One Dark, Two Light by Ruth Mancini – Book Review


New Year’s Eve, London.

Outside the Hope & Glory pub, a man has been left to die. A victim of extraordinary violence, he will never walk or speak again. He remains in hospital for months, until criminal defence lawyer Sarah Kellerman walks onto his ward.

Sarah barely recognises the man she once worked with – he was honourable and kind – what was he involved in? Who wanted him dead? But in her race to uncover the truth, Sarah comes to realise there are two men in her life that she never really knew at all…

From one of crime fiction’s most compelling voices, One Dark, Two Light is where the personal and criminal collide, as Sarah works to bring dark secrets into the light.



Sarah Kellerman is a lawyer, she’s also a single mum to Ben as her partner had left them many months before. She had started seeing Will, but he seems to have just started ignoring her.

However, she receives a message to say Will is in hospital fighting a really nasty infection, hence the disappearing act. So she goes to visit him in hospital and he’s very unwell but hopefully will recover, while she’s there, Sarah sees someone she knows, Mark Felding, a custody sergeant and a well respected officer, so why does no one know his name.

He had been the victim of a mugging and then a hit and run, due to a head injury he hasn’t been able to tell anyone who he was. So at least Sarah can now let them know and his poor family are told.

She’s concerned why nobody has reported him missing?

Well, then Sarah’s ex turns up wanting to try again, another woman is visiting Will and he clearly wants his relationship with Sarah kept secret and she really has concerns about what people are saying about Mark, as this doesn’t match what she’s knows about him…..

But, does she really know these two men at all? Can she find the truth about what has happened to Mark….or will being warned of by a Senior Police Officer put her off?….as if !!!!

I really enjoyed this twisty thriller, with its clever plotting and well developed characters. Sarah is a great, relatable character and she’s just such an empathetic person and really wants to help her clients and others. She’s dogged in her determination to get the truth. I read this in one sitting as I was hooked from start to finish. A compelling thriller and a great read.

Thank you to Victoria Joss at Head Of Zeus Books, for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest and unbiased review.




Ruth Mancini is a criminal defence lawyer, author and freelance writer. She lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and two children. 


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4 responses to “One Dark, Two Light by Ruth Mancini – Book Review”

  1. Sounds wonderful. I forgot to read this. I am in the tour gosh

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  2. I really like the sound of this one. Can’t recall when I lastly read a book in one sitting. Definitely adding this one. Great review.

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    1. Thank you. I hope you enjoy it too


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