Police Sergeant William South has a reason for not wanting to be on the murder investigation. He is a murderer himself. But the victim was his only friend - like him, a passionate birdwatcher.
South is warily partnered with the strong-willed Detective Sergeant Alexandra Cupidi, newly recruited to the Kent coast from London. Together they find the body, violently beaten, forced inside a wooden chest. Only rage could kill a man like this. South knows it. But soon - too soon - they find a suspect: Donnie Fraser, a drifter from Northern Ireland. His presence in Kent disturbs William - because he knew him as a boy.
If the past is catching up with him, South wants to meet it head on. For even as he desperately investigates the connections, he knows there is no crime, however duplicitous or cruel, that can compare to the great lie of his childhood.
Moving from the storm-lashed, bird-wheeling skies of the Kent Coast to the wordless war of the Troubles, The Birdwatcher is a crime novel of suspense, intelligence and powerful humanity about fathers and sons, grief and guilt and facing the darkness within.
©2016 William Shaw (P)2016 WF Howes Ltd
Glued to a story, but could also be knitting , unknitting, cooking, drawing cats or doing Chinese Calligraphy and learning a language or try
The story moves from present to the past and Billy's childhood during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. It was well plotted and soon became engrossing.
The narrator Roger Davis was good too in conveying the atmosphere of the small Irish village community and the Kentish area of Dungeness.
I liked everything about this book. The narrator was good and didn't speak too fast and the story line kept me gripped. I found the characters very interesting.
I liked the way the book went back and forth in time and I found the Irish part of the book very interesting.
First time I have listened to Roger Davis. I found I could understand him and he did not speak too fast. I have a great deal of difficulty understanding narrators who talk fast especially if they have an accent. (Are some recordings are speeded up in the sound studio?)
There were several moving moments when William South was a young boy during the Troubles in Ireland.
This narration was ideal for me and just at the right speed. I hate it when narrators talk too fast and the sentences are one long garble, particularly if they speak in a strong accent. I give up because I just cannot understand them.
Quite an interesting tale with two parallel times being shown, South as a boy and as a man.
Although I guessed who the murderer would be it was still enjoyable as reasons unfolded. Well read by Roger Davis, the earlier life being told in a Northern Ireland accent it was easy to differentiate between the different times.
Excellent atmospheric book. Good characters and a strong storyline. Lead character was likable. Highly recommended for fans of Mo Hayder
This is my first William Shaw book...but I will definitely read the rest...well written, great characters..and a good old yarn...very well narrated.... I'm hoping there will be a sequel....
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.