Saturday, July 21, 2018

"Into the Darkness"

Sibel Hodge is the author of the number-one bestsellers Look Behind You, Untouchable and Duplicity. Her books have sold over a million copies in the UK, USA, Australia, France, Canada and Germany.

Hodge applied the Page 69 Test to her new novel, Into the Darkness, and reported the following:
From page 69:
‘Toni…um…she asked for my help to show her how to get on the dark web because I know about computers. I’m studying computer science,’ Laura added for my benefit. ‘She thought we should do it together. But I didn’t want to go into the darkness. That’s what I called it. Those same words. That’s what Toni must’ve meant when she wrote that in her notebook. She must’ve done it without me. She must’ve started looking around down there.’

Corinne clenched her hands together in her lap. ‘I’ve never even heard about this dark web. If it exists with all this heinous stuff on it, why haven’t the police shut it down?’ Corinne asked incredulously. ‘How is it possible it even exists?’

‘Because the sites are really hard to find,’ Laura said. ‘The dark web is made up of encrypted networks that have been hidden. It’s super secure and anonymous. If you use proper OPSEC, it’s really hard, if not impossible, for the police to find what’s out there or who’s using it because IP addresses or location of devices on a network and servers are obscured.’
This is the point where ex-SAS operative Mitchell has firm confirmation that his missing goddaughter, Toni, was searching on the dark web and that it's connected to her disappearance. He realises his worst fear then. That Toni has been taken by a dark criminal enterprise intent on committing the most heinous crimes, and he's in a race against time to track her down and bring her back alive. This is both representative of the rest of the novel and not at the same time. It's a lull in the fast pace of Mitchell's investigation as he questions Toni's best friend for the first time. But an indication of the darkness that Toni has been caught up in.
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My Book, The Movie: Untouchable.

My Book, The Movie: Into the Darkness.

--Marshal Zeringue