I expected this book to be a Scottish Borders version of Midsomer Murders but I quickly realised it was to be a far darker and more gripping experience.
“A Scottish village. A burning corpse. And a doctor who must discover who’s killing her patients before she becomes the next victim.”
There are several intricate plot strands running through the story and the author skilfully knits them into a credible and shocking tale. The main character is an intriguing figure – we are drip fed clues to her background that explain the defensive barriers she has built up around herself. I enjoyed the way she stood up for herself in spite of her doubts and insecurities and this meant I was rooting for her 100% throughout the book.
Most of the plot was tied up satisfactorily by the end of the book but with one of the best cliffhanger endings I’ve read recently the author has me eagerly awaiting the sequel.
I recommend No Stranger To Death to fans of crime fiction with a difference – a main character unconnected to the police – and readers who enjoy trying to solve an intricate puzzle.
My copy was purchased from Amazon Kindle store.
One of the creepiest books I have read (and I read a lot of creepy books).
“You won’t remember Mr Heming. He showed you round your comfortable home, suggested a sustainable financial package, negotiated a price with the owner and called you with the good news. The less good news is that, all these years later, he still has the key.
That’s absurd, you laugh. Of all the many hundreds of houses he has sold, why would he still have the key to mine? The answer to that is, he has the keys to them all.”
I’ve had this book on my to-read list for several months but moved it to the top after a strong recommendation from fellow crime fiction lover Janet O’Kane. Now of course I wish I’d read it sooner.
The story is told entirely from the viewpoint of the narrator, Mr Heming. He tells us of his obsessive activities as if they are perfectly normal and rational and I admit that for large parts of the book I was on his side. We also learn in instalments about his disturbed childhood. A cast of characters from past and present make this a rich and interesting story as well as a gripping thriller. The plot develops smoothly but with moments of genuine horror thrown in along the way.
It’s a 5 star read (though I had a couple of niggles regarding the likelihood of some of the action going unnoticed).
Thank you to the publisher, via Netgalley, for the e-book to review.
I love seeing books I’ve enjoyed “in the wild” in bookshops or libraries, waiting for lots of other people to discover them. I’ve decided to start a photo collection here. Is it just me?
A Dark And Twisted Tide by Sharon Bolton and The Long Fall by Julia Crouch, Blackburn Library 17/02/2015.