Dark Web Murders is the fourth book in this excellent series and it's also set in Northern Island, where Sheehan and his team deal with serial killers while confronted with obstacles in and out of the realm of law enforcement. Chief Inspector Jim Sheehan and his team investigates the murder of one Judge Trevor Neeson, his corpse found with a camel-hair overcoat that has been carefully draped over it. The second person to get murdered is a teacher. After going through a couple of official death threats made out to the judge, Sheehan can't help but wonder if the two deaths are connected. After a third death, a blog post on the dark web - a sinister network with off-the-wall data - reveals who the killer is, a psychopath with an interesting mental state and a unique sense of justice. The author begins his book with his prologue set on the date August, 2012. Isolated from his family, Kevin Lane is sentenced to serve time in Magilligan Prison for seven years for a serious offence that might just be an accident. Manslaughter. He gets attacked by two men in the prison shower and ends up murdered, his death registered as accidental. For the most part, there's a cloud of vagueness surrounding the significance of Lane's death as to that of the others. In the month of August, 2018, Judge Trevor Neeson gets murdered. A connection to Lane's death is eventually made. A married man, Sheehan, as I remember him, is still an intuitive detective who gets his most important answers by clearing his mind for, how the author tends to put it, enlightenment. While working a case, he has a habit of making notes of thoughts in his mind and observations. He has a unique ability to show empathy for people with criminal backgrounds. The detectives on his team respect him a lot. Sheehan's female partner is Detective Sergeant Denise Steward who is very helpful and resourceful when it comes to getting information. Especially through her smartphone and computers. It is through her handy work that, despite Sheehan's innate disapproval, the Dark Web becomes a factor for solving the murders. I wouldn't call Stewart dumb, but only inexperienced in Sheehan's eyes. Sheehan seems to always want to teach her something. For example: she would ask him a question, he would give her a quick answer, and he would look at his watch. Stewart seems to want to grow up fast in Sheehan's eyes by thinking out of the box. Another member of Sheehan's team include Sergeant McCullough, a stout and balding man in his late fifties who has gotten a brand new perspective on the world because of a prior case they worked on involving Satanists. Other detectives on his team include McNeil, McBride, and Collins. My favorite still happens to be Campbell, the forensics expert. "Philosophy is objective. Suffering is subjective. Philosophy simply examines ideas. Suffering is real. And when the right to vengeance is denied, there comes great outrage and a deep-seated infuriation that cries to heaven for action." This quote comes from a blog post that an intriguing and beguiling blogger using the alias Nemein wrote that a number of internet users all over Northern Island wrote. It sits with me because I have my own experiences with holding onto bottled up anger as an introvert. O'Hare writes that Nemein is a Greek word that means "to give what is due". It strongly looks like he can be the killer, but his gender, after a third blog post that he published, is up for debate. Suspected of being highly intelligent and manipulative, Nemein might be a man, woman, or a transgender male. Nemein's psych is one of the most fascinating I've come across. His blog posts reveal a lot about his personality. He is an excellent writer who writes like an old style writer and who uses, as Detective Miller puts it, five dollar words. He seems to be hard at work to build his law breaking audience on the dark web with his/her beautiful writing capabilities. O'Hare has a savvy way of illustrating the high and mighty, using words like dignified and glitterati. There are some unique things to learn like safety procedures concerning things like safes and investing good money on it. Police procedures for victims trying to recognize a perpetrator's voice are also expertly defined. The author inserts information about medications that can have a negative influence on readers with homicidal or suicidal tendencies. It's quite informative, and I thought I'd use this paragraph to criticize the author on it, but thankfully it's not overly promotional (the blogger Nemein's knowledge). He writes about something called strychnine, a type of poison that used to be easy to purchase over the counter and was used commonly for pest control. The difference between male and female psychopaths is a subject of great debate. But the correlation between this and Sheehan's partnership with Stewart cannot go unnoticed. Thus, it seems like the author goes out of his way to illustrate how different the overall female mind is versus the male mind, and that how the combination of both brings with it a good end result. Brian O'Hare induces some hair raising stimuli as the killer's MO turns from routine to outright sadistic and Medieval. I wasn't as thrilled with the killer's true identity when it was revealed as I thought I'd be: it gets revealed close to the ending of the book. Boiling down to an inhumane choice that has to be made, the writing carries with it a dark and malefic spirit of revenge pitted against years of investigative experience, brewing intuitive talent, and the squelching of topsy-turvy and bright gold star worthy teamwork on the side of justice.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Heather W

    The Dark Web Murders is the fourth book in The Inspector Sheehan Mysteries series and is a compelling crime thriller. I really enjoyed this book and found the characters to be well developed. The storyline is well written and flows nicely, with a serial killer, taunts on the dark web, suspense, twists and turns, and a great conclusion. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Billie

    I AM NEMEIN. I AM EMOTIONALLY DETACHED FROM MY KILLINGS. I AM NOT, THEREFORE, A MURDERER. I AM AN INSTRUMENT OF NEMESIS, A PUNISHER. This is a theme running through a number of blogs on the Dark Web, written by a serial killer. He is highly intelligent and employs philosophical argument to justify a series of gruesome murders. However, he describes the killings in lurid detail, and with such gloating relish, that he utterly negates his delusion of detachment and reveals himself to be a cold-blood I AM NEMEIN. I AM EMOTIONALLY DETACHED FROM MY KILLINGS. I AM NOT, THEREFORE, A MURDERER. I AM AN INSTRUMENT OF NEMESIS, A PUNISHER. This is a theme running through a number of blogs on the Dark Web, written by a serial killer. He is highly intelligent and employs philosophical argument to justify a series of gruesome murders. However, he describes the killings in lurid detail, and with such gloating relish, that he utterly negates his delusion of detachment and reveals himself to be a cold-blooded, narcissistic psychopath. Sheehan and his team rush headlong down a series of blind alleys in the pursuit of the psychopath, who continues to murder his victims with impunity. He is fiendishly clever, utterly ruthless, and tests Sheehan's famed intuition to the limit. Indeed, Sheehan only learns the truth during a horrific climax when some members of his team experience a most harrowing ‘laceration of the soul’ that they will never be able to forget. It is unlikely that the reader will either. This is my first book by this author but it won't be my last! Wonderful well written plot and story line that had me gripped from the start. Well fleshed out characters that I enjoyed following on this journey. Twists and turns keep the suspense level high and guessing til the end. Can't wait to read more from this author. Recommend reading. I read a complimentary advance copy of the book; this is my voluntary and honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Keisha

    The Dark Web Murders There is a murderer on the loose, very few clues, and little to nothing connecting each victim. Nothing, except a vicious and deadly head injury and an unseemly placed police instrument. Chief Inspector Sheehan heads an eight detective team (with members of varying degrees of experience) on an epic manhunt. The curves keep coming as they search for the murderer known only as Neimen. The Dark Web Murders by Brian O'Hare is a fast-paced, character-driven, detective thriller. Thi The Dark Web Murders There is a murderer on the loose, very few clues, and little to nothing connecting each victim. Nothing, except a vicious and deadly head injury and an unseemly placed police instrument. Chief Inspector Sheehan heads an eight detective team (with members of varying degrees of experience) on an epic manhunt. The curves keep coming as they search for the murderer known only as Neimen. The Dark Web Murders by Brian O'Hare is a fast-paced, character-driven, detective thriller. This is book four in The Inspector Sheehan Mysteries series. Readers will be delighted with two unexpected additions to this book. The Dramatis Personne and the Northern Ireland Police Acronym list, both precede the novel and come in handy for readers. The Dark Web Murders was a wonderful read and I gave it 5 out of 5 stars. If you decide to read it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. You can see my full review here: https://forums.onlinebookclub.org/vie...

  28. 4 out of 5

    Grady

    Dastardly deeds – and one fine mystery novel! Irish author Brian O’Hare was Assistant Director of Southern Regional College in Newry in Northern Ireland, writing many articles for educational journals as well as reports for the Department of Education and the University of Ulster. He retired early following a liver transplant to become a highly respected author of fiction. His books to date include A SPIRITUAL ODYSSEY, FALLEN MEN, and the INSPECTOR SHEEHAN MYSTERY series of which this is Book 4, Dastardly deeds – and one fine mystery novel! Irish author Brian O’Hare was Assistant Director of Southern Regional College in Newry in Northern Ireland, writing many articles for educational journals as well as reports for the Department of Education and the University of Ulster. He retired early following a liver transplant to become a highly respected author of fiction. His books to date include A SPIRITUAL ODYSSEY, FALLEN MEN, and the INSPECTOR SHEEHAN MYSTERY series of which this is Book 4, THE DARK WEB MURDERS. Brian acknowledges his concern for his readers by offering a very fine cast of characters to help keep the story accessible, a glossary of abbreviations used in the book, and then offers an informational (and atmospheric) Prologue, set in the year 2012 (the story that follows takes place in 2018): ‘It was a soft prison, he had been told. Medium security overall, with low security accommodation for selected prisoners. His friend had tried to sound cheerful but the concern in his eyes was inescapable. The unexpected display of feeling, however, had pleased the boy, despite his dire situation. They hugged, the boy tearful. “I’ll come and see you when I can,” his friend had promised, and again trying to allay fears, he added, “Keep your head down, Kevin. Stay out of trouble and you’ll serve only half your sentence. You’ll be out in three years.” The words carried small comfort now. The young man stared apprehensively through the prison-bus window as Magilligan Prison came into view. He fought panic as his eyes traversed the bleak, lonely landscape, the seeming miles of fences surrounding low, concrete, H-shaped buildings. His breathing began to come in short gasps. Deep breaths, he urged himself. Don’t lose control. The hard men are in the Maze….’ Masterfully written, the complex plot is summarized as follows: ‘I am Nemein. I am emotionally detached from my killings. I am not, therefore, a murderer. I am an instrument of Nemesis, a Punisher.’ This is a theme running through a number of blogs on the Dark Web, written by a serial killer. He is highly intelligent and employs philosophical argument to justify a series of gruesome murders. However, he describes the killings in lurid detail, and with such gloating relish, that he utterly negates his delusion of detachment and reveals himself to be a cold-blooded, narcissistic psychopath. Inspector Sheehan and his team rush headlong down a series of blind alleys in the pursuit of the psychopath, who continues to murder his victims with impunity. He is fiendishly clever, utterly ruthless, and tests Sheehan's famed intuition to the limit. Indeed, Sheehan only learns the truth during a horrific climax when some members of his team experience a most harrowing ‘laceration of the soul’ that they will never be able to forget.’ This is mystery writing of the highest quality by an author who deserves very wide recognition. Highly Recommended.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    First book I have read by this author and I wasn't disappointed. Murders being commented, revenge murders? Recounted in the dark web in his blog for all to read, his fans. Step by step detailing as to the who, the why and the how each person met their end. Very descriptive wording so not for the faint of heart. Very good writing that keeps you turning the pages. Book given free by author via voraciousreaders.com First book I have read by this author and I wasn't disappointed. Murders being commented, revenge murders? Recounted in the dark web in his blog for all to read, his fans. Step by step detailing as to the who, the why and the how each person met their end. Very descriptive wording so not for the faint of heart. Very good writing that keeps you turning the pages. Book given free by author via voraciousreaders.com

  30. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    A gripping, quick paced, compelling read! Intense! Complex! Disturbing! Scary! Grusome! Well written. Well thought out characters. Contained a few unnessary (cuss) words. Read! I received a copy of this book free from VRO and this is my voluntary honest review.

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