Reader Reviewed Chasing the Dark by Sam Hepburn

Chasing the Dark

Written by Sam Hepburn

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June 2013 Debut of the Month An excellent page-turning adventure for all those who, like Joe, the hero of the story, are passionate about uncovering the truth. After Joe’s mum is mysteriously killed by a hit-and-run driver, Joe is sent to live with his unwelcoming aunt in the country. Exploring the local mansion which was abandoned after a murder, Joe comes across Yuri and is catapulted into danger as he ask some seriously evil people some probing questions. Joe’s questing courage is fun to follow.

A Piece of Passion from the Publisher Barry Cunningham

Don’t you just love a really dangerous mystery? One in which there are shady lords, faded film stars, horrible gangsters, and brave kids who take on the impossible to unravel deeply perilous secrets of the past? Well, this funny, fast and furious story by Sam Hepburn is what you and I have been waiting for! I can tell you who . . . urgghh . . . no, too late, urghhh . . . read the book!

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Chasing the Dark by Sam Hepburn

Joe’s an ordinary boy living with his mum on a rough London estate. But when she is killed in a hit-and-run car crash, he’s sure there’s more to her death than meets the eye. His investigation takes him on a dangerous journey. Chased by jewel-thieves and gangsters, he finds himself at an abandoned mansion that once belonged to a scandalous couple: a Sixties model and a vanished Lord. It’s here that Joe begins to uncover the truth of his secret family history of scandal, murder, and long-lost aristocrats.

Featuring an array of memorable characters, Chasing the Dark is a tense and deftly-plotted crime-mystery about a boy who, with the help of his dog Oz and his irrepressible friends, Bailey and Nina, must unravel his past to find a new future for himself.

Inspired by the Lord Peter Wimsey detective adventures by Dorothy L. Sayers, Dickens’ Great Expectations, the Lord Lucan mystery, and the opening of the KGB files, this is the first in a exciting new contemporary crime-mystery series for young teens.


Izzy Read, age 12 a captivating read, showing bravery and characters that people would instantly connect action-packed thriller with unusual twist and turns throughout the story, making you turn the page faster and faster each time. Click here to read the full review..

Amy Knight story suddenly flourished and became a fast paced action packed thriller Click here to read the full review..

Eleanor Storey, age 12 a fast paced, thrilling novel, with such a range of characters you can always relate to at least one of them, no matter what sort of person you are. Click here to read the full review..

Ayesha Afghan a great book for those who love adventure novels. Click here to read the full review...

Safiyah Afghan a thrilling, un-put-down-able book about undying love, friendship and determination. Well written and with a good storyline, Chasing the Dark is a wonderful book that will have readers wanting more. Click here to read the full review...

Aimee Sweet, age 11 I love the never-ending of not knowing what’s about to happen...the more I read the more I seemed to drag myself into this story. All I can advise for readers who are looking for a good book is this; get this one immediately! Click here to read the full review...

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About the Author

Sam Hepburn

Sam Hepburn read Modern Languages at Cambridge University before joining the BBC, where she was producer of factual programmes for over 25 years and was the Commissioner for the launch of BBC 4. She lives in London with her husband and three children.

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272 pages


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Chicken House Ltd

Publication date

6th June 2013




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