The first time I have come across this author ... and what a find. An excellent story, kept me guessing right to the end. More than just a writer, he..Show More » is a wordsmith too and some of the language was almost poetry! I believe he won an award with this book and it was well deserved. Will look for his other book now, A hand for a hand.
Must also mention the narrator who really did bring this story to life. He was a pleasure to listen to. Will watch out for him too.
The story was well told. I enjoyed the narrator better than the narrative which, for me had too much explicit detail, both of brutal happenings and s..Show More »exual scenes - is Andy Gilchrist the "James Bond" of the Fife Constabulary?. However, if I gloss over those things, or if you like them, this was a good story, though I am not sure it lives up to the rave reviews I have seen to date. I will listen to the next one in the series as I feel that, all things considered, it could get better and I like Scottish detectives and Scotland.
Loved these books having now read all three in the series currently available on audible. Really like this narrator and hope they will stick with him..Show More » in future books in the series. You do need to read them in the correct order and will certainly enjoy them all the more for doing so. They are pretty clever books with enough twists and turns to keep you listening late into the night. Like Gilchrist and his sidekicks and would hope this series will continue to delight as the charactors are developed further, So far this author puts me in mind of Caro Ramsay who I am a great fan of.
I really enjoyed this. If you have read the previous three books you will enjoy this. Like the previous novels the book has a good mixture of characte..Show More »rs and some very tense scenes. There are some really chilling characters which are well written. Gilchrist also has a new sidekick who is the most irritable and annoying character - definitely a test for his and the readers patience! A good listen - very good performance from the reader. I will certainly keep reading the series.
Like many I’ve really enjoyed this series. The combination of action, fine characters, grisly yet multi-layered plots and excellent narration have be..Show More »en a powerful and winning combination. This time things have changed a little. Compared to The Meating Room and others that preceded it this is a much more considered and less frenetic episode. I still enjoyed it and the narration is, of course still excellent. The plot has the usual twists and turns and Gilchrist’s stress levels are indeed raised because of the case, his family and his relationship with Cooper. Gilchrist also has an interesting tussle with an old enemy within the force and Jessie continues to be a star in her own inimitable way.
It is undoubtedly a change of pace though. Don’t get me wrong it’s a way off becoming Midsomer Murders and there are some tough subjects at the core of this. I do wonder though if Muir struggled a bit with the child theme and reigned in his usual exuberance a bit as a result. Everything naturally becomes more sensitive once young children are at the core of a plot.
I’d still recommend this, I still enjoyed it but it is worth noting that it does run to a different tempo and tone in some ways to the other books. I think these things and the darkening relationship that Gilchrist has with Cooper mean that while still a worthy book it won’t go down as a favourite of mine in this series.