Review: The Devil’s Claw by Lara Dearman


Jennifer Dorey thinks she is safe.

Following a traumatic incident in London, Jennifer has returned to her childhood home in Guernsey, taking a job as a reporter at the local newspaper.

After the discovery of a drowned woman on a beach, she uncovers a pattern of similar deaths that have taken place over the past fifty years.

Together with DCI Michael Gilbert, an officer on the verge of retirement, they follow a dark trail of island myths and folklore to ‘Fritz’, the illegitimate son of a Nazi soldier. His work, painstakingly executed, has so far gone undetected.

But with his identity about to be uncovered, the killer now has Jennifer in his sights.

And home is the last place she should be.


I’m not afraid of the darkness, only what it hides.

That super creepy tag line is super appropriate for this story! I found it to be a very promising serial killer thriller, but unfortunately it wasn’t quite for me.

My favorite part of this book was how much I enjoyed learning about the history of Guernsey Island – I didn’t know much about the Nazi occupation in World War 2 – and I also enjoyed learning about the folklore of the area.

I had a few issues with the structure of the book, for me personally, it didn’t work pacing-wise. There were one too many things going on and the way the chapters were broken down by characters unfortunately pumped the breaks a bit for me personally.

However, I feel that this is a strong story, if you enjoy serial killer thrillers, this one may be for you!

3 stars

Thank you so much to Crooked Lane books for providing me with an ARC!

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